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Starring as Steve on Story Net

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Pearl Jones worried that her only child Steve was too shy for his own good.

 

 

 

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Starring as Steve

Recording Date:- 02-28-2013

Storyteller:- Steve Jones

Province:- Quebec

Language:- English

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Pearl Jones worried that her only child Steve was too shy for his own good.


"People forget that back in the 1950s you couldn't divorce someone for being an alcoholic."

Pearl Jones worried that her only child Steve was too shy for his own good.

So she set out to sign him up for as many activities as her Eaton's department-store salary would allow.

It didn't matter that he had little talent for the piano, let alone tap-dancing. It was tap-dancing, though, that brought the lifelong Montrealer a memorable flash of notoriety in the early 1960s following a couple of TV appearances on two popular kids' shows: Magic Tom and Johnny Jelly Bean.

Until her death in 1969 at age 54, Pearl Jones was also her son's best friend.

After graduating university in the late 1970s, Steve planned on a career in education. But by then the tide had turned on the baby boom and English schools in his home neighbourhood of NDG and elsewhere in the city were already starting to downsize staff. Steve wound up in the taxi business, an occupation which he now regards as a special type of performance art.

Steve shares memories of his mother Pearl and reflects on social changes he's witnessed in one of Montreal's most diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods.

Recorded in Westmount, Qc.