This Jesuit quote "Give me the child till the age of seven and I will show you the man" is attributed to St Ignatius of Loyola or St Francis Xaviers, obviously an early psychologist who wasn't interested in women. Two thousand four hundred years ago Aristotle laid an emphasis on seven year periods. Clearly the die was set before the following photos, as meetings with fellow students over 50 years later has demonstrated.
There were 7 years at Thorpe Primary School on Greenways (see below)
Back: Colin James, John Bailey, Donald Fenton, Michael Sagrott, Christopher Pearson, Keith Larkman, Peter Harrison, Michael Peters, Pauline Allaway, Geraldine Howard, Susan Frith, Jill Banyard, Ann York, Carol Allsop, Mary Cleaver
Middle: David Murch, Gordon Carter, Brian Walker, Albert Potton, Michael Brech, Peter Gooding, Robin Rowland, Robina Miller, Ann Clair, Penelope Barker,Jennifer? Unknown, Susan Jones, Gloria Mordecai
Front: Alan Pride, Russell Ford, Chris French, Michael Smith, David Simmons, Marilyn Webb, Ann? Unknown, Eileen McDonald, Pat Potton, Pat Yates, Lorraine Taylor, Sylvia Potton, Linda Kennell
Please note the Unknowns above. Email me with corrections or additions to the names. Below is a plan from the class of Miss Murphy or Mr Spurling (1951 to 1954). Do you know which?
And 7 years at Westcliff High School for Boys (see below)
Graham Adlard, Dave Allen, Rodney Arnold, John Attwell, John Barnard, Brian Blackford, Michael Brech, Mike Burns, Rob Butler, Chris Chesney, Dick Davies, Lawrie Falconer, Chris French, Russell Ford, Roger Froud, Brian Hamnett, Noel Hardy, John Ikin, Cliff Jakes, Michael Locke, Geoff Mellhuish, Martin Miller, Chris Pearson, Tony Phillips, Paul Rickard, Geoff Robinson, Garth Scholfield, Dave Simmons, Colin Sutherland, John Thomson, Robin Turner, Lister Vickery, Ian Winkworth, Peter Wendell & Peter Wright. Maybe also Jack Cogman, Steve Colgan, ian Erridge, David Jackson, Roger Jarvis, Tony Jesseman, Mike McMahon, Bob Newman, Richard Oates, John Peck, Joe Seager, Nigel Stevens & Arthur Walker? Also form teacher Trevor Dickinson. Corrections, please.)
in 1957/8, when began his life-time reading of Time magazine, New Scientist and - prompted by Trevor Dickinson - the then-Manchester Grauniad,
From October 1961 (the same month that Private Eye began publishing) he spent two years in London at UCL struggling with the boredom of a civil engineering degree - "cement, sewers & surveying" - while pondering his ethics and extending his isms from scepticism, pacifism, empiricism, environmentalism & behaviourism (reading Bertrand Russell, Gilbert Ryle, Karl Popper & B F Skinner), atheism, humanism, rationalism and secularism to anarchism with Donald RooUm & Irene Brown and Jeremy Bentham's utilitarianism - along with the odd demo.
In 1963 he dumped engineering and moved to Scotland, spending three years at Aberdeen University leading to a first class honours MA degree in psychology (and handling 5-hole computer tape on an Elliott 803);
From 1966 he spent four years on research into the psychology of learning theory (60s CGI pigeon simulation above) at Exeter University, leading to a PhD (using LESLI [below, designed & built by Chris], 8-hole paper tape, Stromberg Carlson 4020 microfilm plotter & English Electric 4/50 and Atlas computers).
From 1970 until 1993 he was a Lecturer in Optometry at the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (previously the Mechanics Institute, now merged with Manchester University) teaching psychology, computing and statistics and published a little over 50 articles on subjects ranging from the need for visual health care, professional manpower planning, perception and art to computer software, while struggling with administration - selecting undergraduates, optimising computer facilities (from 80-column cards on the ICL 1905F to networking) and you name it. Above, Chris in 1971 during those black and white days at the mighty $27,900, 8K core memory with 1.6 microsecond cycle time 12-bit processor, DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) PDP-12A before he lost his hair, cycling to work at Umist before environmental issues came to the fore and demonstrating a new move at Umist during his dancing years.
Much has changed in UK universities since the 1980s with a huge increase in student numbers but some of the games played in the selection process remain the same.
... their three young pets, half a dozen old computers, some computer programs including UES, and a house and small jungle - thus enabling his relatively young but long-suffering wife Sally to work even harder as an optometrist in her own practice in Cheadle, Cheshire. Chris launched this web site in 1995 and plunged into genealogy in 1996.
According to the family, his main hobby is finding other things to do rather than tackle any urgent domestic chores. He still has very little spare time but can sometimes be found relaxing in front of a computer or TV. Favourite programmes have included Whirligig, I Love Lucy, Mash, The Rockford Files, The Raccoons, Columbo, Monk, ER, House, Mad Men, Ugly Betty and The Daily Show.
For over 15 years he was a member of the local branch of the NAGC
serving on the committee and editing newsletters
but now in - association with his sister - indulges his passion for genealogy.
These days his over-filled teeth (courtesy of the NHS of the 50s & 60s) are maintained by the gentle Greg Marshall and his general health managed by the ever-patient Stephen Gaduzo. He had his prostate removed in 2004 by the brilliant Patrick O'Reilly, his hypertension sorted in 2006 by the superb Philip Lewis and his colon depolyped by the marvellous Brian Saunders. Excellent web sites include Dr Catalona's in the US for prostates (Dr Catalona recommends establishing a baseline PSA for men at age 40 which seems very sensible to me) and the British Hypertension Society for hypertension.
Some time ago we noticed this loud banging sound in the house but it was a while before we discovered that it was a magpie hitting a window. This window doesn’t have curtains. Instead it is covered with mylar film creating a one way mirror. You can see out of the window but anyone looking in will only see their own reflection. This is what the magpie was seeing. It ‘thought’ this other bird had invaded its territory so it was attacking it, but in fact it was its own reflection - magpies like other birds can’t tell the difference. After first noticing the other bird by chance, it had been conditioned to fly up to this window sill every day to attack its own image. The same phenomenon that Thompson and Sturm had first noticed 50 years ago in fish.
Manything recordings have shown that this happens on average 6 times a day for a total time of around 5 minutes although on a fine day it can happen a dozen times. This particular video is from 1:08pm on 10th March 2016. In October 2016 our magpie finally 'killed' its rival as the photo of our broken window shows. Bird attacks on car wing mirrors are familiar to motorists and if you park your car in the same place you might expect a similar build up in attacks although maybe an attack from a large bird like a magpie would require very large car mirror and you won't be there to record them.
Email Chris at FrenchFamily.info.