"He's looking at rocks"

1960s

"He's looking at rocks"

Era: 

  • 1933 - 1968
  • Dr Tovell with geology gallery

    Walter Tovell is looking at rocks in the gallery he designed

  • mineralogy gallery panorama

    Today, this is what Gary would see

So my parents took their young son to the ROM for some education and entertainment. Being as I was about 5 at the time, I quickly wore Mom out. She sat on a bench in the rotunda waiting for Dad and me to finish in the gemmology exhibit.

Dad comes out - alone - and slumps next to her in exhaustion. "He's looking at ROCKS," was his dazed and astonished explanation as to where I was.

I was still staring raptly through a scope at crystals when Dad and Mom, partially re-energized, finally fetched me.

Thanks, Mom. Thanks, Dad. Miss you both.

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