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Guy Lombardo's multiple-award-winning Tempo VII hydroplane, built in 1955 and powered by an Allison aircraft engine, has been owned by the City of London since 1983 when it was donated to the City by the late Colonel Tom Lawson.

It is currently on display at London's Jet Aircraft Museum along with the Miss Supertest III hydroplane, immediately northwest of the London International Airport. It is open Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

Contact London's heritage planner Don Menard (dmenardATlondon.ca) if you or your organization are interested in displaying the Tempo VII in a public setting for a special short-term event.


LOMBARDO TRIVIA: London-born-and-raised bandleader Guy Lombardo (June 19, 1902- Nov. 5, 1977) never travelled across the bridge named in his honour in London, Ontario, since the bridge never officially opened until Nov. 16, 1978, more than a year after his death.

Guy Lombardo (1902-1977) with his younger sister, Rosemarie Lombardo (1925-2011) in the 1940s. Guy and his brothers in the orchestra actually named their sister Rosemarie, who was born 23 years after Guy.


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     LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon    
     Author:  Butch McLarty
     Dated:  Tuesday, February 10 2009 @ 03:44 PM EST
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  • Ambassador London® warned to show fruit if it wants to stay on the City gravy train, LFP, F.11

  • Lots of rain, windy weather in London's forecast, WN, F.11

  • Board of Control agenda for Wednesday, February 11


  • Click on above images to hear the Mayor's theme song©

    BORED OF CONTROL'S ALL-STAR, CREATIVE CITY LINEUP: They're from Pennsylvania and they're here to entertain ya! Left to right: Controller Bud Polhill, Deputy-Mayor Tom Gosnell, Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best, Controller Gina Barber and Controller Gord Hume.


  • Egypt unveils perfectly preserved ancient mummy, AP, F.11

  • Pedestrian dragged 27 km through streets of NYC, CP, F.11

  • STRANGE BUT TRUE: Valuable City of London-owned Lombardo artifacts scooped from museum by former curator ~ after City staff let him in the locked door then watched him cart it away!


    London, Ontario-born bandleader and speedboat champion Guy Lombardo (1902-1977)

    Click on any of the above images to hear "The Sweetest Music this Side of Heaven!"


    THIS JUST IN: Alt-London has learned that the A News at 6 pm (Feb. 10) will broadcast a follow-up story about the Lombardo Museum collection and its former curator Doug Flood, who removed not only his personal Lombaro and music collection from the museum, but also City of London-owned Lombardo memorabilia worth thousands of dollars.

    Apparently, City officials have asked for the publicly owned artifacts back but Mr. Flood refuses to return it.

    A-News reporter Bryan Bicknell nailed the story, reporting that Mr. Flood even scooped Lombardo's custom-made, antique (1946) violin that was donated to the museum in 1984 by Guy Lombardo's younger brother, Joseph!

    Alt-London has been writing about this ongoing scandal for months and then reporter Patrick Maloney of The London Free Press did a story on it on Jan. 30 and completely blew it by failing to report that Mr. Flood had scooped valuable City of London artifacts from the Lombardo museum in addition to his own. To read more about this fiasco, click on "Comments" below.

    (And to think the LFP's senior online editor Dan Brown thinks that no news is ever reported by London bloggers. Meanwhile back at the ranch, Alt-London has scooped the LFP scores of times during the past two years on significant London stories.)


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  • LONDON, ONTARIO, POLICE BEAT

    BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon

    ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009, at 4:45 pm a 20-year-old man heard a knock at the door to his Cathcart Street residence in old south London.

    When he opened the door, two men forced their way in.

    One of the men brandished a knife and demanded money. The suspects then removed electronic equipment from the residence and fled. The resident was not injured.

    London Police were called and are looking for two suspects described as:


    INSIDE: Citizens help nab Londoner Otto Duran, 21, who's charged with armed robbery, resisting arrest, weapons dangerous and assault.


  • White male, 18 years old, 5’10 to 6’, short brown hair and was wearing a blue and black jacket, blue jeans and had his face covered with a blue bandana.

  • White male, 18 years old, 5’10 to 6’, wearing a black and silver hoodie, black baseball hat and blue jeans.

  • If anyone has any information contact London Police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

    You can also provide your tips online at www.londoncrimestoppers.com.

