Goldfinger, Peter (9 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London and the British Library

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    Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 9: Further details of time in Ottawa. Rockliffe Park Public School. Fell in love with fellow eight year old, Bunty Maver. Sex education at school, warned against VD. Had crushes at school but no overt homosexuality. EG in later years was worried that PG might have had homosexual experiences; EG and UB had friends who were homosexual and EG was worried that they might make advances - they didn’t. UB showed the children the Encyclopaedia Britannica as part of their sex education. When PG went to Paris, EG told him he should ‘take precautions’; this advice didn’t tie in with the school teaching. Parents’ morality. PG has no evidence to make him think father had affairs but wouldn’t have been surprised if he had whereas would have been surprised if his mother had been unfaithful. PG’s first marriage broke up because he was unfaithful; parents were understanding. Parents happy that PG had children, were fond of his first wife. Details of group of children PG was with in Canada and staff, way in which household functioned etc. Letters and broadcast messages from parents and vice versa. EG’s letters were typed, UB would write. PG proud of father. Time in Canada remained an adventure. PG and LG went to New York and to Bethlehem for Christmas, to stay with EG’s cousin, a buyer for Macey’s. (Uncle, George, visited PG and LG in Ottowa.) PG went to live in NY in 1962. Present wife is American. Thinks LG probably had a more traumatic time in Canada, whereas PG found it an adventure. Group that was together for four years in Canada has remained in touch, meets every ten years. Attachment to Michael, brother born in 1945 is a different kind of attachment to that of the Canada group. Details of what has happened in adult life to the group that went to Canada

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