The school year finished off and no sooner had I put my feet up to get ready to enjoy a nice two months summer break when the phone rings and much to my surprise it was one of my former teachers. I kid you not, my first thought was that he was phoning to inform me that they had made mistake in tailing up the numbers to give me a passing grade to the next year! After assuring me that was not the case he was quick to tell me what he had on his mind.
Apparently he and two other teachers wanted to make a movie using one of my plays as a script. He asked if I would agree and wondered if I'd be interested in playing, or could I say starring in one of the main roles? Me, a movie star, imagine that!
I enthusiastically agreed but made a decision of the most steadfast quality that I would never allow fame and notoriety to change me, no sir! My friends would always be able to say that it didn't turn my head! I would always still be known as 'Down To Earth Bob' and regardless of how many would be seeking autographs I'd make it my policy not to disappoint.
Confident that I made sure my humility hadn't slipped, I wholeheartedly agreed! My play had been about the two renown French explorers Radisson and Groseilliers who traversed North America in 17th Century. Being quite tall as I was in my last years of grade school I think I passed as a credible Radisson, wearing all the make up and buckskins and one of these teachers played Groseilliers. It was a fun filled and adventurous day paddling a canoe down Indian River, near Peterborough, Ontario, playing the role of one of these brave and venturesome characters from the past.
It was probably one the cheapest, low budget pictures ever made, filmed on their own home cameras, and to my knowledge was only shown once to the student body the following year before filing it under G, but one thing I'll say is how much I appreciate the kind and special gesture they undertook seeking I'm sure to inspire and encourage me on to greater heights!
I never did however become a writer, that is, not as a profession. I was fortunate to have I guess what some might consider a profitable type career of a different type and sort but now with the sun nearly setting on that, and with no intention to retire but rather to re-fire I explore the possibility of asking the question, is it possible to recapture a long lost cherished dream of writing? Some might say yes, and other no and we'll expand on this before you know it in Part 7 soon to arrive.