Pick your all-time favourites at school and see how they match up against my JOHN WOLMER INVITATIONAL 'LIMERZ' SQUAD :-)
John Wilson: Baller who didn't even know how good he was! Came from Norman Garden's Secondary and was mature beyond our 'schoolers' way of thinking. How 'Willow' didn't make Manning I don't know. Always had a ready sense of humour. with a 'heh-heh-heh' type of laugh...the one that Scarface had before he said, 'SAY ELLO TO MY LEETLE FRENG'
Leighton Betty: Colts Cricket ('76/'77) & Sunlight ('78)Leighton O'Connor...trememendoulsy gifted baller and cricketer, and one of the funniest characters..ever! A man of born initiative and leader and one who could change the direction of any undertaking with his mere presence.
Garth Miller: Should I even attempt to sum up Garth in 4 lines? I would be a step-ahead of his (present) Psychiatrist! All Time roots bredren, funny, into every sport and has now been designated THE FIRST INDUCTEE OF THE WOLMER'S BOX FOOTBALL, BOOK-CRICKET & P.E.SHARK HALL-OF-FAME. Football, Cricket, TT, Maths...the man was in it 'tick tick'. Brilliant Student who could apply the theory to make it practical and has done the Vaz Prep. legacy proud. Anyone who wears their PE outfit to school (UNDER HIS UNIFORM!) for PE in the 7th and 8th periods, is one to take seriously! Garth had an omnipresent way of being anywhere in the school there was a box football game..all of them...all at once!! always scoring the 'winning goal' in a 'scintillating come-from-behind' victory!
Leroy 'Gun-Court' Gordon: A wicked sense of humour and a leg-spinner who in my opinion was as good as Warne (Australia) and Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), but never went to that test level. Could have had more to do with the ineptness of 'Coach' Oliverre's 'mentoring'. His KC origins nothwithstanding, he was one of the brighter personalities to whom many were drawn to at lunch break, weaving his stories in mesmerising fashion. Once bowled Dujon with a leg-break (Jamaica Trials) that turned so big, the umpire issued a 'no-ball' because, 'Dat impossible seh Gun Court can bowl Duj ...ah muss rock stone it lick pon'. Having faced his wicked leg-spinners, they generally started out at 'Natty Corner', and came across the Guidance Counsellor's Office, and then came to rest somewhere between my off and leg stumps!! It was like trying to throw darts accurately..in the dark......with your toes...upside down!!!
Howard 'Dilly' Dilworth:1A's supreme footballer, who carried the side. Humble brother and Hanna House star. Anybody who would drive from Linstead to Wolmer's, deserves to be in my All-Time 'bredren' team! If memory serves me, we discovered his TT skillz at the expense of...GARTH MILLER...who still said he could 'tek Dilly if given another chance', after 6 straight 0-21, decisions! The vicious rumour is that Dilly has now bought out the Sultan of Dubai and now owns the United Emirates of Dilly, where Garth Miller has been invited to play in an exhibition TT game there...... :-)
Gilbert 'Melon' Fender:Humble cool bredren and down right earth brother. Aside from his one fault: His Samuda-house training, he was one of my all-time favourites. Had trouble commanding a spot on the First 'Box Football' Team of which Garth his fellow Vaz Alumnis was skipper, because of the hoggishness of people like...Morales, Tapper, Me, Henriques, Mitchell Hill etc.. but adequately compensated in his storied Test 'Book' Cricket career, bowling a blistering pace (between 3A Class changes) and scoring runs at an alarming rate off Gabbidon's Off-Breaks (History Book) which produced for Gabby, figures like: 6 overs, 0 maidens, 400 runs, 1 wicket!
Mark Azan: Colts Cricket ('77), Hockey ('77, '78), Champs/Shot-Put ('78) 'Raw-Chaw' and poignant, come easily to mind! He was clearly borne of the Wolmer's pioneering pedigree, since Wolmer's Prep, having had a brief interlude at Munro, to which he came to his senses and returned home. Mature deportment and a born leader, who spoke his mind....ANYONE WHO QUESTIONS THE SEXUALITY OF SHYLOCK (Merchant of Venice) to Mr. Bryan..is a man to take seriously! The Blue Van....you saw Mark, you saw the van....school really was a hobby for Mark and the Cloth and haberdashery business was his full-time job...even from 4 years old!!! Generally had an opinion on any and everything..whether you wanted to hear or not,but few dared scale that threshold to tell him they didn't want to hear his opinions, especially on the rising price of gaberdine/poly/cotton or the Arab/Israel conflict!
