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    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    ^ Ha Ha! That sounds like a cross between the Eskimos fight song and the Hippopotamus jingle.
    Those old jingles are so funny. Though they stick in your head for days.....

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    I still love this one from the 1980's when the Cold War was still going on.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWAKtYGJZSM

    Some commercials where sooo entertaining back then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnie52 View Post
    Does anyone remember the name of the dining lounge/restaurant on approx 105 ave. and 96 street that was originally a church? I know it became Danny Hoopers Stockyard but we are trying to remember what it was called before he took it over. Thanks.

    It was called Friars for a while....

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    I remember when The Brick wasn't having a sale. I think it was on a Wednesday in about 1987.
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    Remember these old lotteries that preceded Lotto 6/49 and the others:

    Super Loto: $10
    The Provincial: $5
    Western Express: can't remember how much the tickets cost, but Don Wittman used to host the draw show on TV

    History of lotteries in this document, starting on page 5:
    http://www.aglc.gov.ab.ca/pdf/lpr/LP..._Lotteries.pdf
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    I remember living in Ontario , they do have a lottery called Wintario, cost just $ 1 dollar.

    started in 1975 and ended in 1988.


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    I was born in Edmonton in 65, lived there from 74 to 84, so here's what I remembered about living in Edmonton.

    I remember...

    - watching Space 1999 on iTV
    - firing snowballs at the buses as they passed our school
    - Fright Night on Thursday nights on channel 13
    - the kids bumpering behind the buses during the winter
    - 'Sit On It' buttons
    - those brown leather boots with the square buckle on the side
    - going to The Hobbit for sci-fi mags
    - the arcade in Northlands Mall with all the monster masks and joke stuff
    - the roller skating joint where they wouldn't allow jeans
    - getting stiffed working for Dicki-Dee
    - the night K-97 announced that John Lennon was assassinated
    - going to Westmount Cinema every week to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark
    - Disney films at Londonderry Theatre
    - how we conned a young couple in line to see Alien to allow me, a friend and my brother to get in with them
    - skipping Art class to see the first showing of Return of the Jedi
    - the assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan
    - the total solar eclipse of 1980
    - the yellow and white cop cars
    - Bubble Yum stickers
    - having Baby Bat kite dog fights
    - watching B-films at the Twin Drive-In
    - The Pop Shoppe
    - Peddle-Pushers
    - watching Popcorn Playhouse
    - watching Romper Room
    - watching The Flintstones at lunch time
    - no school when the temperature dips below -35c
    - our high school having a designated smoking area for the students
    - going to Buffalo Bills for birthdays
    - going to Stampede Wrestling to see Mr. Hito, Cuban Assassin, Bret Hart, Dynamite Kid and the like
    - the annoying Brick commercials
    - Chuck Chandler at Northlands Park wearing platform shoes and smoking a stogie
    - Chuck Chandler playing floor hockey with us at the Glenrose Hospital
    - playing flag football
    - playing Shinny
    - when snow was at least two feet deep
    - motocross bikes
    - watching movies at school on a film projector
    - fruit drinks in a plastic bag
    - hot pockets
    - watching .25 cent matinees at the Plaza Theatre hoping to win that COX airplane or a new bike
    - when it seemed that the Oilers and the Esks winning a cup every year
    - K-Mart, Woolco, Woodards and Consumers Distributing
    - the preferred drug for teenagers was hash/oil
    - the arts n crafts caravans that were at the playgrounds every summer
    - the thin layer of ash from Mount St. Helens
    - seeing the Ice Capades
    - seeing the Shrine Circus
    - the forming of the WCC
    - MASH day at our high school
    - playing murder ball in gym
    - having spud gun shoot outs
    - A&W drive-ins
    - the Beatles fanatics in the hallways of our high school
    - Super Channel being on the air
    - when a VCR cost $1000 at the Brick
    - being the first one on the block with a 7th gen bootlegged copy of Empire Strikes Back
    - a priest in our school was stabbed to death by some punks
    - drag racing at Speedway Park
    - everyone had to have a Lucky Rabbits Foot
    - seeing Star Wars at the Odeon in 1977
    - bawling my eyes out during E.T.
    - the roar of the Hercules at CFB Namao
    - Chicken on the Way