    Citizens help nab Londoner Otto Duran, 21, who's charged with armed robbery, resisting arrest, weapons dangerous and assault

    ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009, at 4 pm a woman was walking on Dundas Street near Beatrice Street in east London to make a cash deposit at a local bank when she was approached by a lone man.

    The man brandished a knife and demanded money.

    The suspect then reached into the woman’s coat and grabbed a bag containing a quantity of cash and fled on foot. The female was not injured.

    A nearby citizen who saw the robbery occur gave chase to the area of Dumont Street where two more citizens were flagged down to assist.

    The suspect pulled the knife on the citizens who were able to get the suspect to the ground and hold him there until London Police arrived.

    One of the citizens received non-life threatening injuries during the struggle with the suspect.

    Otto Duran, 21 years old of London, is charged with armed robbery, resist arrest, weapons dangerous and assault.




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    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon
    Authored by: Protestant on Tuesday, February 10 2009 @ 06:56 PM EST
    I just watched the clip about the Guy Lombardo collection on "A" and second Doug Flood's parting statement when asked "what if the city of london wants the stuff back?" pluewee.

    The Province of Ontario now owns the old Normal School in the Wortley Village and are restoring it. Maybe there's a chance to honour Guy Lombardo there when it's finally re-opened and re-purposed.
    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Tuesday, February 10 2009 @ 07:18 PM EST
    Alt-London story of January 30, 2009

  • LFP HEADLINE SHOULD READ: Many City of London-owned Lombardo artifacts now off limits to City, LFP, J.30

  • (instead of "Lombardo relics off limits to city")


    BOO HOO, YOU'VE GOT ME CRYING FOR YOU: While today's London Free Press article (Jan. 30) doesn't mention it, there are many City of London- owned Lombardo artifacts now in the possession of Londoner Doug Flood through a mix-up between Museum London and Parks and Recreation staff, a de facto giveaway of historically significant City-owned property that should never have been permitted to occur without the explicit prior approval of Museum London's board of directors.

    Further, neither the London Advisory Committee on Heritage nor City Council was consulted prior to this publicly owned collections giveaway at the Lombardo Music Centre. Once again, the LFP banged around the edges but missed the real story.

    Alt-London previously covered this story (accurately, I should add) on November 24, 2008, on November 30, 2008 and on December 31, 2008.

    TO WIT, here's a verbatim excerpt from the Community & Protective Services Committee report, Agenda Item #5, page 23 from Monday, January 26, 2009:

    "THE COLLECTIONS AT THE MUSIC CENTRE: A significant amount of the collection at the Music Centre was privately owned. In an effort to consolidate all of the memorabilia and artefacts at the Music Centre, representatives of the London Legacy Project [Joe Swan and Johann Kinting] attempted to negotiate with the private collector [Doug Flood] the donation of their collection to the City. The private collector [Doug Flood] decided not to donate any part of their collection and the collection was subsequently removed from the Music Centre by the owner. In addition, some of the City-owned memorabilia was also removed by the private collector [Doug Flood]. The City is in the process of understanding the significance and value of these items prior to continuing to seek their return."

    Regarding the significance and value of the City of London-owned Lombardo artifacts that have been improperly removed, remember that the Guy Lombardo Museum operated successfully for 16 years before Mr. Flood became involved with the museum and its board of directors in 1999-2000. Much of this City of London-owned Lombardo memorabilia was obtained from private donors, some of whom received a tax receipt from the City of London for their donation.