Larry Morales: 'Saggy Lip' as coigned by Gabby. A wicked baller who was one of the pillars of the 1/2A Dynasty!! Played a little cricket but left WBS and went to Clarendon College to 'mentor' Lenny Hyde.... and didn't make the team!! His Patterson House limitations seemed to have brought out of him a wicked and quick sense of humour, especially after 'salad-ing' 'people like .....SCARLETT in PE (or box football). Born in England, I first met Larry as a 9 year old at Nine Palms Christian camp in St. Ann.
Andrew Samuels: Colt's Football ('77) & Track ('77, '78) Anyone who had to mediate proficiently between the egocentricity of Samuda and some of his minions, the 'sharkishness' of a Garth Miller, the 'vociferous' nature of an Everett Fenton, the ongoing battle for intellectual supremacy (in Lurch's own mind) between he & Abel , the inquisitive nature of Steve McKain and the sheer idle and loafing skillz of myself and 'my crew'..this man deserves a Nomination for UN Secretary General !! Lunch-time was always about Samuel's 'outing some fires' wherever they were in the class room..or school!! I tribute any man that has his yearbooks from back thenand can effortlessly name for all 5 years each student and tell you their height, weight, what house, and their grade in BK...without flinching! The man is a pillar in our spiritual community as we thought he would be, but we have come to learn from inside sources, that at his church service on Saturdays, he constantly prayed without ceasing, that God would 'take this cup from him'...THE 'CUP' WAS GARTH MILLER!!!
Michael Scarlett: 'Track '77, 78, 79, 80'. Scarlett grew to be that fast by developing a keen sense for when Ms. Wood was about to cane him..always eluding capture, until Jones ratted him out, while he was hiding behind Samuda's ego! The man was a balanced student-athlete,and we should have seen his career in banking coming: The time when he was negotiating spaces in the lunch line with the option of future remuneration payable as a percentage of gross profits of the cafeteria....and future optimal spacing in the lunch line!
Or when he bamboozled Shorty into paying down on a mortgage for the spot where the lunch-cart stood, and then imposing an 'early termination' clause so that Shorty's grandchildren would be paying interest ('tribute') for the next 50 years!!
I could go further and mention the time when he financed the Spitty/Frilly Lunch cartel, imposing a 'tribute' of 10 cents for each corn bread, 20 cents for each raisin bread, 30 cents for each slice of pan-cheese, and payable with a 0.5% discount if within the same school day, otherwise, a 15% surcharge after 24 hrs, any balance above 1 cent!
Scarlett's speed is the stuff of legends as I attested to when I almost beat him in the 100...he kneeling down and me running at FULL SPEED!! (Don't hate). A funny character with a wry and quick sense of humour. Honestly I was closing in on his 10.6 time in the 100m until a bruised ego intervened...so 14.7 wasn't that bad!! After confiding to him my vision of winning 400M Champs at Stadium, he stated, 'Prep School Champs is in May my yout'
Colin Williams: If ever there was one who, throughout school, was all that symbolised the greatness that is Wolmer's..it was Colin: He Played and captained Colts Football & Cricket, Manning Cup & Sunlight and a diligent student, Prefect and a man who naturally commanded respect from 'Natty-Corner', to Cross-Roads and even into the St. George's stronghold of Orange Grove, where he lived. The epitome of humility and excellence, this man was one ahead of his time, attributing all his success to Jesus Christ in a bold profession of faith, at a young age. Went to Marquette Univ. with Peter McIntosh and played football.
Noel Bailey: A Brilliant Student & Charismatic leader who seemed to know everyone of us from 'idler's rest' by name, rank & serial-number! School Headboy and track/field stalwart in the 400/800m and leader on School's Challenge.
David Smith:Now I look back on that time Mr. Smith asked me to hold his books in 1974, while he jump started his car, with a toothpick, as THE watershed moment in my missed Financial Opportunities!
