May 29, 2015
It wasn’t so long ago, a few weeks at most, that I was praising my discovery of Honker’s beer. They served it at Zawa’s on the Drive. Well, imagine my dismay today when I popped in for lunch to find that, apparently, I was the only one who had been drinking Honkers, and so they cancelled it.
I was forced to sit in the sun supping a substitute that did not satisfy. Man, what a genuine disappointment!
May 29, 2015
Today is the 62nd anniversary of the first successful climbing of Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. News of the success arrived in England the day of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation and I remember my father, who was very excited by the news, telling me all about it. For years thereafter Edmund Hillary was the greatest hero of my young imagination.
I have one or two memories about my brother and me that pre-date May 1953, but Hillary on Everest is the earliest I can recall anything outside the family. I know from photographs that there were massive street parties I attended to celebrate the new Queen: I remember none of that. But Hillary on Everest has stuck with me all these years.
The picture is of Tensing Norgay taken by Hillary. There are no pictures of Hillary on the summit because Tensing didn’t know how to work the camera and, as Hillary said, the summit of Everest was no place to start teaching him!