Appropo of nothing relevant to now and since you asked so nicely, here are pics of me during my fine and upstanding career at CNA as a training officer in the Pretoria/East Rand region in 1984/5. (I have no extant pictures of my brief career as a school teacher – thankfully.)
In this one, I was teaching a supervisor training programme called Frontliner – a lovely example of American programmed instruction. Every delegate was Afrikaans speaking and my Afrikaans was really vrot – worse than now Mari! The materials referred to Mom and Pop stores and so forth. There was also the age thing happening. Hence the dress and the big glasses. I learned a lot about hospitality and koeksusters and how some of the smartest people around are the folks that actually do the job. The venue was the staff room above the CNA in the Boksburg Hypermarket. For those who know the area – it was diagonally across from the excitement of the icerink – where all romance happened during the couples sessions. I had to lug the overhead projector and video playing monitor from Laub St in the South of Jhb. Quite a fun job actually.
This one shows the evil twin in more innocent get-up. The two of us training officers had to work with the regional directors for the massive Xmas launch of Bentley Bear (anybody remember him?) and the video release of ET (in those days Betamax was still an option!). For some reason or other we chose a Wild West theme. Mixed metaphors never worried me in those days.
My how we change! I’m trying to envisage my innards in the condition they were in, at 24!