Almonte’s and Carleton Place’s Reach For the Top Teams

Almonte’s and Carleton Place’s Reach For the Top Teams

1975 Almonte Gazette

Remember Reach for the Top? Eric Stewart sent this in.. Hi Linda…. here’s a photo of the 1972 – 1973 ADHS Reach for the Top team. I am trying to remember the names of my teammates. I am the second from the right. Can you help Eric?

Joan Armstrong

Mrs. Lamb, teacher back left

Rose Mary Sarsfield

Jack Elgood is the other teacher.

Steve Rooney

The students from left to right are Greg Gosson, Jim Harris, Ted McKay, Eric Stewart and Bruce Gunn

Reach for the top in 1972.CPHS team. Photo from Wendy Healey

Reach For The Top (RFTT) was based on a successful US television program called G.E. College Bowl. The idea for a Canadian version was brought to CBC Canada by producer Richard St John and sold to CBC Vancouver in 1961. The first program of RFTT was broadcast that year and was hosted by West Coast free-lance broadcaster Terry Garner. The next year the program was picked up by CBC Edmonton and gradually spread across the country. By 1966, 23 stations in all 10 provinces were carrying it, with approximately 600 schools taking part. That year the first of the national playoffs was broadcast with Winnipeg quizmaster Bill Guest as host. Lorne Jenkin High in Barrhead, Alta, which offered a one-semester credit course based on the program, became the series’ most successful competitors. The school represented Alberta in the national playoffs for 6 of the last 10 years of the program’s life, winning the national finals twice–

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada15 Apr 1967, Sat  •  Page 109

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada27 Dec 1980, Sat  •  Page 88

1977 almonte gazette–

1977 Almonte gazette

The Magic of Television — Linda Knight Seccaspina

Should I Have Done that on Television?

And a One, and a Two….. Linda Knight Seccaspina

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

2 responses »

  1. It was lots of fun and a great experience to be on the 1970-1971 Reach For The Top Team. It might have been 1969-1970 team.. it’s a long time since I thought about this. Unfortunately I do remember that we lost to Ottawa Tech. CPHS teachers did a great job of organizing in-school competitions leading up to the televised event (Bill Cox in particular), and in preparing the team that went to Ottawa. I’m not aware of any photos that exist of that team. I recall that Joel Shenfield was also on the team but I don’t remember who the other team members were.


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