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From Toronto...The Optimists Colin Hedworth's history of the Optimists (400 pages with many color photos)
Vern Johansson's History of The Optimists (a compilation of the web pages in "Our Optimists Roots")
We Remember — all of the "We Remember pages in one acrobat file (last updated: September 15, 2020)
Program  from a contest sponsored by the Parkdale Lions Club
Program from the first contest sponsored by the Optimists
Article about Opti-Corps from the Toronto Globe and Mail
Newspaper clippings about the Toronto Optimists winning the Nationals
Phil Hennings newspaper clippings about the 1958 Toronto Optimists
Photo of the 1958 Toronto Optimists on the steps of De La Salle "Oaklands" (includes the names of corps members)
Photo of the 1961 Toronto Optimists on Parliament Hill in Ottawa (includes the names of corps members)
Article about the 1961 Nationals re-created from GCC
article by Alex Barris about the Toronto Optimists published in the Toronto Telegram on July 12, 1961
Article about "The Port Credit Pear Pickers" Optimists alter-ego that performed in a Santa Claus parade
Bill Thorne interview with Doug MacKenzie and Joe Gianna (for GCC)
Optimists Conquer Rome! about Optimists beating Blessed Sacrament in Rome, NY
Photo of the 1962 Toronto Optimists at Varsity Stadium (includes the names of corps members)
Program for the Junior International (Optimists first contest of 1962)
Article about the 1963 Individual Championships (from "Off The Line" magazine)
Interview: Gene Chepswick interviews Richard Robida, Ronn Prokop, Fred Lombard and Joe Palanica (from the Vol 3, #2, 1963 issue of GCC)
Photo of the 1963 Toronto Optimists at Waterloo Lutheran University (includes the names of corps members)
Article about Andy Henderson as "Drum Major of the Month" (from March issue of Drum Corps Digest)
"Men of Ideals" about Barry Bell (from March issue of Drum Corps Digest)
Article about The Optimists (from February issue of Drum Corps Digest)
Article about De La Salle (from May issue of Drum Corps Digest)
Article about Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights (from January issue of Drum Corps Digest)
Reports on the Nationals (from Ottawa newspapers)
Report on the 1967 Nationals (Volume 7, #5 issue of GCC)
Members Manual for the Toronto Optimists
"A Day in the Life of a Corps" The unusual account of how a junior corps primes itself to win the Canadian Nationals (by Douglas McPhail)
Youth of Toronto and Optimists International (Optimists International and The Optimists)
Report on the 1972 Nationals (Vol 12, #8 issue of GCC)
Article about the Optimist Lancers
Article from GCC about the Optimist Cadets Awards
1975-75 Flying Dutchmen Program and Yearbook
Information Drum Corps June 1976 (Submitted by Enzo Marrella)
Information Drum Corps October 1976 (Submitted by Enzo Marrella)
Article about Ken Mulgrew of the Seneca Optimists (This article was taken from a 1977 issue of DCI today)
Dutch Boy/Northstar Program and Yearbook
Article about the Seneca Optimists (from City magazine)
Information Drum Corps March 1978 (Submitted by Enzo Marrella)
Dutch Boy/Northstar Program and Yearbook
Book commemorating 50 years of Drum Corps in Canada (published by the Canadian Drum Corps Association)
Article about former member Bill Thorne and his family (from Parades and Pageantry, February, 1990)
Announcement of the Optimists Alumni's first rehearsal
Article about the Optimists Alumni (from the Welland Tribune)
Article about "Old Skool Drum Corps (from GCC)
DCW Interviews Doug Darwin about the Optimists Alumni

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