Bye Bye, Kits High!

Kitsilano High School here in Vancouver will be no more when it’s demolished on July 2. The Vancouver School Board is keeping the 10th Avenue facade, but the rest is going for a seismic upgrade. At least it isn’t being replaced by a tall tower! Some great memories for the thousands of students who attended…

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Remembering Rick Honey

Hard to believe it’s been over 14 years that Rick Honey left us — far too young — at 53. Thanks to Glen Livingstone for reminding us, and thanks to Rick’s many friends who remembered him on my Facebook page after I shared Glen’s photo and his memories of Rick yesterday. As a tribute to…

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Canada Day In The Comox Valley

In December 2006 the people of Courtenay honoured me with an induction into the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement. They placed my name on the sidewalk on the town’s main street. A few months ago they asked me if I would be the Grand Marshal in the annual July 1 Canada Day parade. I am…

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Blast From The Past

Back in 1982 when this photo was taken, the iPhone was still 25 years in the future! In those days, we used something called a “telephone” and that round black thing I’m holding was called a “record”… remember kids, iTunes was still almost 30 years away! It all seems so dated now. I notice in…

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Catching Up With John Saboe

I had the pleasure of having lunch with John Saboe today at the new downtown White Spot on Dunsmuir at Homer. John began his radio career as an all night radio announcer on CKNW and decided that was not his calling. Years later he became Sales Manager at the station. That’s where we met. He…

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Guitar Lesson from Eddie Cochran, 1957

This photo with Eddie Cochran  showing me how to hold a guitar was taken backstage at the Georgia Auditorium in October 1957. He was a wonderful warm man with a lot of hits: C’mon Everybody, Somethin’ Else, Twenty Flight Rock and many more.  Eddie was killed in a car crash in England while on tour…

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Hot Rods In Abbotsford, 1955

When rock and roll began in Vancouver I would follow the crowds to the beach or wherever they gathered. This photo was taken in 1955 at Abbotsford Airport. In those days they reserved Sundays for drag racing. It was a co-operative effort between the province, the hot rod clubs and the town of Abbotsford. If…

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Fine Art In Cloverdale

It was my pleasure to act as emcee for the sixth annual West Fine Art Show at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The two men who created this display for artists from Western Canada were on hand: Brian Croft on the left, Murray Phillips on the right. The variety of styles and formats was most impressive. Brian…

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Losing A Legend: B.B. King, 89

When there was a theatre named for me it was my great pleasure to introduce the “King of the Blues” and spend some time talking with him. He did most of the show from a chair set up for him on the stage. Many folks who caught his show that night will long remember seeing…

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Neil Sedaka Returns!

Carole and I took in the Neil Sedaka show and it was great seeing this musical icon once again. If Neil just decided to stay at home and wait for the mailman he could literally sit down and count the money from the multitude of songs he has written. Neil has always been a charming…

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