Mr. Richard Morris:I don't care what anybody says, this man was a great leader, administrator and Principal. Anybody who disagrees..TOUGH!...it's my page! Over the years since his demise at the time I was leaving (getting kicked out to be truthful..but 'leaving' sounded more..'pre-emptive'), I have learned, that I will swear for no one...and at times that has included MYSELF! 'Whether or not?', I really don't care now, but the man was the pedigree of excellence and we have a lot to learn now from this series of events.
The vitriol of PJ was consistent with his scheming, manipulative & politically motivated ways..last we heard he was now recently elected for life in Venezuela and came to the UN lambasting America...
The omniscience and ubiquity of 'Murdoch' is the stuff of legends as those caught at the 1 pm show at Regal will attest. In shipping parlance, he ran a solid and tight ship, regardless of what were his alleged proclivities. NO ONE SPENT MORE TIME IN HIS OFFICE than me, for my mediocre and substandard school work (after 2nd. Form)...The slightest hint never even remotely was evident to me a naive 'skoolaz'..He could not understand how someone (me!) could set the 'bar so low' that I could walk over it. My two regrets in these passing years was that I personally didn't get to tell him how much, irrespective of my academic-untowardness, I just loved the experience of being in High School, and that regardless of a man's short-comings and sinful nature, he was not unique in that we all need Jesus Christ to absolve us of Sin..whatever it may be....If you meet anyone ELSE who can forgive your Sin..CALL ME..COLLECT...AT SAMUELS' HOUSE....AT 2AM
?WHO OPENS UP AN ENTIRE FIFTH FORM AND DOUBLES IT TO GIVE THE 'ROAD SCHOLARS' OF THE LIKES OF KC, A FIGHTING CHANCE?AND THESE 'BASTIONS' OF DEPORTMENT, THEN TURNED AROUND TO DISRESPECT THE MAROON/GOLD BY CLAIMING THEIR UNDYING ALLEGIANCE TO SCHOOLS THAT REJECTED THEM
?WHO SAW US PLAYING FROM 100 YARDS AWAY...BEHIND THE 1A CLASSROOM AND SENT A PREFECT TO TELL US TO 'TONE IT DOWN'?
?WHO APPEARED TO BE AT CROSS ROADS, HIS OFFICE AND THE CAFETERIA..ALL AT THE SAME TIME..PURPLE TIE AND ALL...
?WHO KNEW WHAT PAGE MY BLUE-HYMNAL WAS ON (THE WRONG ONE!) EVEN WHEN I WAS IN THE BACK OF THE HALL IN 'IDLER'S REST'?
?WHO COULD TELL MY GRADES ...6 MONTHS BEFORE THE YEAR WAS OVER?
?WHO KNEW THE NAME OF EVERY PERSON AT NATTY CORNER , ALL HOURS OF THE DAY EVEN THOUGH THEY THOUGHT THEY 'BEAT THE SYSTEM'?
?WHO KNEW WHEN WE WENT THROUGH GIRLS' SCHOOL, EVEN AT 7 IN THE NIGHT?
?WHO KNEW THAT WE TOOK THE BUS FROM TORRINGTON BRIDGE TO GET A HEAD-START AND A SEAT ON THE BUS (EVEN IF IT WAS THE WRONG BUS) TO COME OFF AT CROSS ROADS AND STYLE FOR THE LOCAL ASSEMBLY OF TALENT? 'talent' in this case is fully juxtaposed to what we had next door and in no way bears any resemblance to the finest of 'Hughs, 'Andrews, ICHS, 'Peter & Paul, Holy Childhood etc...
?Who knew that the Wolmer's pitch was going to be slow?...we are getting off-track..EVEN THE CANTEEN LADIES KNEW THAT!!
?LASTLY.....WHO KNEW THAT ABEL WAS GOING TO BEAT LURCH??.......
