MEMORIES
NEWSLETTERS, YEARBOOKS,
& SCRAPBOOKS

Below is a list of collections of albums containing newsletters, yearbooks, and scrapbooks from our various Optimists organizations.

To access a collection, click the green button next to the collection title in the following list.

COLLECTION

DESCRIPTION

GCC ARCHIVE

Corps newsletters from the Toronto Optimists, Seneca Optimists, and the Optimists Alumni.

YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks for Toronto Optimists and Seneca Optimists, with pictures of each member, and pictorial and editorial accounts of their performance years.

SCRAPBOOKS

These scrapbooks are from one young man's account of the years he performed with the Toronto Optimists.

HISTORIC DOCUMENTARIES

Below are two very personal accounts of the Toronto Optimists. These remarkable documentaries will take time to read, but are worth the endeavour. In fact, Colin Hedworth was expecting to publish his, but unfortunately he passed before he could make that happen.

To access a documentary, click the green button next to the title in the following list.

TITLE

DESCRIPTION

"From  Toronto...  The  Optimists!"

A Story of The Toronto Optimists Drum & Bugle Corps by Colin Hedworth

THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE AND THE IMMOVABLE OBJECT

The History of the Toronto Optimists by Vern Johansson

OTHER HISTORIC DOCUMENTS
& MEMORABILIA

This album contains articles about the Optimists or by the Optimists, as well as scans of show programs and news articles from various drum corps news and local newspapers.

To access a documentary, click the green button next to the title in the following list.

YEAR

DOCUMENT

1957
Program from first Show sponsored by the Optimists
1957
Parkdale Lions Programme
1958
Optimists win 1958 Canadian Championships
1958
Optimists win 1958 Canadian Championships (from the Preston Reporter)
1958
The Strange Case of the City of Toronto Flag (by Phil Hennings)
1958
Phil Hennings Scrapbook for 1958 (Photos and articles from newspapers and Drum Corps publications)
1961
Optimists win Canadian Championship
1962
Programme for Canadian Nationals in Waterloo
1962
Bill Thorne interviews Joe Gianna & Doug Mackenzie (from Green Capsule Comments)
1962
Sadie Mau Mau reports on the "Port Credit Pear Pickers"
1962
Junior International Programme
1962
Optimists Conquer Rome
1963
Dave Watt's article on the 1963 small corps (article from GCC plus some photos)
1963
Individuals Results (from Dec 1963 Off The Line Magazine)
1964
Article on the Optimists (from the April 23, 1964 issue of the Toronto Telegram )
1965
Article on Barry Bell, Man of Ideals (from March, 1965 Drum Corps World)
1965
Article on Andy Henderson, Drum Major of the Month (from March, 1965 Drum Corps World)
1965
Article on the Toronto Optimists (from February, 1965 Drum Corps World)
1966
SAC Article - Drum Corps Digest
1967
Reviews from the Ottawa newspapers on the 1967 Nationals.
1967
Vern Johansson's Drum Corps News report on the 1967 Shriners' International
1968
Banquet invite & program
1968
How Rick Roussel became an Optimist (by Ray Roussel)
1969
The Youth of Toronto and Optimists International
1972
Photos of the 1972 corps members
1976
Information Drum Corps, October 1976
1976
Information Drum Corps, June 1976
1977
Article on Ken Mulgrew of the Seneca Optimists
1977
Dutchboy/Northstar Yearbook and Programme
1978
An article on the Seneca Optimists in the August 20, 1978 issue of "The City" (published by Toronto Star)
1978
Information Drum Corps, March 1978
1978
Dutchboy/Northstar Yearbook and Programme
1984
50th Anniversary of the CDCA (Canadian Drum Corps Association: 1934 - 1984)
1985
Article on the All Ontario All-Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (aka Oktobercorps) (1985)
1990
Article on Bill Thorne
2002
Acrobat file notifying people of the first rehearsal of the Alumni Corps
2002
Optimists Alumni Rehearsal Reports (from the beginnings of the Alumni Corps)
2010
Article on Optimists Alumni (Jan 18, 2010 Welland Tribune)
2020
DCW Interviews Doug Darwin (DCW June 2020)

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