Friday, August 09, 2013

Friday Photo: Michael and the Cheetah

On the first two Fridays of each month, I showcase a family photo and answer the “who, what, when, where and why” of that picture. The first week’s Friday photo is taken from my side of the family and the second week’s Friday photo is chosen from my husband’s side of the family. (I got the idea for this column from Amy Coffin’s ebook The Big Genealogy Blog Book advertised on her The We Tree Genealogy Blog.)

Michael Demoskoff with a cheetah in about 1967
Michael and a cheetah, about 1967

Who:
Michael, Barry Stinson (a school teacher), and a cheetah.

What:
Michael is photographed petting a cheetah.

When:
About 1967, during the school year.

Where:
Kamsack Junior High, Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Why:
A rare opportunity for a Prairie boy to meet a cheetah, the world’s fastest land mammal. The cheetah was part of a travelling exhibit visiting local schools in Saskatchewan.

Michael likes this picture, because it was the first time he had the opportunity to see an exotic animal. He remembers how an assembly was called to the auditorium one school day and the students were invited to come up on stage to get their picture taken with the cheetah. Unlike some of his classmates, Michael wasn’t afraid; he “wanted to see that cat”.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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