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The Forest Rangers Fans Stories & Memories Page | Kleinburg, Vaughan | Saturday, 12. June 2038
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You sure you mean 2038????????
I hope I'm able to go…but I'll have to get back to you on that. :)
I think most of the people in the above picture will be dead by 2038 ......a long wait til another reunion......
Hello fans...This is NOT the fan page....the fan page is linked below
Hello from Willie Lloyd!
For those of you who attended the 2013 50 Year Reunion (and for those of you who missed it), you may be interested in this commemorative DVD photo slideshow of the day. It has many behind-the-scenes photos as the cast and crew reacquainted and prepared to take the stage. It is a great keepsake of a wonderful day. It is available through John Deakin. Here are some sample photos . . .
I watched The Forest Rangers through reruns in the 80’s and it’s one of the shows I remember the most from my childhood. I don’t have any specific story to tell only my sentiments to share. For me, what made this series stand out were the kids. They weren’t cartoons or supernatural beings. No special powers were bestowed upon them one fateful day. No magic wand or sword was ever used and they couldn’t travel through space and time. They were real kids in real situations. Being a Junior Forest Ranger meant being apart of adventure itself. They went camping, canoeing and horseback riding without any ***** or parental supervision. Seriously, how many people would let their kid climb a fire tower without some kind of safety harness. And can you imagine having a fort that size to call your headquarters? The biggest fort I ever had was made up of pillows, blankets and chairs built haphazardly in my basement. The kids were never told no, you can’t, you’re too young and they were never talked down to. Instead, in the midst of a forest fire, they were given shovels by the Chief Ranger Keeley and told ‘we’re going to need all the help we can get’. Once they were recruited to follow a suspected thief by Sergeant Scott. They searched the woods for poor, lost city folk, went up against poachers, battled freezing conditions and dry, hot weather. They did it all. Though I was too young to appreciate the educational aspect of the series, I now realize how much I learned. The lessons weren’t spoon fed to its young audience. It was part of the story, within each episode so you never forgot it. Joe Two Rivers mentored us all. A Junior Forest Ranger had a kind of freedom a kid could only dream about and friendships you knew were lifelong. I sometimes think that I was born too late because had I been around then I would’ve done anything to be one. Then again, that’s the beauty of this show because you can never be too young, old or late to enjoy it.
I wore my "Forest Rangers 50th Anniversary" t-shirt today. One man stopped to tell me that he had just been humming the Forest Rangers theme song a couple of days ago. Later, another fellow told me that he had tried (with no success) to download the music to his iphone. Two different people told me how much they loved the show. I recommended the Forest Rangers Facebook site to them. I think that we have no true idea just how many fans of the Forest Rangers there are out there! A fan suggested that CBC should show the Forest Rangers in the 1/2 hour time slot before Hockey Night in Canada. Now THAT'S a great idea :)
I remember watching the Forest Rangers in French, in the 60's. Entitled "Les cadets de la foret". The series must have been dubbed in France because the people talked a bit differently than we did in Quebec or francophone Ontario. It was only many years later that I got to watch the series in English and get to hear the actors' real voices! Like many, I loved the show and so wished I could have been a junior Forest Ranger, their lives seemed so exciting and fun. Anyway, the show takes me back to when I was 9 or 11 in the 60's, living in a Northern Ontario mining town and having the time of my life, biking everywhere, playing in "forts" we built in the woods, going to saturday matinee double-bills for 25 cents. The Junior Forest Rangers is forever associated with that wonderful period of my childhood. Thanks for the memories!!
Just got this email to: "I heard the CBC Radio One interview Saturday with several of the actors about The Forest Rangers reunion later in the day. I didn't know the show had such carriage around the globe and over the years. The interview brought back fond memories as a tween who enjoyed outdoor life and had a very small part in the production. I was briefly a stand in for the character Mike Forbes because I could paddle a canoe. When I was 12 I lived beside the Credit River, went to Riverside Public School in Port Credit and paddled at the Mississauga Canoe Club across the road. One day someone from the production came to the Club looking for two kids who could paddle a canoe and had some resemblance to the characters 'Mike' and 'Pete'. I was picked for Mike, I think because I was short and fair haired and Donny Smith was picked for Pete, who was taller and had dark hair. My mother even had to dye my hair red to make me look more like Mike. Several times we were picked up and taken to locations and told to jump in a river or into a canoe and paddle away. Once we were flown to Ottawa and taken to a location in Quebec I believe and stayed in a hotel for a few days with Donny's mother as our chaperone. We were asked to jump into some fast moving water with divers downstream to catch us. Later, paddle away in a canoe. It was a grand adventure for two kids and the bonus was we got paid for it. Certainly more than the paper route paid. Back at school we were celebrities for a day or two. All the kids watched The Forest Rangers. It was great fun. Thanks. Al..."
