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Re: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Wonderful? Well that’s how you rate my contribution. Thankyou. But that’s how it was. You might e interested in a sort of follow up to my initial desire to become an architect, which I am, in some ways, still sad that the ambition failed.
Harry Harpin was my hero at KBGS. He was the one that fuelled my interest in things arty. I recounted several years ago that in mid life I began to paint and sketch and I contacted Harry, then a Priest in Italy, actually in Assisi. He remembered me and we held a brief exchange of correspondence because sadly he died shortly after I contacted him. Anyway, my interest in painting continues and for many years and certainly since my retirement over quarter of a century ago, it has been my main occupation. I have painted all over the world (but not now I’m afraid. My forreys are confined to the Uk). Anyway, to get to the point of this note, I’d been on a sketching trip to Williamsburg in Virginia and I was travelling to New York on a very slow train. It was an eight hour trip. To kill a bit of time, I’d taken out my sketch book and I had it laid out on the table, glancing through what I’d recorded in Williamsburg, making a few notes etc.. I became conscious that I was bing watched and I looked round and saw a big chap standing behind me looking over m shoulder.h. He took a step back, apologised and confessed that he’d been looking at my’pictorial journal’. He asked if I was an architect to which I replied in the negative. He then twigged that I was not an American (West Yorkshire accent!) , he pulled out his wallet, produced his card which informed me that he was the Dean of Architecture and Design at Howard University, Washington DC and asked me if I would accept an invitation to speak to his architectural students and show them my sketch books. “They spend all their time on computers and never look at things the way you do..”. I was flattered, but wasn’t going to Washington. I was going on to Boston from where he offered to fly me back to Washington. I never did get there, but by Jove, those few minutes gave me a real lift. That was fifteen years ago and we still correspond. And I think that is the nearest I ever came to becoming an architect.
Oh, and because of that experience I had on the Williamsburg/New York train, I used his phrase ‘Pictorial Journals’ to describe my sketch books.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945 - 50

Current location (optional) Norfolk

Re: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Great stories! And yes, Shaun, it’s a great pity so few people visit here to read them.

Re: What do you want to be when you grow up?


Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1960-1965

Current location (optional) bradford

Re: What do you want to be when you grow up?

" l thoroughly object to getting old. If you could make me 16 again, I'd give you all I've got and all I'll ever have." Felix Dennis.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 55/60

Current location (optional) Harrogate


Will you still love me when I get old, she said.

Get 'old and I'll tell you.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1953-58

Current location (optional) Brighouse