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    The Namao Airshow

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    Yes, it was an airshow, but wasn't it an air base in some capacity in the 70s. I could be wrong about that. But I did hear the Hercules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayneskichuck View Post
    Yes, it was an airshow, but wasn't it an air base in some capacity in the 70s. I could be wrong about that. But I did hear the Hercules.
    CFB Namao was an airbase from about 1946 to its closure in about 1995.

    One of Canada's major airbases now CFB Edmonton Garrison Centre for Army Land Forces West.

    CFB Namao also hosted what was Canada's 3rd largest airshow for many years.

    I sure miss not having a major airshow

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    Death Monkey wrote:

    "Western Express: can't remember how much the tickets cost, but Don Wittman used to host the draw show on TV"

    If I recall correctly, Western Express was the cheapest ticket. I think it cost a dollar. Maybe two.

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    So, they've must of been Hercules then being the mid 70s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayneskichuck View Post
    So, they've must of been Hercules then being the mid 70s.
    (2) Squadrons of Hercules were based at CFB Namao through the 70s-80s and 90s.

    418 Squadron and 435 Squadron

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    I had a chance, when I was a lad, to go into one. Very Cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    504 Squadron in the mid 70's for me.
    Who remembers the squadron in 1951-1955?

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    ^ Ah, 12 Squadron RCAC in the downtown Ortona drill hall in the 70s. That was a very cool armoury in its day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFM View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    504 Squadron in the mid 70's for me.
    Who remembers the squadron in 1951-1955?
    Sorry...early 70s I remember the squadron but I was in 551 Whitehorse at the time (dated a sweetee there though)

    By the way
    12, 395, 504, 533, 570, 699 and 810 are still operating and doing well!

    12 by Sherwood Park
    395 is in Non Such
    504 is in the Museum
    533 is still in St Albert
    699 is still Jasper Place
    810 has a new CO and is looking for a long term home on the South Side

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    Hey Tom, RFM or kkozoriz,

    Do any of you guys know any of the squadron members of 1951-1955 stationed in the Edmonton area? Pretty much the squadrons mentioned above.

    Wayne

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    I was in the 504 Air Cadet squadron from 66-68 we were in the 700 wing hanger across from the Muni. Many memories Camp Penhold , glider flying, rides in Hercules out of Nameo, trying to build a crystal radio, watching movie Dambusters y other month. That was our squadron leaders personal favourite so I saw it so many times I swear I know the script word for word

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    Hey Gents,

    Does anyone know any of the squadron members from that time? I'm looking for a Thomas Lewis, he would of been an aircraft mechanic. I don't know his rank or squadron. Anyone?

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    Tracy Stars, Studio 82, Drum Shop, Park Hotel, Little Lot, Mr. Johns, Nu Way Billiards, Zipps Tattoo...

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    Living in Dawson Creek B.C. before 1990.
    On ITV.
    -Oilers games
    - Hercules
    -Spider Man
    -Max The 2000 Year Old Mouse.
    -Bill Matheson
    - Lesley McDonald
    -Stampede Wrestling with Ed Whalen

    CFRN.
    -Flinstones
    -Tommy Banks
    -Daphne Kuehn
    -Saturday Night Live with Phil Hartman and Mike Myers
    -Saturday Night Main Event.
    -Everyday Workout with Cynthia Kereluk

    After moving to Edmonton in 1990.
    -Tootsies on Stony and West Ed.
    -The endless fields from 170th street to 178th and from south of the Toys R Us to Stony.
    -Centenial Mall
    -Medowlark being an actual mall.
    -Westlawn Jr. High having no windows what so ever.
    -The Tap Room in the Saxony
    -My buddy driving down the River Valley Park system in a 78 plymouth Fury
    -Keillor Road
    -First time at the Coliseum
    -First time at Commonwealth
    -Seeing a woman on the back of a bike ripe her shirt off. (never been so shocked and happy at the same time)
    -Wayne's Sports Cards accross from West Ed.
    -Sneaking out of the house to go play pool at the 24 hour pool hall at West Ed. The Casino is there now.
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    My first job at Domo where I wasn't allowed to handle the money but they expected me to pay for the shortages.