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    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon
    Authored by: Timberlake on Tuesday, February 10 2009 @ 08:14 PM EST
    This outrageous situation is further proof that London needs an independent auditor, an ethics commissioner, and an ombudsman. The auditor to recover city owned property for which tax receipts have been issued. The ethics commissioner to ensure that city owned heritage assets are handled in a transparent manner, and handled at arms length by a body with no conflicts of interest in the outcome. Finally an ombudsman to ensure that concerns raised by members of the public reach the desk of the first two parties in a timely manner.
    Museum London A Poor Caretaker
    Authored by: Meadow Lily on Wednesday, February 11 2009 @ 08:52 AM EST
    Having worked at Museum London, and having witnessed how poorly artifacts were managed there, I'm not sure that agency is the right place for the Lombardo artifacts. Also, because the museum's storage facilities were becoming very crowded three or four years ago, there was a mass weeding of the museum's local history reference library and of many many artifacts, judged not to be important enough to preserve. Now I believe both the books and artifacts were first offered to other city institutions. But I'm not convinced the Lombardo artifacts will be properly housed and cared for in the Museum London vault. If plans for a city/county archives get off the ground, perhaps they could be moved there. In the meantime, they are at least in the hands of someone who appreciates them - and the City of London never did!
    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon
    Authored by: Sapphire on Wednesday, February 11 2009 @ 08:59 AM EST
    Hope the dude gets what's coming to him, and the likes of others, as well, some day sooner rather than later.
    Legacy London and Lombardo
    Authored by: Meadow Lily on Wednesday, February 11 2009 @ 09:44 AM EST
    Some months ago, our community association met with Joe Swan and others, with Swan representing the Legacy London group. There was a discussion at that time of having a complex, somewhere in the city, which would house several smaller museum collections including the Lombardo artifacts. Little has been heard of Legacy London now for months - has that movement disappeared entirely or has it been swallowed up by Ambassador London? I think Mr. Flood would turn over artifacts if he could be assured that there was some agency that would look after them properly and display them properly. I believe one of the Legacy London ideas was to have displays of historic artifacts in venues around the city - i.e. hospital lobbies, at the Convention Center, etc.
    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon
    Authored by: Timberlake on Wednesday, February 11 2009 @ 10:05 AM EST
    Not a peep is heard from London Legacy. Not a word. Nothing. There was public funding behind the group, a strong mandate to sustain the Guy Lombardo Museum and a groundswell of grassroots support to build on. Their lack of assertiveness during this situation is extremely disappointing. What happened here? Was there another hijacking? We deserve an explanation.
    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday
    Authored by: Mr_Ambassador on Wednesday, February 11 2009 @ 11:49 AM EST
    The London Legacy Project is dead in the water.

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    When you come to that infamous fork in the road, pick it up because you never know when you'll need an eating utensil.
    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon
    Authored by: Timberlake on Wednesday, February 11 2009 @ 12:07 PM EST
    Museum London was overseeing and managing the Guy Lombardo Museum at the request of the city. They thought they had the authority to sign off on the collection. Museum London had little enthusiasm, appreciation, or passion for the collection or Guy Lombardo, the individual whose legacy was being celebrated. The Museum had not improved under their stewardship. I can understand that Museum London would want to be relieved of their responsibilities and walk away from the situation.

    That the decision to dismantle the collection was made by an employee of Museum London, and apparently not by their Board, is very improper and troubling. (Despite specific requests for clarification from altlondon, documentation of due diligence by Museum London's management and board has not as yet been forthcoming.)

    That this employee felt empowered to speak and make decisions on the behalf of “ the city” is even more improper. This person had no business to speak or make decisions on the behalf of the greater community. Where city owned heritage assets are concerned, the city’s Heritage Advisory Committee, (where any and all members of the community can have standing and be heard), is the appropriate place to make recommendations and seek direction.


    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon
    Authored by: Sapphire on Wednesday, February 11 2009 @ 01:23 PM EST
    I'd like to take this opportunity to warn people who wish to donate military memorbilia to the military museum to do so only if they receive a tax receipt or letter of acknowledgement from the museum at the time they donate their memoribilia.

