Editor's Let­ter

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Kayra Wil­liams

This week I vis­ited Paix Bouche, Babon­neau. My pres­ence there had ev­ery­thing to do with the STAR's trivia con­test – I needed to find our win­ner! My desk drawer at the of­fice was over­flow­ing with let­ters from Peter St Pierre, and I was de­ter­mined to find out who he was. Through­out the course of the com­pe­ti­tion our edi­to­rial team had es­pe­cially looked for­ward to his let­ters, and I can safely say that we all hoped his con­sis­tency would soon pay off. By the end of Au­gust, it was clear who the win­ner would be – the only par­tic­i­pant who had at­tempted to an­swer ev­ery sin­gle one of our trivia ques­tions.

When I'd called to set up a meet­ing, he'd told me he was un­able to come to our of­fices be­cause he was an am­putee. I de­cided right away to go visit him, all the while won­der­ing how he'd man­aged to get his notes de­liv­ered. He an­swered that ques­tion when we met by shar­ing with me the story of his ever-so-friendly up­stairs neigh­bour who just hap­pened to work at the post of­fice!

"How con­ve­nient!" I told him as we sat to­gether in his ground floor apart­ment. I handed over his win­nings – an HP com­puter do­nated by long-time reader of the STAR, Mr Tim Au­gustin. His prize also in­cluded as­sorted STAR printed merchandise. At his re­quest, I'd also walked with a box filled with STAR pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing SHE Mag­a­zine, Trop­i­cal Trav­eller and the STAR news­pa­per.

It was only while we were talk­ing, and he pulled out the

STAR's 10th and 20th year special an­niver­sary edi­tions that I un­der­stood the mag­ni­tude of that re­quest.

“I have a vi­sion, I don't look at to­day,” he said with a laugh. “I look down the road at to­mor­row, and to­mor­row and to­mor­row. So a lot of per­sons, I share it with them . . . come and see what you should have done 30 years ago. That is why I'm very pleased to take part in the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause I know that I am rooted and an­chored with the STAR or, as I like to say, my STAR. What else is bet­ter than that?”

When STAR pub­lisher Rick Wayne called dur­ing our con­ver­sa­tion I handed the phone over to Peter. He spoke glee­fully into the re­ceiver then broke out in song; a Ca­lypso en­ti­tled, 'They Fraid Rick' flowed ex­pertly from his lips.

Our STAR trivia win­ner was none other than 1984 Ca­lypso Monarch, Con­troller!

We spoke in length about his Ca­lypso days, his 36year teach­ing ca­reer, and his lan­tern-mak­ing hobby. By the end of our con­ver­sa­tion it was clear the story of the life of this iconic fig­ure needed to be told.

Don't miss next week's edi­tion for Peter's story. For now, con­grat­u­la­tions Peter and all the very best!

Con­grat­u­la­tions STAR trivia win­ner Peter St Pierre on your win­ning the STAR’s 2017 trivia com­pe­ti­tion. We hope to con­tinue giv­ing you more rea­sons to keep read­ing the STAR!

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