Talking about town | Shepparton News

Keith had a story to tell me and he had, very kindly, taken detailed notes. It is likely that his experience with me in the past has taught him that I am not the best note-taker in the world. I tend to get too involved in conversation and forget to write things down. Plus, I suspect Keith’s story is one of his favorite memories. If you look closely at the photo, you will understand my thinking. When I noticed the very attractive stewardess, Doreen said, “No wonder he came home tired!”

In 1980, Bruce Lloyd, then leader of the National Party in the federal government, helped ensure that the Boeing plane was named after his hometown.

In October of the same year, a group of Sheppartonians traveled to Seattle, USA to witness the delivery of the aircraft. The group consisted of Mayor Ritchie Trevaskis and his wife, Gwyneth; Don McPherson representing the New; Ken Austin and photographer Gary Goff representing GMV6; and Keith representing 3SR.

The Shepparton delegation was flown to Canada and then traveled by luxury coach to Seattle. Here, Boeing executives took care of accommodation and were shown all the highlights of the area, including, of course, the massive Boeing Everett factory.

The aircraft rolled off the assembly line on 9 September 1980 and was tested until handed over to Qantas on 15 October. The aircraft was a combi, meaning it carried a combination of passengers plus seven pallets of cargo. It was to land in Los Angeles to pick up cargo, but as it was not registered in Australia, it could not pick up fare-paying passengers.

In addition to the people from Shepparton on board, there were engineers and a full cabin crew. They were to fly from Paine Airfield (Everett) to Sydney – via Los Angeles and Honolulu.

By May of that year, Mount St Helens had erupted, killing 57 people. In October, it was still emitting smoke, and the pilot veered off course to take them as close to the volcano as possible.

Upon their return to Shepparton, Don and Betty McPherson arranged a meeting at their home. Don prepared St Helens cocktails to mark the occasion.

What happened to the plane?

From its original combi, it was converted into a full passenger configuration. It was leased from Air Pacific, but retained the Qantas livery. It was retired from use in August 2002 and was readied for long-term storage in the United States. It is now scrapped at Pinal Airpark in Marana, Arizona.

But, for 22 years, it carried our name.

Sample: A special souvenir from the eruption of Mt St Helens.

Mount St Helens erupts

At 8:32 a.m. on May 18, 1980, Mount St Helens exploded with a force estimated to be 2,500 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The explosion scorched the earth, with temperatures up to 500°C – up to 24 km away. Volcanic ash covered the countryside for 1100 km, covering three states. The photo contains a sample of the ashes collected in Spokane, Washington.

About Doreen and Keith

Keith began his radio career very early in life. At the age of 14, he was employed as a control room operator at 3BA Ballarat. Two years later, he became the main operator. He did his national service at the RAAF School of Radio and therefore spent most of his time at the Ballarat School of Radio. It was around this time that he met Doreen Wyley, who was in teacher training college.

In 1956, he accepted a technician position at 3UL Warragul and completed his broadcast operator competency certificate. At this point, Doreen came back into her life. They got engaged in 1962 and married in 1965.

Their daughter, Alison, was born in Warragul and in 1968 they moved to Shepparton. Their son, Bradley, was born here. Keith was a network engineer, looking after 3SR and three other stations in 1970, and became manager in 1975 until his retirement in 1989.

Keith was a member of Sherbourne Apex (life member) and then joined Shepparton Rotary, becoming a Paul Harris Fellow in 1987.

In 1991 Doreen became a Fellow of the Australian College of Speech Therapists.

It was a good conversation, with two smart people who have opinions and a sense of humor. But I felt that Keith was starting to get a little tired. Not so! I think he just wanted to go to their “happy hour”. Thanks guys! I enjoyed it immensely.

The old fire station?

This week I also received an email from one of our readers.

Hello Marnie,

Yes I am still here ! I thought you could have included my little story about the fire hydrant at the Shepp Hotel in Town Talk.

