Frank is available for reserve 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016
FRANK HITCHENS is an astronomer from Perth who enjoys nothing more
than sharing his fascination with the Cosmos with others. Frank gives talks
to variety of groups and has given classes at Algonquin College and the
Lanark Learning Centre. Frank also provides occasional interviews at CBC Radio in Ottawa.
You can find one of his interviews here:
Alex is available for reserve at 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016
ALEX HUGHES was born in Montreal in 1930. His father
worked for the firm of architects in Montreal who were retained by Tait
MacKezie to restore the old Baird mill, now known as the Mill of Kintail. His
grandfather was General Henry Thoresby Hughes, who was in charge of building
the Canadian war memorials in France. Among these was the Vimy Ridge Memorial
and this story is quite fascinating in itself.
In his youth Alex had been a
potential Olympic candidate but at the age of 15 he contracted polio and that
ended his athletic career. He joined the Army and, after some time spent teaching recruits at Camp Borden, was sent to Laos as a Peacekeeper in 1960. He
spent some time in Vietnam as well. In the 1970s he worked for the British Army
as second in Command of the Armoured Test and Development Unit, which tested
all new tanks and other armoured vehicles. Mr. Hughes' official title is Major
Alex Hughes O.M.M., C.D. He was awarded the Oder of Military Merit in 1982.
Alex has spent the later part of
his life as an active member of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum,
eventually becoming its president. This is a passion project for Alex as the
museum is situated in the old Rosamond Mill and his mother was a Rosamond.