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    In the 1980's:
    Commonwealth Posters,
    The Bay Brown Bagger,
    The Beach combers,
    rail sheds along 104th street,
    Hobbits Fantasy Shop
    WEM under construction (phase 1)
    Peoples Church was an empty lot
    Gold nugget gas station (Sandy Lane Petro Can)
    1 shed bus shelter JP terminal (room for about 6 people)
    A&W on 109th street (beside Hotel) Anyone remember the name of the hotel?
    Seven Seas restaurant.
    Arlington apartments
    Corona Hotel where BP's used to be.
    Silk Hat
    Westmount theaters
    Medowlark theater
    Londondary Mall theaters
    The Rat hole
    The fountain in Edmonton Centre food court
    The transit strike 1982
    Transit passes were $15 1979
    Cecil Hotel
    Uncle Albert's Whyte Ave
    Electro T's (computer shop WEM)
    Stampede Wrestling Saturday afternoon

    Just to name a few
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    Drive-In Theaters like the Twin.
    Barry T's and getting in at the age of 15
    yellow cop cars
    The fact you could let your 5 year old play all day outside anywhere in the neighbourhood and not feel scared for their safety
    Romper Room. She never said my name. Not once.
    Halloween without having to wear a winter suit to keep you warm
    the arcade by the Transit and how kids would skip school to go play there
    outdoor rinks open in October
    Rat Hole
    Londonderry Theater
    The Gainers strike
    Stampede Wrestling
    Old drive up A&W in Beverly on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer had hot rod nights. All the cars that would come out and line up and it would just be a random show n shine
    Keilor Road
    SCTV
    Oiler games on ITV with Bruce Buchannan
    Bill Matheson and his weather map
    Al McCann and sports on CFRN
    The guy BEFORE Daryl McIntyre on CFRN
    Using the Consumers Distributing catalog to pick out my Christmas presents lol.
    Woodwards. K-Mart. Wolco. Eatons.
    Clareview when it had the train station, Superstore, the arena and nothing else.
    The Belmont jail (a Sobeys is there now)
    The Yellowhead with less overpasses

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    A few defunct gas station brands:
    White Rose
    North Star
    Redhead
    B/A
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    ^ How about these ones
    - Gulf
    - Texaco
    - Pacific 66
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    Royalite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    ^ How about these ones
    - Gulf
    - Texaco
    - Pacific 66
    Pacific 66 was owned by Petro Canada, who bought it from the American parent company(I believe Phillips 66 was the name). What was funny was that some of the 66s were re-branded, with names clearly meant to appeal to Albertans who would otherwise have despised PetroCan as "socialistic"or whatever.

    The one in Ottewell was called Rebel, and I recall hearing about another one called "Maverick".

    (Sorry if I've posted this info already; it's hard to keep track).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat View Post
    A few defunct gas station brands:
    White Rose
    North Star
    Redhead
    B/A
    I remember the B/A or (British American) on the corner of 124th and Jasper when I was a little kid, Gulf took them over around 1969, Their original logo was green and white then changed to a slightly updated colour of Orange and Blue after being bought out by Gulf. Then the B/A Logo was changed to Gulf roughly a year later.

    Funny thing is I still think of the logo as rather timeless and could have been kept as it was in the Blue and Orange.

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    Union 76

    I remember the little foam car antenna balls they gave away.

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    The Journal had a summer treasure hunting contest that ran for a few years. Something was hidden somewhere in Edmonton and clues were published every week. The clues were mostly drawings but I think there were also text clues as well. Can't remember what the treasures were but they must have been worth looking for.

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    They were a pledge to receive $5,000 worth of gold if I recall correctly.

