Hi John,


Thanks for your email today about invalid email addresses. Personally I never encounter that issue as I have had the same email address since the mid 1980s.


You may find it helpful to know that the five graphic images contained in your email do not display for me. In each image location my screen shows: "The linked image cannot be displayed. The file may have been moved, renamed, or deleted. Verify that the link points to the correct file and location." This is the first time I have experienced such a glitch with your emails.


On an entirely different topic, I recently discovered that a former AEI apprentice who lived at Coton House in 1961-62 was sent to prison in 2014 for a string of sexual offences against "young boys" in the 1960s and 1970s. His name is Vernon Geoffrey Quaintance.






Mr. Quaintance's name does not appear on the current Coton Listing, nor in any previous version of the list as far as I know. However, a misspelled version of his name was included in the Where Are They Now list in January 2009. Recognizing his highly distinctive name, I supplied you with his correct name and the contact information for him that I found on the Internet. As a result, you exchanged emails with Mr. Quaintance on 28 January 2009 and then sent me a copy of his reply, which I still have in my files.


I am telling you all this only because it might be useful for you to have this information, and not because I expect you to do anything with it.


As background information, Mr. Quaintance was NOT one of my friends at Coton and I believe we never spoke to one another even though we were in the same group of university-bound apprentices. He seemed very odd to me, an extreme loner who kept to himself and rarely talked to anyone. To my surprise, he was also in my electrical engineering class at Imperial College between 1962 and 1965, during which time he never acknowledged that he knew me from AEI and very obviously avoided any eye contact with me rather creepy. In 1965 he did not return to AEI to complete his apprenticeship as required by the sandwich course agreement. Nobody seemed to miss him.


Thanks for your incredible job of creating and maintaining the Coton website. It and other similar websites have proved to be very helpful tools in my struggle to recover from memory loss issues following a protracted illness, and I am most grateful.




Mike Edwards