Final memories of Jack MacAndrew

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Editor: Jack MacAndrew was a little older than I by four years and our relationship goes back many years, when he was my councillor at YMCA camp around 1948, at Holland Cove, named after the famous surveyor, Samuel Holland. Camp was a wonderful experience for a young boy, where we learned to obey camp rules get along with fellow campers, appreciate nature, play sports and do crafts, participate in church service outdoors and a break from our parents that worked both ways.

I went to hear Jack this January give the first talk on the early days of the Confederation Centre Theatre. Following, I had a talk with Jack and mentioned that I had spent a lifetime teaching high school and like many Islanders was very concerned about our present youth, using drugs and alcohol to excess. He said, "Errol, I don't have all the answers, but part of the problem is due to the influence of today's media, which teaches youth to slam authority and not properly criticize." Slamming means to show disagreement without thinking of what you are saying while criticism means disagreement with respect and thought.

I also remember Jack covering the Springhill, N.S., coal mine explosions of 1957 and 1958 as a young CBC TV journalist, which attracted world-wide attention. I was a student at nearby Mount Allison University, and accompanied fellow students with support, who had close relatives trapped in the mine.

I also enjoyed Jack's thought provoking editorials "The View from Here" in the Eastern Graphic, where publisher Paul MacNeill said Jack had a wonderful command of English, whether written or spoken. We shall all miss you Jack.

Errol Nicholson,


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