Dr Tovell with geology gallery

"He's looking at rocks"

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.

man looking at geology display

Just a speck of dust?

A subtle feeling of anxiety crept over me every time I passed by that large globe in the Geology gallery. The Earth was described as a mere speck of dust, and I felt cold and alone.

portrait of man against white background

Walter Tovell, Director, 1973 -1975

Walter Tovell is appointed Director.