    I made the mistake of donating four rare items without demanding a receipt at the time of donation. Subsequent followups with the curator failed to produce any receipt or letter from them, even though the curator acknowledged receiving the memoribilia, they couldn't seem to find any of it when asked to do so and get back to me. For the record, I donated a rare ration book with ration stamps still in it, an ariforce gunner's manual from World War 11, an invitation passport for the unveiling of the Vimy Ridge Memorial in 1937, and a very valuable copy of a theatre play put on by the soldiers in London Ontario during the 2nd world war which featured Wayne and Shuster as two corporals with speaking parts. Guess it looks like I'll never see it on display when the new museum addition is finally finished and open for the public to visit.
    Ambassaador London
    Authored by: Meadow Lily on Wednesday, February 11 2009 @ 04:20 PM EST
    I was pleased to see that council members have reduced the Ambassador London budget as of a vote at last night's meeting. While the idea was a wonderful concept, it seemed to morph into another one of the city's make-work projects for out-of-work former administrators and city council members. Why isn't Tourism London promoting all the city attractions - after all, that's why they have a big budget and that's what the staff is paid for. However, when working in a heritage facility in the city, we found that Tourism London did a very poor job of promoting both natural attractions and heritage sites. In fact, some visitors found it almost impossible to locate the Tourism London office in downtown London.
    Too bad about Legacy London - I guess the idea had legs and they walked right out of the city.
    Ambassaador London
    Authored by: Protestant on Thursday, February 12 2009 @ 08:35 AM EST
    I went to an Ambassador London meeting at the Elsi Parrin estate. It's heritage property and a lovely place that few people have reason to use. It costs money for upkeep, and some of that comes from renting it out for meetings, so perhaps this is an example that some of the money given to the Ambassador London project is being circulated to other financially needy projects. ... I hope.
    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon
    Authored by: Timberlake on Thursday, February 12 2009 @ 12:06 PM EST
    Authored by: on Thursday, February 12 2009 @ 12:03 PM EST
    The wind-up of the Guy Lombardo Museum happened in contradiction of everything they teach you in museum school. One of the principles, a zealous collector of Guy Lombardo material (coupled with an equally well known antipathy toward the City of London), is given access to the collection. Access is provided by city employees working for the Parks and Recreation department, a division of the city that has been on the record as wanting the use of that particular space. The process was unwittingly initiated by a employee of Museum London, another agency of the city. All of these parties have conflicts of interest in the situation. Serious conflicts of interest.

    London Legacy, a group that was organized to protect the interests of the Lombardo Museum, is silent. The City’s Heritage Advisory Committee, where this issue had been discussed and debated, is not consulted, nor did it choose to involve itself. There was no opportunity to have a public meeting for input, consultation or closure.

    This issue should have been dealt with by a committee at arm’s length from the situation, with no personal or organizational conflicts of interest. It should have been conducted in an atmosphere of openness and transparency. Instead this is just another example that London is “all mixed up.”

    London’s cultural workers use heritage resources to promote London, create works of art, and highlight memorable personalities. Heritage is a very significant element in neighborhood revitalization. What a devastating a loss and an insult to the emerging SoHo community, home to the Lombardo family. Musicians, performers and entertainers derive inspiration from the Lombardo legacy. These and other creative people no longer have access to what were publically owned heritage resources.

    The donors of artifacts to the Lombardo Museum were never consulted in any way whatsoever. This is creating a chill in the community among people who would otherwise contribute to heritage related initiatives in London.

    How much longer can London afford ignore such incompetent and non-professional performance from its employees? How much longer can our politicians ignore their responsibility to perform due diligence on the public’s behalf? If the legacy of the world’s most famous bandleader can be spirited away in plain sight, you have to ask yourself, what other issues are they equally negligent about?
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    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon
    Authored by: Sapphire on Thursday, February 12 2009 @ 12:20 PM EST
    "perhaps this is an example that some of the money given to the Ambassador London project is being circulated to other financially needy projects. ... I hope."


    Protestant... Do I detect a note of sarcasm here? Or just wishful thinking?

    Sorry to change the subject, but someone should issue a bulletin alert for the public parking lots north of the five story parking lot at the University Hospital, that are situated south of Medway Creek. The creek is really swollen and was alsmost parallel to the parking lot when I went by there about an hour ago along Windermere.

    Sure do hope the water doesn't rise too fast and swallow any of the cars parked there.

    By the way, does anyone know for sure when the river and creeks are expected to reach their peak and start receding?

    Yeah, I know, I should call the Upper Thames and ask to speak to Teresa Hollingsworth about it but I hate to bother her right now,because she probably has her hands full just making sure the Fanshawe Dam can handle the floodwaters coming from upstream of the dam.

    Thank God for small miracles that the Springbank Dam gates are down and not seized shut in an upright position.
    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday
    Authored by: Betty McLarty on Thursday, February 12 2009 @ 02:23 PM EST
    The RC Diocese has staked out all the high ground in London. Head to the
    Mount!

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    LONDON, ONTARIO BREAKING NEWS: Home invasion and robbery by two thugs on Cathcart Street Monday afternoon
    Authored by: Sapphire on Friday, February 13 2009 @ 08:42 PM EST
    "The RC Diocese has staked out all the high ground in London. Head to the Mount!

    (Sigh) Yes, looks like RC Diocese saw it, (the floods) coming before anyone else did. Wonder what else they know and are not telling anyone?