Revisiting the Past

There are things you just can’t explain. For one there is my passion for airplanes since 1958, and my passion for the history of World War Two.

I studied to be a history teacher in the mid 60s. Graduating in 1970, I only taught history for two years out of 34. Being a young teacher in 1970, I got what was the least interesting subject to teach for other teachers in my school…

Religious education.

I taught that subject for two years, which I must say I have enjoyed teaching. Then, in the third year, English as a second language was added to my teacher’s task since I was bilingual.

A year later, the school principal needed a second history teacher…

I had finally made it!

My dream had finally come through…however that dream would last for only two years before I got shipped back to teaching English as a second language for the rest of the 70s. Later in 1980, I was transfered to another school board teaching English as a second language to 14 groups of 9 to 12 years-old kids. In 1981 I became a 6th grade teacher. I taught 6th grade for 15 years. In 1997, I got promoted to 5th grade, and I retired in 2004.

Revisiting the past is what I have been doing since 2008 with my first blog. It was a blog about genealogy written in French. I appropriately named it Nos ancêtres. I then created Our Ancestors, its English version, with the goal of reaching out for distant relatives in the U.S. and finding out more about my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé aka Dennis Lagassee.

Then, in July 2009, my wife’s uncle dropped a bombshell in a family reunion. More like a torpedo. He had been a stoker aboard a Canadian destroyer during World War Two torpedoed off the coast of France on April 29, 1944. I had never heard about HMCS Athabaskan which tells you a lot about what kind of history I was taught in the 60s.

This is when I decided to write about HMCS Athabaskan on my third blog Souvenirs de guerre. Lest We Forget, the English version, followed soon because many English speaking people were sharing so much information, stories, and pictures about HMCS Athabaskan.

I could go on and on with this story and tell you why I got to write 28 blogs about World War Two… You don’t have to count them nor read them all.

US Navy Night Fighter Squadron VF(N)-101

Souvenirs de guerre

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

A Very Unlikely Hero

Edmund Poscavage

Lest We Forget

On Eternal Patrol

Pilote de Spitfire – Spitfire Pilot

Preserving the past

RAF 33 Squadron

RAF 68 Squadron

RAF 122 Squadron

RAF 203 Squadron

RAF 21 Squadron

RAF 23 Squadron

RAF 238 Squadron

RAF 249 Squadron

RAF 293 Squadron

RCAF 128 (F) Squadron

RCAF 420 Snowy Owl

RCAF 425 Les Alouettes

RCAF 425 Les Alouettes II

RCAF No. 401 squadron

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

RCAF No. 443 Squadron

Remembering HMCS Regina K- 234

Sergeant Gerald Thomas Padden

The Smith Brothers

Updated 5 August 2020

There are even more blogs!

Revisiting the past is what I do on this blog about building vintage model kits that were stored in the 80s in my basement.


Thanks to Amateur airplanes My Forgotten Hobby has been a part of my life since December 2013, and I have enjoyed every post I wrote or reblogged from others, as well as post No.500.

Let’s dream!


18 thoughts on “Revisiting the Past

  1. amateurairplanes February 5, 2017 / 10 h 43 min

    Another thing we have in common. Well sort of. My wife is a kindergarten teacher and I know all too well the work you put in. Your job doesn’t end when the students leave. Well done.

    • Pierre Lagacé February 5, 2017 / 10 h 56 min

      Indeed the work is never done.

    • Pierre Lagacé February 5, 2017 / 10 h 57 min

      I have so much admiration for teachers.

    • Pierre Lagacé February 5, 2017 / 10 h 59 min

      One thing we don’t have in common though is the number of blogs… But I can understand since you are not yet retired.

      • amateurairplanes February 5, 2017 / 11 h 53 min

        I’ve thought about starting a few more but retirement might be the proper time for them. I don’t think I’ll have as many as you but I have a few ideas.

      • Pierre Lagacé February 5, 2017 / 12 h 29 min

        I never intended to have that much but when people started sharing so much it was the only thing to do.

  2. GP Cox February 5, 2017 / 13 h 40 min

    Who knew so many people would interested in WWII these days, eh?
    [Will you be doing a post on my P-61 so I can reblog it? or did I misunderstand?]

    • Pierre Lagacé February 5, 2017 / 14 h 58 min

      I will do it. I just need you to send a more detailed picture of it.

      • GP Cox February 6, 2017 / 5 h 32 min

        Will do.

      • Pierre Lagacé February 6, 2017 / 5 h 35 min

        It’s going to be a great post.

    • Pierre Lagacé February 5, 2017 / 14 h 58 min

      Once done I will post something.

  3. Aviationtrails February 5, 2017 / 15 h 05 min

    You certainly have written a lot about the past. It’s a fascinating area. I too am a teacher 9-11 yr olds, but not yet retired!

    • Pierre Lagacé February 5, 2017 / 16 h 25 min

      I knew you were a teacher Aviationtrails. I’m sure you’re a great one.

      • Aviationtrails February 5, 2017 / 16 h 54 min

        You’re too kind. But thank you.

  4. Murad ÖZER February 5, 2017 / 17 h 33 min

    to the many more 500 ahead, Salute!

    • Pierre Lagacé February 5, 2017 / 18 h 00 min

      We will be in 2021 if the world lasts that long.

  5. Pierre Lagacé August 5, 2020 / 11 h 51 min

    Reblogged this on My Forgotten Hobby III and commented:

    Where I was in 2017 on My Forgotten Hobby…

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