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    The small group of downtown street preachers that stood by Eatons, Zellers, or Kresges along 101 street and chanted some version of "repent sinner" at the many passers by. They seemed to zero in on particularly hot disco chicks.

    There were three of them (guy + 2 women), then two, then one (guy by himself), then none. They slowly vanished as the department stores closed and the downtown crowds dwindled to nothing.

    The last time I saw him must have been 1984 or so. Possibly even 1985, but unlikely.

    I could never quite figure out whether the "repent sinner" graffiti artist of the late eighties was in any way related.

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    Not so distant a memory,however I remember Dancin' Dan in the westend. What happened to him ?
    Surely , not everyone was Kung Fu fighting.

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    ^^ I remember as a kid going to movies downtown and having pamphlets thrust on me by Children Of God devotees. They were a big-time cult in the 70s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry N View Post
    Not so distant a memory,however I remember Dancin' Dan in the westend. What happened to him ?
    the cops killed his buzz cuz apparently he was a hazard witch i call BS on

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJC View Post
    ^^ I remember as a kid going to movies downtown and having pamphlets thrust on me by Children Of God devotees. They were a big-time cult in the 70s.
    Is that the same group that was founded by David Berg and is now known as The Family International? If so, wow. I never knew they made it to Edmonton. They've had quite the checkered history, to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AShetsen View Post
    The small group of downtown street preachers that stood by Eatons, Zellers, or Kresges along 101 street and chanted some version of "repent sinner" at the many passers by. They seemed to zero in on particularly hot disco chicks.

    There were three of them (guy + 2 women), then two, then one (guy by himself), then none. They slowly vanished as the department stores closed and the downtown crowds dwindled to nothing.

    The last time I saw him must have been 1984 or so. Possibly even 1985, but unlikely.

    I could never quite figure out whether the "repent sinner" graffiti artist of the late eighties was in any way related.
    I don't know about the "repent sinner" stuff, but I remember the anti-Christian graffiti spouting numerous variations on "There are millions of gods more powerful than Jesus"(I think I mentioned this elsewhere on the thread). I once asked one of the street preachers about this(not the old man, but one of his sidekicks, I think) and he told me that he knew who did that graffiti, and that the guy had been sent to Alberta Hospital. I'm assuming it was one of the people who argued with them on the street.

    There were a few lurid backstories about the preachers floating around. But well-known street characters always tend to attract those kinds of rumours.
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    I remember their mantra: In a monotone - "May I offer you a testimony of what Jesus did?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by overoceans View Post
    There were a few lurid backstories about the preachers floating around. But well-known street characters always tend to attract those kinds of rumours.
    I just showed these posts to my bf. He shared a lurid story about them that a Bay security guard friend of his witnessed back in the day.

    *shudders*
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    I remember old Jim the preacher who was around til about the late 90s.
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    It was the woman who spoke in monotone. Back when I went to the Odeon Theatre to watch Star Wars, we (my older bro and sis) always encountered them outside the old Bank of Montreal building on Jasper and 101st.

    She was known as the "Robot Lady" because of the way she talked to passerby's. The last few times I saw her she was very pregnant. We figured Old Jim knocked her up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overoceans View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PJC View Post
    ^^ I remember as a kid going to movies downtown and having pamphlets thrust on me by Children Of God devotees. They were a big-time cult in the 70s.
    Is that the same group that was founded by David Berg and is now known as The Family International? If so, wow. I never knew they made it to Edmonton. They've had quite the checkered history, to say the least.

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    One and the same. They were all over North America then.

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    Hmm. I wonder if they were the ones who were picketting the movie "Oh God Book II" when I went to see it with my parents. It was two women, who were handing out religious bookmarks, and said they objected that the movie showed "God as something to be laughed at". It would have been around the time that you reference.

    Mind you, when you're worshipping a guy like David Berg, it's a little hard to believe that you could be offended by George Burns as the deity.

    Speaking of non-mainstream religions, I remember when Scientology was on Whyte Avenue, and they used to try and rope people in for the personality test. One day, I saw a drunk guy sitting on a bench, puking his guts up, and the Scientologist just stood there, ignoring him(so much for their self-proclaimed mission of getting people off booze and drugs).

