Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Day 5 June 21, Brockville

Breakfast was downtown with our old friend Herb Sheridan. The restaurant was the on the site of the Peacock Inn where I first met Mavis. A bus tour of the town followed. It was led by the Brockville Museum director in a period costume. We learned stuff we had never known in the 13 years we lived in the town.

The last stop was at the Fulford Mansion which is now a National Historic Site. Fulford made a lot of money selling Lydia Pinkum's Pink Pills for Pale People. I  had always thought they were loaded with an addictive drug but the tour guide said that was not the case. George Fulford was just a remarkable marketer.

In the evening we had a boat cruise on the St Lawrence River with lots of food. In talking to people I established that there are still 3 or more of the switching systems I helped develop still in operation almost 40 years after the first one went into service. One services the fine folks that live in Witless Bay, Newfoundland.

Posted on 06/24/2008 1:55 AM by Bob Duthie
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