Ainsworth 'Potto' Pothemont: (Colts Cricket, '77 Sunlight, '78 & '79) More
props to my fellow Wolfe House star! Footballer and Cricketer who was
the epitome of cool and calm behind the stumps. Since Potto had to dive
in front of THIRD SLIP to save my 'space' bowling (that was normally a
WIDE)I must 'big' him up! Potto wasn't a man dat talk too much so when
him talk..LISTEN...(With figures of 2-104 in my 'break-out' game...I
clearly didn't)..'(Yow..Berry...me seh de ball muss ongle bounce one
time before it reach de batsman..not 3 or 4!!!). Another keen sense of
humour and between he and Betty, the stumps were well controlled. When Potto was batting it was a known FACT that birds pitched behind the stumps, boasting 'now, no ball naw lick we yah so, caw ah Potto ah bat'
Mrs. Anne Mills: Mrs. Mills was a class act in every way. One of her many claims-to-fame was the 'oft-overlooked' fact that she taught 3 amazing men:My Father, Harry Belanfonte & Me...(I HAD NO IDEA...). I wish I could now share with her what her mathematical endeavours have done in life: 1) Concluded that Scarlett's rates for Shorty were downright 'usurious' 2) My
Grades were in direct proportion to my athletic endeavours, especially
after lunch-break, but inversely proportional to my 'book cricket'
mastery. 3) The acute angle at which Samuda's 'retorts' cut, was tangential in relation to effect on Samuel's ability to take it personal 4) I used to be able to tell with a cursory glance of the phone-bill's balance, when my son called any 1-900 numbers... 5) I can STILL drive my father and while he is 'sleeping' tell me to 'slow down from 75' and if I don't, he may say, 'look, yuh trying to be smart??? SINCE WHEN 69.2 MPH IS THE SPEED LIMIT?' (with eyes still closed!!!)
Mrs. Deanne Robb: She Made me have pride about my Biology...ok..ok..so
it was for one term...don't hate! A passionate teacher and a master of
her craft, also the consummate people-person given to helping every
student succeed. A woman of integrity and very approachable.
Ms. Hinkson: THIS is why I loved geography :-) I actually perfected my (undercover) Trini-accent...for use outside of all classes taught by her or Mrs. Robb. In between the class on 'tectonic plate movement' and theother: 'The PNP and Road-Construction: A Geological Expose'...I actually came to really love Regional Geography. The truth-be-told, we could have done major analytical limestone coursework on the pothole-network, we now describe as city-roads..
Mrs. Claudette Williams: One of the ALL TIME FAVOURITES..OF MANY OF US! Very even temperament, and a kind and compassionate woman who saw beyond our (their :-)) idiosyncracies. I realised that English wasn't going to be easy when I started Spanish and came to Miami and heard a Cuban say, 'Youuuuuuuu teeeeeeeeeenk eeeeeeeeeeeeeees easy to learn Eeeeeeeeeeeeengleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh, es muy dificil'
I had many a flash-backs of 'SUBJECT-PREDICATE' and 'Forms of Speech' as well as our 1974 Version of 'Name that Song'...'NAME THAT PREPOSITION' :-). I was led to believe by my fellow-clowns at 'Idlers' rest' that , 'Yes miss'...was a conjunction to adjoin, 'Did You do your homework' to 'OK Berry..Off to Mr. Wood's Office..I know you are lying..you opened your mouth!' . Anybody (else) still remember that to start a sentence with a verb meant that (YOU) was understood to precede the verb?
Sam Gabbidon: Hockey '77 A very candid and funny character who did his work in school. Gabby always had a comical and even moreso candid way of seeing things and was one of the few who could pierce the 'epidermis' that was Patterson 'pride'. He posessed an interesting and appropriate way of coigning phrases..it was evident he would have been in Sales of some kind! A neat baller who was first to predict that Larry Morales was not going to play for CC ahead of Lenny Hyde.. Gabby had running debates with John Savage about the extent (& legitimacy) of his 10.4 time in the 100m..as well as cheerful banter with Willow the ball-general and Mitchell Hill.
A promising 'book cricket' and 'box football' star..his 'careers' were cut short on 3 fronts: 1) The Samuda Cartel realised there were NO HOUSE POINTS TO BE GAINED IN SUCH 'NON-DIDACTIC' pursuits 2) The list of sharks ahead of him was endless...3) Mr. Wood wasn't impressed that Gabby could juggle a compacted juice-box 200 times....before caning!!
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