    I also recall the Potter's House people, who used to evangelize in the general vicinity of the Strathcona Hotel, on Friday nights, early to mid-90s. A friend of mine and I once heckled their re-enactment of the scourging of Christ, and the guy who was their leader came up to us after and said: "You know what? Before I found Christ, I would've beaten the crap out of you!"

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    ^ There's still a local Scientology office. It's on 97 St north of 102 Ave.
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    ^^ That would have been in the 1980's when they were on Whyte. I recall when they used to be not far from Freemasons Hall in the 1970's just behind it. It's a parking lot now I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    ^^ That would have been in the 1980's when they were on Whyte. I recall when they used to be not far from Freemasons Hall in the 1970's just behind it. It's a parking lot now I believe.
    Between their time on Whyte and 97th St, they had a couple of locations around 112th Street, just north of Jasper.

    I wonder if their downtown offices were cheaper or more expensive than their one on Whyte. I think the downtown ones had more space, but I'd guess that the heart of Old Strathcona would be a more sought-after location.

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    ^ Yes, your right. I think I took one of their "personality courses." When I was paired up with one of their other unsuspecting victims. I tried to keep an open mind but when we were instructed to play around with plasticine figures, that's when I got out. I believe they were across the street from The Bay at that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by microbus View Post
    I remember the old public washrooms by the old Met
    store at 101 st/101A ave. You had to go down about
    25 steps to get to them, but they were rather popular
    WOW - I remember those - weren't they also PAY toilets? I remember as a kid going under the door so as not to pay! Ten cents!

    I also remember bus fare at 15 cents and then when they raised it to 25 cents we were appalled!!!

    McCauley Plaza - underground mall was such a novelty!

    My brothers would sneak into the exhibition/klondike days - one time I think it was Danny Holler a local kid was caught and it made the news in the journal!! They used to have the conklin bros? Early 70's.

    There use to be a red and white sign you could place in your window if a kid was in trouble it was a "safe" house to go to - cant remember the NAME of that program!!!

    Grade 3 I won an art contest across the city and each kid from each school was awarded a klondike dollar from klondike Kate during the ceremoies downtown, streets were closed off to traffic - I still have that Klondike dollar coin!

    Bands actually played in the band dome in Borden Park.

    Used to be an A&W where concordia college is on 112 ave by the bellevue hall. Could go there on halloween and get a free rootbeer.

    WW Arcade was THEE hardware store....on Jasper and 97th.

    AGT building was the tallest and you could go up there and see the city!!! so cool as a kid.

    97 street downtown was skid row.

    I remember when there was no remand center there.

    I remember the postal strike was that early 80's? and the LONG beer strike before that and we all drank american ****. Millers I think it was. ugh.

    The parades downtown after all the cup wins. So awesome.

    Any ladies on here remember dici bras? LOL, the jingle was it was dici or nothing? It came in a small box - it was the only bra ever to be wearing.

    The Bay downtown had the best christmas window displays ever. I can still see them in my mind, it was so cold going store to store to xmas shop!!

    Getting my teacup read by Jeannie at the Silk Hat as a teen. Pushing the buttons on the tabletop jukebox. Long before My mother took me there as a small kid and had HER teacup read too - was SO sad to see it go. Truly an icon.

    Field trips to the dairy and getting an ice cream cup at the end.

    Milk delivery to the house. Pop top lid glass bottles. I still have one that my mom saved. It took ALL you had as a kid to be out in the summer holidays bright and early and see money outside with the empty milk bottles door after door and NOT take it and runnnnnnnn!!!! I still remember oh do I.

    People drank and drove ALL the time. No seatbelts. Kid rode in the front. Or in the back of pickups.

    There is a Balloon & Bears store in Beverly that used to be the liquer store, as teens we would stand outside and ask someone going in to get us a case of beer! $4.95 for a case. And they would. We would go to someones house and play caps.

