Video Files

A Myriad of Memories

 

Video Files

These memories are organized by year

Many of these files are in Acrobat format. Files without a year are listed first.

GCCs
Green Capsule Comments: Newsletters of the Toronto Optimists
 
Gold Capsule Comments: Newsletters of the Seneca Optimists
 
Geriatric Capsule Comments: Early Newsletters of the Optimists Alumni
 
Grey Capsule Comments: Later Newsletters of the Optimists Alumni
 
Toronto Optimists History Newsletters: Newsletters fom the Toronto Optimists History website
General History
 
From Toronto...The Optimists Colin Hedworth's "History of the Optimists". This 400 page book begins with the Boy Scout Band. It covers the Scout Band, Opti-Corps, Toronto Optimists as well as the Seneca Optimists which was created by the merger of the Toronto Optimists and the Seneca Princemen. There is a chapter for each year until 1978, the final year that the Seneca Optimists competed.
 
Vern Johansson's History of The Optimists
 
Article about "Old Skool Drum Corps (from GCC)
 
Article Whaley-Royce

 

Contest Scores
Scores from contests that included the Toronto Optimists
  • Note: This acrobat file covers the competitive life of the Toronto Optimists (1958 through 1975) and includes the dates, locations, names of competing corps, placing of corps and scores. I've gathered information from every competition that I have, so far, been able to find. Please note that the listing is definitely not complete and may contain errors. In some case I've included a placeholder when I found a contest listed in a schedule but could not find results. Without results I do not know whether the competition even occurred or, perhaps, was strictly tentative. Updates will be posted as I add additional years, correct errors or add missing information.  The file was last updated on November 19, 2020.
 
Scores from contests that included the Seneca Optimists
  • Note: The 15 pages of information cover the years 1976 through 1978, the competitive life of the Seneca Optimists. Information includes the dates, locations, names of competing corps and scores from from as many contests that included the Seneca Optimists as I could find. This document may not be complete or 100% accurate and it should be viewed as a work-in-progress. Updates will be posted as I add scores, identify errors or find additional information.  The file was last updated on November 13, 2020.
We Remember
"We Remember Those Who Have Gone" is a tribute to those who have passed away
1956
Certificate for winning first place in Junior Novice class
1957
Program  from a contest sponsored by the Parkdale Lions Club
 
Program from the first contest sponsored by the Optimists
 
Article about Opti-Corps from the Toronto Globe and Mail
 
Newspaper clippings about the Toronto Optimists winning the Nationals
 
Phil Hennings scrapbook (newspaper clippings about the 1958 Toronto Optimists)
 
Photo of the 1958 Toronto Optimists on the steps of De La Salle "Oaklands" (includes the names of corps members)
1959
Nothing Yet
1960
1961
Photo of the 1961 Toronto Optimists on Parliament Hill in Ottawa (includes the names of corps members)
 
Article about the 1961 Nationals re-created from GCC
 
article by Alex Barris about the Toronto Optimists published in the Toronto Telegram on July 12, 1961
 
Optimists Corps Song A contest to create a corps song was announced in the February, 1961 issue of GCC. The winner would get a new corps jacket. The contest was won by Glen Durish.
 
Article about "The Port Credit Pear Pickers" Optimists alter-ego that performed in a Santa Claus parade
 
Optimists Conquer Rome! about Optimists beating Blessed Sacrament in Rome, NY
 
Photo of the 1962 Toronto Optimists at Varsity Stadium (includes the names of corps members)
 
Bill Thorne interview with Doug MacKenzie and Joe Gianna (for GCC)
 
Program for the Junior International (Optimists first contest of 1962)
 
Article about the 1963 Individual Championships (from "Off The Line" magazine)
 
Article about Optimists mini-corps by Dave Watts (article from GCC plus some photos)
 
Interview Gene Chepswick interviews Richard Robida, Ronn Prokop, Fred Lombard and Joe Palanica for GCC
 
Photo of the 1963 Toronto Optimists at Waterloo Lutheran University (includes the names of corps members)
 
Photo of the 1964 Toronto Optimists at Varsity Stadium (includes the names of corps members)
 
Article about Andy Henderson as "Drum Major of the Month" (from March issue of Drum Corps Digest)
 
"Men of Ideals" about Barry Bell (from March issue of Drum Corps Digest)
 
Article about The Optimists (from February issue of Drum Corps Digest)
 
Article about The Optimists (from March issue of Drum Corps Journal)
 
Article about De La Salle (from May issue of Drum Corps Digest)
 
Formal Photo (with colour guard and names)
 
Concert Photo (with names but no colour guard)
 
Report about the Optimists at the 1966 Nationals (from March, 1967 issue of Drum Corps Digest)
 
Article about Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights (from January issue of Drum Corps Digest)
 
Photo of the 1966 Toronto Optimists at the Shrine Temple (includes the names of corps members)
 
 
Reports on the Nationals (from Ottawa newspapers)
 
Report on the 1967 Nationals (Volume 7, #5 issue of GCC)
 
Members Manual for the Toronto Optimists
 
"A Day in the Life of a Corps" The unusual account of how a junior corps primes itself to win the Canadian Nationals (by Douglas McPhail)
 
Article about Nationals (from Ottawa newspapers)
 
Youth of Toronto and Optimists International (Optimists International and The Optimists)
1970
Nothing Yet
1971
Nothing yet
 
Report on the 1972 Nationals (Vol 12, #8 issue of GCC)
 
Article about the Optimist Lancers
1973
Nothing yet
1974
Article from GCC about the Optimists Cadets Awards
 
1975-75 Flying Dutchmen Program and Yearbook
 
Information Drum Corps June 1976 (Submitted by Enzo Marrella)
 
Information Drum Corps October 1976 (Submitted by Enzo Marrella)
 
Article about Ken Mulgrew of the Seneca Optimists (This article was taken from a 1977 issue of DCI today)
 
Dutch Boy/Northstar Program and Yearbook
1978
Article about the Seneca Optimists (from City magazine)
 
Information Drum Corps March 1978 (Submitted by Enzo Marrella)
 
Dutch Boy/Northstar Program and Yearbook
1984
Book commemorating 50 years of Drum Corps in Canada (published by the Canadian Drum Corps Association)
1985
a tribute to the All Ontario All-Stars Drum Corps (published in the November, 1985 issue of "Parades and Pageantry")
1990
Article about former member Bill Thorne and his family (from Parades and Pageantry, February, 1990)
2002
Announcement of the Optimists Alumni's first rehearsal
2010
Article about the Optimists Alumni (from the Welland Tribune)
2020
Article about "Old Skool Drum Corps (from GCC)
 
DCW Interviews Doug Darwin about the Optimists Alumni

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