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Re: The '149' Mystery

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:34 pm
by John Saunders
Ray Wilkinson on the 'Tus Bus'...
Ray Wilkinson wrote:On another matter, I was reading some reminiscences on the website of T.V.Sheppard and his old car and I am sure, like another contributor, that it was a Daimler, which we all named the “TUS bus”. I remember standing behind it one day as he was driving off and getting soot from the exhaust all over my trouser leg.

Re: The '149' Mystery

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:55 pm
by John Saunders
Back to the '149' Mystery... for all you hekatonhenosdeontapentekontaphiles out there, David Garnett (RGS 1956-60) reveals some of the secrets of the blessed number here -

Re: The '149' Mystery

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:27 pm
by Henrybecket
Yikes. Post no 3 from me.

This is weird: 149 figures (hoho) in almost every password I have. I assumed I was alone.

In my defence, the Shepherds lived a short way down my parents' road so I saw the infamous car almost every day - and even occasionally had a lift in it.

It's all a bit pathetic, I suppose, but here's how significant an injoke it was: a boy one year older than me who arrived at RGS a year earlier, confided that there was something very exciting and significant about the number 149 that I would discover only once I joined the school. And here I am, 53 years on, still using that number every single day of my life.

Also pathetic, I have to confess, was our treatment of Mr Shepherd on a continuing basis through the Sixties. Looking back, I rather think it went beyond simple banter and strayed into persecution of a kind. Wholly undeserved, obviously, and I dimly recall that many years later I was told that he had a serious war record that had in all likelihood affected his personality. This could be myth but I rather suspect not....

Henry Becket

Re: The '149' Mystery

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:57 pm
by John Saunders
From elsewhere on this website...

Thomas Vincent Sheppard (1908-86), "Retired Xmas 1968. Born in 1908 in Ningpo, China, where his father was a Methodist missionary. Came to the UK with his family in 1920. Thought to have been a merchant seaman for some time in the 1920s. Came to the RGS from the RAF and previously from a post at King’s Norton Grammar School, Birmingham. (Jun 46 Wyc)"

TVS married his wife Cicely in 1935 and had two children, Thomas, born in 1939, and Angela, born in 1946.