    I remember the roller drome, and it had a metal plate on the floor that rattled your teeth everytime you circled around and rolled over it!!!

    Soccer City.
    The Cave.
    The Tiki Tiki (went there on my 15th birthday and the Don Ho fella made me dance with him on stage as he sang you are the sunshine of my life and I died a thousand deaths of pure embarrassment spotlight on us etc ARGH)
    The Lydo was dog food at best - only drunk could you eat that sh*t.
    Chicken on the Way had crappy chicken but awesome corn fritters and they drove to your house and cooked in the camper!!

    I too longed to be one of Dean Martin's dancers. SWOOOON.

    Channels 3, 5 and 11 (french).

    Your mom would send you to the store for smokes.

    The 7-11 on 118 ave by Eastglen had wood shelves. And mojos were 5 for a penny.

    We use to chase cars with hand lettered cardboard signs that they could park in our driveway for a dollar during Klondike days and that was the money our mom would let us go to the fair with.

    My brothers used to sneak the dead batteries out of the yard at the back of Rocky's Battery and come around the front and resell them baclk to Rocky's!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Born & Raised Edmonton View Post
    There use to be a red and white sign you could place in your window if a kid was in trouble it was a "safe" house to go to - cant remember the NAME of that program!!!
    Block Parents. According to wikipedia, they still exist, but seem to be in decline.

    My parents were Block Parents for a short period. I can't remember when exactly you stopped seeing the signs in Edmonton.
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    "The Tiki Tiki (went there on my 15th birthday and the Don Ho fella made me dance with him on stage as he sang you are the sunshine of my life and I died a thousand deaths of pure embarrassment spotlight on us etc ARGH)"

    I would have had a similar experience when I went there, except that I refused to go on stage when the tiki-tiki girls came over to my table to get me. I really detest that audience- participation stuff.

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    Thank you overoceans! Block Parents! That was it!! As a kid I had to use one of those houses! An older boy 16 - 17? Chased me and threatened me and I ran right into a ladies house! I begged her to call my dad - the day was saved by that program. For me anyway.

    The Tiki Tiki however I was not yet the woman I am now with a brass set - so I was too intimidated and went along with it - I also abhor audience participation. Avoid it at all costs.

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    I don't remember the Cave, as Born and Raised does, but I remember the awesome Korean restaurant that was in there afterwards.

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    My brother used to go to the Cave they had a restaurant in the front and the back had a small arcade. Looked exactlyt like you would think it would on the inside! Pizza if I remember was the basic menu. Behind it was Soccer city a complete arcade, were we spent hours playing foosball, and playing the juke, hits at the time LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN, and Foreigners COLD AS ICE.
    Soccer city is now some type of ethnic market.....right beside the Ukranian Greek Orthodox Church.
    Safeway remains closed and houses the occasional flea market. Those mobile blanket sellers set up on the av e in fron. They demolished the little Highlands library to make way for a bigger better one, almost got my first kiss there! And the temporary library is set up in the cave bdlg LOL!

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    I remember when Eaton's The Bay and Woodward's would have wonderful displays in their windows as Christmas season approached, Also, as a kid, the arrival of the Eaton's Christmas catalog was one of the most anticipated events of the year.
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    Does anyone remember the dive hotel beside the A&W on 109th?
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    I used to love getting the catalogs from the big stores like Eaton's and Consumers Distributing

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    It was the woman who spoke in monotone. Back when I went to the Odeon Theatre to watch Star Wars, we (my older bro and sis) always encountered them outside the old Bank of Montreal building on Jasper and 101st.

    She was known as the "Robot Lady" because of the way she talked to passerby's. The last few times I saw her she was very pregnant. We figured Old Jim knocked her up.
    Old Jim was actually a guy named Frank Cybuluk(sp). He used to do a mantra that said "May I offer you a testimonial of what Jesus done?"

