(April 3, 1997, Gazette)
Patricia Moore, St. John's
When I returned to Memorial as an administrator after a five-year absence, I immediately rejoined the club knowing that it was the painless, pleasant way to keep in touch with staff and faculty colleagues. The dean of science, Peter Heald, and the dean of arts, Mike Staveley, shared this feeling and all three of us were regulars and made a point of inflicting ourselves on different tables.
But there was more to it than contacts, jovial volunteer maitre d' Tony Duarte imparted an informal spirit of cameradie that made it a most pleasant place to relax. And, when Joan arrived as manager, food and service improved mightily. I still remember the monthly specials as gourmet delights, and rousing parties at bargain prices. It was cheering to read that many of the old faithful are still on hand such as Roger Gordon, Cathy Penney, Gordon Jones, Bruce Shawyer et al. But it was disappointing to learn that patronage has fallen off drastically and the future looks bleak. I hope for Memorial's sake it survives because Mike Rochester is quite right when he is quoted as saying "It helps keep the juices of the university flowing."
Ward Neale, Calgary, Alta.