was born Gordon Cline in St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1938, just
"My mother told
me that I was a free spirited soul, I think the word she used
was "hellion", always curious to find out how things
worked. I and my brother were the Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn of
the neighborhood, building forts in the farmers asparagus field
and taking four mile hikes to Port Dalhousie to go swimming.
We played on the Black bridge, a remnant of an old railroad bridge
that had spanned the second Welland Canal. We built boats out
of old trunks to cross our fishing pond".
Because of the war,
there was a shortage of money in our neighborhood and we took
to carving our toys out of wood. We would spend hours carving
wooden pistols, using the pictures in my grandfathers "Gun
Digest" magazine as models.
While in public school,
I developed an interest in drawing Lil' Abner and I can still
find my cartoons in many of the school books I used in that period.
I was very inquisitive, but soon discovered that
some things were very difficult to accomplish.
" Never try to pet Goldfish."
This adventuresome spirit
often had its bad points. I put a nail through my foot in our
baseball field that had been turned into a construction site.
My brother threw a file at me which stuck in my head. A falling
cement block hit my head, broke in two, causing deep gashes to
my leg. Altogether it was a normal childhood for our neighborhood.
Tom Dailly created a Boy
Scout Troop from these free spirited boys and before long you
would find us hiking and camping in the woods almost every weekend.
Our special camping experience
was at Easter. Irregardless of the weather, we would spend the
Easter vacation living in lean-to's and cooking over an open
fire. Of course the yearly highlight was to go swimming in Ten
Mile creek on Good Friday. From these days I developed a love
of the woods that has remained to this day.
In 1955, I was able
to attend the Boy Scout 8th World Jamboree in Niagara on the
Lake where I became close friends with boys from Ireland, Trinidad
and other parts of the world.
When I was ready to enter high school, the guidance
counselor came around to give us the Minnesota Aptitude Test.
This was to ascertain what classes we should take in high school.
I wanted to be a cartoonist and take art, but the counselor told
me that the tests showed I had no artistic talent whatsoever.
I decided to take draughting
Shortly after I graduated
from high school, I met Brian and Wilf Cooper. Brian was a rock
hound and his father Wilf a part time prospector. From Brian
I developed an interest in geology that has taken me far afield.
Prospecting plunged me into the wilderness of Northern Ontario
searching for silver, precious stones, minerals and other rocks
for our little company, "Canadian Shield Rocks and Minerals".