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Looking Back: R.P. & Pitts
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Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 19 June 1996
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Many readers will remember the late Ford Moynes known for his columns "Newsy Items for Quick Reading by IC Lotz" that was a weekly column in the Watchman - Warder and "Along Main Street" that was a regular feature in "The Post."

I used to visit with Ford (who was one of my mentors) when he lived with his daughter and her husband (Jacquelyne and Tom Price) and later when he was residing in "Island Lodge" in Ottawa.

I thoroughly enjoyed some of the stories Ford told me and one I especially liked was one involving Stan Pitts and Roy P. Wilson.

At one time Stan worked at the Post as editor and eventually purchased the Watchman-Warder where he wrote a column "News of Our Village by Heck." Stan used to refer to "The Post" as "our little side-street cousin" since to Warder was located on Kent Street and "The Post" on William Street. Stan used to love to take a jab, through his column, at R.P. Wilson because Roy never wanted to editorially take a stand on anything that might prove to be controversial in nature.

Roy never replied to any of these articles in Stan's column but went on his was doing the things he liked best, namely repairing motors and enjoying nature.

One Wednesday, the "Watchman-Warder's" regular publishing day, Steve Brasier who was Shop Foreman and Pressman for Pitts, bolted into the front office with the bad news that the paper's "Zurick" flat - bed - press had broken down. Now Steve was a terrific pressman and could usually keep a press rolling as long as he had access to binder twine and bailing wire but on this occasion a part was broken and had to be replaced but would not arrive from the out-of-town supplier for at least a day or two.

We just had to accept the fact that the paper would not go to press that day said Ford.

In some way or other word reached Roy Wilson about the situation that the Warder was facing and, without hesitation, contacted his adversary and told him to have Brasier make a matter of each page and send them over to The Post" where Tommy Curtin immediately poured out the lead cylinders necessary for the Rotary Press in the back shop at "The Post" and, thanks to R.P. Wilson, the "Watchman-Warder" took its' place on the newsstands and in homes on its' usual publishing day" said Moynes.

Roy was like that concluded Ford.

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Looking Back: R.P. & Pitts