Territory continues to weave magic spell
31 January 2008
Siebrand Petrusma: I had a great time with you and the others at Mido on Tuesday. It was very special to meet up with the Donnisons after almost 47 years and I very much appreciated their coming. There is still much to catch up. It never ceases to amaze how even a few months of Territory association leaves lasting friendships. There obviously is something very special about these associations. Look forward to ongoing contact.
Keith: Norm Donnison, the famed ASOPA education lecturer, had two sets of twins in his six children. Norm was accompanied by his young family when setting up the first E Course in Rabaul in 1961 and they befriended the Petrusmas, who also went on to have two sets of twins. The other day the two families met for the first time in all those years: Siebrand and the Donnison kids Phil and Suzie (twins) and Gwennie (half a twin).
Colin Huggins: As you have noted since you first introduced the Vintage newsletter and then The Mail, there is something about Asopians. The emails of good wishes I received before going to hospital for back surgery were amazing. I truly was overcome with emotion. Please convey my heartfelt thanks to all.
Keith: Colin had speculated that “oysters, prawns and smoked salmon are not on the hospital menu - not to mention the absence of wine” and I sympathetically responded that it was “possible the enforced diet will be good for you, but remember, a man cannot live on anaesthetic alone.” Other people clearly had more empathetic ways of bringing tears to the eyes.
Diane Bohlen: It has been raining all day, so here comes another ASOPA video to watch on YouTube. It’s called ASOPA Classes 1958-75 and is a collection of old class photos. Unfortunately I haven't got every year. Hope you enjoy.”
You can find the latest ASOPA addition to YouTube right here.