You had two subjects in your story. Fire stations and homeless. I tried to lobby for the old fire station on rue Maude to be converted into social housing. My e-mails to Danny Pearson, the Housing Minister, have only received a response to say he is looking into this matter.

The Maude Street Fire Station is one block larger than the parking lot idea, has no residential neighbors, and is close to the lake for green space. Shops and public transport within easy reach make it the spot par excellence. The only problem is that the CFA leader thinks it’s CFA property for sale. The government has built a new station for them so the government can do whatever they want with the old site.

Sincerely Roger.

It was good to hear Roger again. The story he wanted me to tell was this:

A friend of Roger’s watched Fire Fighting at the Shepp Hotel (2007) and was a bit taken aback. The fire truck was heading to a fire hydrant near the police station, to refuel – then back to the hotel. Roger’s companion caught the attention of one of the firefighters, in an attempt to tell him there was a power outlet outside the hotel. But the fireman was too busy to stop and listen. Our informant tried several times. They kept filling up around the corner.

As the brigade regularly checks the fire outlets, it seems unlikely that they will ignore the nearest outlet. However, it turned out that this particular fire engine had come from Bendigo to help fight the fire on the top floor. Nevertheless, time was wasted unnecessarily.

I also salute Roger’s passionate interest in housing the homeless in our city. To me, all ideas are good ideas, and an indication of the need for action.

Business revitalized

It’s always good to see a struggling business come back strong, and that has certainly happened with the Foodworks supermarket in Colliver Rd.

The new owners brought with them a wealth of experience and it was great to see the shelves full of well-selected products and fair prices. At checkout, I noticed bouquets of pink lilies, in bud, and I didn’t even try to resist them. Especially when I saw that the prices were among the cheapest in town.

Already they are showing signs of understanding what ‘community‘ means – staying open as long as possible during the flood, with a local staff member wading in to work. And, during one of my visits, I noticed this sign:

Hi customers. Thank you all for kindly donating to Tyson’s grandfather’s operation, but the thug in the photo stole the pot. If anyone recognizes her, please call the police to catch her.

There was a photo of a young woman wearing a black mask. I doubt she will return to the store in the near future.

I notice that more recently they are taking pictures of people they catch shoplifting – and that’s good!

I wish them good luck.

family and stuff

In November, we don’t have any birthdays in our batch. But we are having a birthday party next Sunday — three October birthdays missed due to flooding.

I’m especially interested in having a word or two with First Petitson, who took a lot of extra work. We previously discussed his October/November workload; he said, “November will be fine, Marn, when I smell Christmas,” but on the phone his voice is flat and tired. He has been invited to speak at four conferences, including three international events, and one upcoming. And the Ministry of Education appointed him to a committee to evaluate the philosophy program.

Before, I thought it was easy for teachers, but not anymore. He works 68 hours a week and is completing his second master’s degree. The research he did is the reason for two of the conference appearances. And I worry about him now – I don’t think he smells like Christmas.

PS He called me late Sunday night to tell me that their rent had gone up by $300 a month. I laughed at my worries about his mental and physical health. Big kisses to come on Sunday.

For those who are still looking for breaded pork tenderloin

I read Geoff Allemand’s column ‘Pics from the Past’ with interest. There are people who have gone without breaded pork tenderloin since the Taiwan restaurant left us.

My advice: cook it! Here’s how.

With a sharp knife, cut the pork tenderloin into thin slices, lengthwise. Dip the pieces in flour, then beaten egg (with a little milk) and finally breadcrumbs. Do not skip the flour – the crumbs will fall out. Fry in a little oil over medium heat. Serve with gravy if you like soggy breadcrumbs or a dip if you don’t.

Then clean up the mess you created. It’s easier to clean if you roll out parchment paper first. Then just roll it all up.

By the way, the dish has been available in two of our restaurants, probably more. If you don’t want to cook, try it in Peking City or Sing Li.

See you soon, everyone. Let it be easy, my friends.


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