In 1965, my mother Jay Peterson assisted James Reaney in designing marionettes for his “Apple Butter” play. Mom’s contribution, “Moo Cow,” now resides at the Canadian Museum of History. In November 2018, James Reaney’s son James Stewart Reaney gave a presentation about the “Apple Butter” saga at Museum London and “Moo Cow” was in attendance.
My mother invented a baby chair that was used by the Service League of London as a fundraiser from about 1958 to 1967. Museum London has two different versions of this chair in their collection. Poet Colleen Thibaudeau Reaney penned the poem that is on my mother’s grave at the Leith, Ontario United Church cemetery.
This is a follow-up to my March 19, 2012 post about my mother and my brother Chris’s connection to Radio Caroline top deejay Tom Lodge. Lodge publicly thanked my mother and brother for their support. I attended an October 2011 London event to raise funds for Lodge’s cancer treatment. Unfortunately, he died March 25, 2012.