Just got this from a fan, "Hey there Forest Ranger Folks! Wow,50 years. I just wanted to let you all know that you have been an integral part of my best and oldest friend. Colleen and I became friends in the early 70's when were both at Holy Cross Elementary in Ottawa South. We thought we were pretty average kids but looking back, we were a little different. Colleen came from a family of two really young parents of five kids who were born really close together. Like I said, we were Catholic! I was the youngest of three girls, my sisters were 7 and 9 years older than I and the big kicker was that my mother was a really young widow. So, looking back, Colleen and I had a lot of stuff on our plates (which would go on to get filled to overflowing as the years went on!) but we didn't really give it much thought then. It was just how life was! One summer day, as we lolled around one of our houses wishing we could be at camp, go swimming or just do something that would end out boredom (money was tight, our parents were pre-occupied with life, and we were 10 year olds seeking adventure. I mean after all, we read Nancy Drew!!!) we flipped on the old tv, black and white and you had to jam a folded matchbook in behind the channel change dial to get the picture to stay put, a show came on CBC called The Forest Rangers. What the heck was this? A bunch of kids, one of whom was named Chub (ya had to love it!), who went to this camp in the woods, had no parents, no real rules except those laid out by Keeley, who was pretty lax, all things considered, and they had adventures in the wilderness in Ontario. We were hooked. These kids were living the dream, as far as we were concerned - they camped, they got into "situations" that you never were sure were going to have a good ending and they drank Coffee, for gawd's sake!!! Cathy was always putting on that coffee pot! We watched them canoe, fight fires, catch poachers, foil skunks, you name it, they (or I guess you guys!) did it. Bu the best part was that Colleen (who later went on to do some acting work) and I were pretty good mimics and so we could get your barely pubescent voices down pretty well. It was hilarious to us and we immediately became Chub and Keeley to each other. She got to be Keeley because she was 4 months older and considerably taller than I and so yes, I need no description but I was Chub. That first summer we discovered you, everything was Forest Rangers. We would ride our bikes for miles through the arboretum at the Experimental Farm in Ottawa, pretending to spot unsavoury loggers. We'd go hiking near "the stream" which was really just a wet culvert area behind a construction site, convinced we seem some illegal anglers. It got kind of ridiculous but we had fun. Time moved on, Colleen and I went to different high schools, still in Ottawa but we didn't see each other as much and to be blunt, The Forest Rangers weren't that cool when you were just in high school in the mid 70's. Let's **** it, we had watched re-runs of your show and made it our own but disco was now on the rise. One thing, however, that never changed were Keeley and Chub. It was as though the names made us our own nerdy alter egos that was just between Colleen and I and it worked. It worked back then and it works to this day. No matter how long we had gone between speaking with each other, we could just pick up the phone, wherever we were and with one "Hey Chub", I knew it was my very best friend on the other end of the line and visa versa. When Colleen's parents were going through a terrible, nasty divorce, Chub got the call and Keeley came to stay at our house for a bit. When Chub's mother re-married a not so great guy, Keeley was there in a minute to support me. And on it went; a pregnancy scare from some sexual abuse she suffered, when I heard "Chub I need you", I was there. When I called her in Toronto to say Chub needed a maid of honour at her elopement (just because we wanted to be married, not because I was pregnant), Keeley stood proudly by my side. Her marriage and subsequent divorce, the birth of my children, the deaths of our parents, and so on and so forth. To this day, when I pick up the phone and hear "Chub, how the **** are ya!" we both just crack up laughing. On behalf of my Keeley and myself, I would like to thank all of you for being part of a show that in some ways, saved Colleen and I. Nobody else loved it like we did and it was so quirky, why would they? But it was our thing together and it cemented a friendship that has lasted since 1969/70 until today. In fact just the other day, when I forwarded her the article from the Ottawa Citizen about the reunion, it was only minutes before the phone rang and when I picked it up, that voice all the way from Los Angeles said "A is for Apple, pack the canoe Chub, we've got to get going"! And we were off again. It never gets old for us and so I guess none of you do either. Have a great reunion and from two little girls (who are now two 52 year old girls), thanks for the memories. You'll never know how much you gave us and still do, All the best, Anne Creelman Haliburton, ON Colleen Kearney Los Angeles, CA"
I remember like it was yesterday coming home from school to watch the Forest Rangers. I'm sure I had a crush on every one of those cute boys! It was such a wonderful, wholesome and realistic show and I do love seeing the videos even today.
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12. June 2038 - 14:25
The Forest Rangers Fans Stories & Memories Page
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