Mt. St. Mary’s,
P.O. Box 43,

Dear Leo,

I suppose you’re wondering what on earth I’m writing to you for!

It’s about Light Dimmers. We’re putting a play on here on May 17th, like we do every year. We’ve got these old-fashioned, home-made light dimmers for the stage lights. There’s 4 metal drum things with a salt solution in them. Then there’s wires all over the place going up to light switches and great big wooden handle bars you pull down to dim the lights. It looks a bit like this:-

It works! And has been proved by countless generations of students. The only trouble is, it takes an awful lot of setting up, and quite a lot of people to work it on the night the play is produced. It’s a huge bulky thing & takes up half of the veranda.

Next question. Do you know anything about light dimmers?

We would have about 20+ 150 watt lights going on the night.

A student, Frank Leasiolagi, is trying to fix up something better. He’s a Samoan, as you probably guessed from the name, & knows a bit about these things. He went to Silverstream with Greg Sweet for the last 2 years of his school days. Anyway, he asked me if I would write to my “electrician brother Leo” to see if you would offer some suggestions.

Do you know of what is available on the market and the prices? Or have you any electronic parts we could procure to help him make a less bulky dimmer? Have you any suggestions about how to make dimmer?!! Any other thoughts? etc.

As you can see, I haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about, but I hope you understand what I’m talking about.

As I’ve said already, the play is on May 17th, so we haven’t got long if you have any ideas. We can always use the old one.

Tell Mum I got her letter with the money for the Ordination Programmes. I’ll print about 500 as soon as Mother Vianney sends the words of hymns & I can type out the stencils. Mum wanted Fr. Delaney’s address. It is:-

Fr. N. Delaney SM.,
342 Oriental Parade,
Wellington 1.

I’ll write home soon.

Did you go to the Silverstream Anzac Weekend Reunion? I didn’t, but a couple went down from here.

There’s just one other favour. Could you ask Mum & Dad if they have any pennies. For this play we need about 30 large coins, and pennies would be ideal but we can’t find any. Otherwise we’ll use 50 cent pieces, but that’s a bit much to be flying around the stage. So if you know of any pennies we can borrow?

Well, Leo, I must go. I hope you can help with the Dimmers, but don’t worry if you can’t.

P.S. Mum probably told you, but I’d like you to take up the Offertory Procession at the Ordination with Sue & France, if you want to I forgot… you were here when we discussed it anyway.

P.S.S. I was sorry to hear about your car, but have been watching Fred Dagg on TV for your truck.

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