I'm sure Mr McKenzie was a lovely man
Hmm, if this is the same Mr MacKenzie that chattichatton has mentioned being from Stewarton then he was a very interesting and very intelligent man.
If I'm correct, this is Donald J MacKenzie Depute Assessor of Argyll County Council who interviewed me for a "temporary" job in June 1970 as a measuring assistant in the Assessor's Dept. and based in the ruin beside the heritage centre on the Big Kiln. 38 years on I'm still there and so is the ruin!
I met Donald J in his office on the first floor of what is now the Finance office in Witchburn Road and could barely see him through a cloud of smoke and completed the interview with success and smelling like a kipper. As an office junior, for 3 years I was his fag runner down to Daniels' shop, no Vicki Wine in those days, for 60 Bristol, another memory, that I had to pay for out my own pocket before recovery from Donald, if you could find him through the fug. The boss at the time, James C Wilson who lived at Balegreggan House, refused to set foot in that office, a luxury never afforded to the proletariat. A year before Strathclyde took over and Donald was pensioned off, it was decided to re-decorate the office and it took Cochrane's painters a week to fumigate and strip the room
Office legend had it that he did not smoke at home and God knows how he would have survived with today's workplace rules.