Patsy Williams from Carleton Place and Uncle Ray’s Mail Bag


Every night at 5 in 1961 I would watch the CBC TV show Razzle Dazzle hosted by Suzanne Somers’ husband, Alan Hamel. I had entered a writing contest and was eagerly waiting to hear if I won a pen with my “meatless meat pie” essay. A few weeks later I found out that I had indeed won a Razzle Dazzle pen for my story. It’s just what we did in those days. We had pen pals, and we wrote letters everywhere to try and win prizes. At least I did.

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In December of 1959 young Patsy William of R. R. 2 Carleton Place wrote a letter to Uncle Ray’s Mail Bag in the Ottawa Citizen. Uncle Ray’s Mail Bag was a syndicated Canadian column that was extremely popular.

Dear Uncle Ray,

I have been reading your column for several years and I find it very interesting. I especially like the puzzles, but the letters are interesting too. I am 13 years old and my birthday is March 13th. My hobbies are stamp collecting, reading, and sports (skating and swimming). I have two sisters and two brothers. Wendy  is 9 years old has her birthday on February 18th and would like to join the club too. Susan is 8 and her birthday is August 8 would like to join also . Can you send us three pins?

We live on a farm near Carleton Place. The Mississippi River is just two hundred yards from our door step, so we go swimming every day in the river. When it turns cold we skate on the river too. My brother is also interested in magic tricks, so I am wondering if you could send me a leaflet on different tricks and how to perform them

Patsy Williams, River Bend Farm RR2 Carleton Place.
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Of course Uncle Ray wrote back and told Patsy it must be nice to live by a river, and to make sure the ice was thick enough to carry them if they went on it in the winter. He sent them each a pin and said they were now proud members of Uncle Ray’s Mail Bag Club as well as a leaflet for magic trick instructions for her brother. He hoped one day they would become efficient magicians.



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 24 Feb 1951, Sat,
  3. Page 55



Llew Lloyd SAID: Patsy Williams,(she prefers Patricia ), wrote a column for The Daily Commercial News for years . She was still writing , but for a different construction oriented publication when I last met her at an Ontario Road Builders Association approximately 8 years ago.

A parody of Uncle Ray– if you offend easy, don’t watch it

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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