Canada Girl Collects “Serviettes”!

2505 -27 St.
Vernon, British Colombia
Oct. 25,1963
Dear Ilona,
Thanks a lot for your letter and the postcard that you snt me. The letter was very enjoyale and the postcard will be added to my collection. I would appreciate it if you snet me some postcards of the area around Detroit.
I never liked going to show until just recently. Isn’t that funny? But now I’m bitten by the “show bug” and really love seeing them. You see, living in Bernon, you only have 1 channel on T.V., 1 theatre and 1 drive-in. I didn’t see any of the shows you saw exept “Parent Trap”. Mom saw”The Miracle Worker” though. I enjoy Walt Disney’s movies. The ones that I’ve seen are:
“Toby Tyler”- Kevin Corcoran
“Pollyanna” – Haley Mills.
“Third Man on the Mountain” – James MacArthur.
“101 Dalmations”
“Swiss Family robinson” – John Mills, tommy Kirk, Jim MacArthur,Kevin Corcoran.
“The Absent-minded Professor” – Fred MacMurray , Tommy Kirk.
:Sonn of Flubber”-
“Babes in Toyland” – Tommy Sands, Annette.
“Savage Sam” – Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran.
Two days ago I saw “Spencers Mountain”, staring Jim MacArthur, Henry fonda, Maureen O’hara. But that wasn’t on of Walt Dianey’s. I’m looking forward to seeing Summer Magic with Layley Mills. I also can’t wait till Dick Chamberlain stars in Twilight of Homour!! I guess you heard that I simply can’t get him out of my head! I’m not nuts about him, I’m serious! Mon’s getting real worried! I’m glad you said Kildare was better than Casey! I like Ben Casy (the program) too; but I LOVE Jim Kildare! (I can’t spell very well can I)? It’s my first year of typing. Please tell me what you like about Dick, if you do. I love to get people’s opinions on him.
Yes I have many pennants. I put some of them on the wals of my room. These are the places I have received pennants from:
In Alberta: Jasper Park & Banff’s Gondola lift.
In California: Los Angeles, Disneyland & Trees of Mystery & Hollywood! (wow)!
In washington: Spokane, The Dry Falls & Grand Coulee Dam.
In Arizona: The Meteor Crater
In Colorado: Glenwood Springs.
That’s about all!
Thank you very much for offering me some stamps from Germany! I’d love to have a few. I wish I could write in some German for you. I can speak quite a bit, but writing is a different matter.
What are your favorite T.V. shows? Even though we only have 1 channel here I still have my favorites. They are as follows: 1. Dr. KILDARE. 2. Patty Duke Show. 3. Ben Casey. 4. Bonanza. 5. Reach for the Top. 6. You Asked For It. 7. Ed Sullivan. 8. Password. 9. Misterogers (har har!) 10. Stump the Stars.
Sorry this is such a short letter, (it took me about 2 hours to type it aming billions of mistakes).
‘Bye for now; hope to har from you soon!
Best wishes &
All my love,
P.S. – I hope your family are all well. Give my greetings to TEDDY!
Tell me if you want “stuff”:
Movie star pix
Pix of Dick
Serviettes (I collect fancy & original ones).
Or anything
Thanks for giving your birthday!
Love ya’

Very Busy in Vernon, British Colombia

2505 -27 St.
Vernon, B.C.
Thur. Aug.29

Dear Ilona,
Thank you so very much for your letter. I like people that write interesting, lenghthy letters. I am beginning to think that I write to too many people, because I can’t remember what I’ve said already, in my letters. So please excuse me if I ask the same questions. Now I have a system of carbon copy imprints and hope it won’t happen again. I write to about five older couples, many cousins, aunts and uncles, and numerous penpals and close friends that I have met.
I am very happy that you enjoy music. I was born musical., I think, and have much to tell you about my musical background.

P.S.      We are getting company for dinner to night so I have to help Moms.

Sat. Aug. 31
Hi! From a two day break! Yesterday I went to see Walt disney’s show the Miracle of the white Stallians. Have you seen it? I didn’t think it was as good as others – like “In search of the Castaways”. Or “Pollyanna”, Parent Trap” & “Swiss Family Robinson.”
Now back to music. Yes I do play lots of instruments – er-not very good though! I play piano at home; in elementary school – the flutophone, autoharp. Now at Junior High – I take band. I am in the percussion section, which includes a great variety of rhythmetic things. Here are some of them. Drums – (snare, tenor, bass, timpani), glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba. I’ll tell you more later. I got to go again! Too busy!

Mon. Sept 1/63!

Boy am I ever busy! Yesterday we had a farewell party at O.K. Lake for one of our square dancers. It was lots of fun and lots of kids! This morning I went horse back riding at a friend’s. He’s a real “duck,” but he’s pretty nice once you get to know him. I love horses. Do you? That adds number 4 to my lists of things that I love. Boys, babies, dogs & horses! Have you got any foreign stamps? I have started a collection, but it’s not much to speak of! I also caollect pennants from different cities I’ve been to. I sure am looking forward to be going to school tomorrow, (grade 9). New teachers & all. I am telling you, you just about die of suspense to find out who is in your class! What kind of dog is Teddy? I bet he’s cute! I’ll have to sent you a picture of Penny. I took a few snaps of her but they’re still in the camera!
Yes my parents were born in Canada. Dad in Victoria, and Mom is Manitoba (near Winnipeg). I was born in Vernon in 1948. Dec. 14 to be exact. When is your birthday?
No brothers and sisters. I wish Richard Chamberlain was my big brother. I just flip when I see him play Dr. Kildare. He plays his part so well. Don’t you think? I would like to tradepictures of your favorite stars with uou, would you? I have lots of “Dick”. I like movie books better than comic books!
My Dad is an assistant accountant for a Ford Motor Company in Vernon.
What church do you go to?
I am quite German myself, you know. I can speak a little bit but not write. My maternal grandparents were born around there, too, and my grandmother lied with us till two years ago. ) She died.) My other grandparents and grandfather died before I was born. My full name is Joy Mary Anne Hopkins. My mother’s is Gerda and my father’s is Eric John! My dog’s is Sunnyvale’s Gold Penny, and my cat is Puffy!
I will be more “busier” when school comes but I write letters in study periods. So ‘bye for now.

All my love, Joy