    It is rumored that he was the father of his sidekick's miracle birth.
    They used to eat at the Corner House Cafeteria in the basement of the McDougal & Secord building on 1st and Jasper. Grace would last till the last person turned their head away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dawg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
    It was the woman who spoke in monotone. Back when I went to the Odeon Theatre to watch Star Wars, we (my older bro and sis) always encountered them outside the old Bank of Montreal building on Jasper and 101st.

    She was known as the "Robot Lady" because of the way she talked to passerby's. The last few times I saw her she was very pregnant. We figured Old Jim knocked her up.
    Old Jim was actually a guy named Frank Cybuluk(sp). He used to do a mantra that said "May I offer you a testimonial of what Jesus done?"

    It is rumored that he was the father of his sidekick's miracle birth.
    They used to eat at the Corner House Cafeteria in the basement of the McDougal & Secord building on 1st and Jasper. Grace would last till the last person turned their head away.
    OMG Do I remember those two.....! They also "worked" the corner across on the corner with the CIBC. A Cylon had a nicer sounding voice than she did!.

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    That woman sounded like a robot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat View Post
    That woman sounded like a robot.
    Yes, and Frank never seemed to be directing his comments at anyone in particular, just shouting randomly to no one.

    Mind you, I'm told he would sometimes zero in on women passing by(as in AShetsen's recollections), so maybe I was the wrong gender to get the full in-your-face sales pitch.

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    Anyone remember when Buckminster Fuller suggested building a geodesic dome over Edmonton?

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=3328,5684926

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    I remember before automation took over radio,and on Christmas morning kids used to phone in and tell what they got from Santa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryH View Post
    Anyone remember when Buckminster Fuller suggested building a geodesic dome over Edmonton?

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=3328,5684926
    This sounds like a topic Bill & Bill would have loved to tackle on their radio show at the time but I don't remember hearing about this.
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    I think it was brought up at a conference on October 17, 1978:

    "BF at Symposium '78 Sponsored by the College of Clinical Social Work of Alberta, (Edmonton, Alberta) including dialogue between BF and Alex Haley. duplicate copies [1 of 3]1978 Oct . 17"

    http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark...position=20001

    I recall hearing about that on the radio, although I thought it was in 1980. Not sure if that was the only mention of it in 1978. I tried looking for the Journal for the 18th or 19th but Google doesn't have those issues and there was nothing mentioned in the October 21st issue. The Ottawa Citizen issue seems to be the only thing that mentions it. Any entries I tried finding using: "buckminster fuller" "geodesic dome" "edmonton" - refers to other domes he designed with unrelated mentions of Edmonton.

    I believe this was the symposium: http://www.worldcat.org/title/sympos...oclc/461630307
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    I took my driving lessons when there was still a shantytown in Rossdale next to the brickyard, and my driving instructor made a point of having us go through there.

    Rossdale was a strange beast, four-fifths into the twentieth century. Gravel roads still, tar-paper shanties, winding alleys on the hills (I don't mean the streets still there today)... It looked straight out of the nineteen thirties.

    Later in the eighties and early nineties I'd wander through it and watch as year by year it became more and more gentrified. The last time I went through, maybe five or seven years ago, even the territory of the old brickyard had been redeveloped with upscale condos.

    But this city-maintained web page has the background and also aerial images of what I saw from the ground both before and during the great renovation.

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    I don't think the Grierson Hill Driving range has been mentioned on this thread.
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    Default I remember waking up to Wes Montgomery

    Good morning, Good Morning, its a Wes Montgomery Morning.. Here to wake you with a smile to get you up on time.

    I think it was on CHED.

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    Does anyone on this thread remember a run down rooming house/hotel that was on 109th street just down from where Swiss Chalet is now? I can't recall the name. This would be about 1979. Anybody know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mstoetz1 View Post
    Good morning, Good Morning, its a Wes Montgomery Morning.. Here to wake you with a smile to get you up on time.

    I think it was on CHED.
    I think you're right. And Bob Layton was on CHED in those days.

    Might have mentioned this already, but I recall Eddie Keen doing an editorial on the morning show, about a local school principal who was a little too enthusiastic about spanking his students. Keen basically accused the guy of being a pervert who got off on hitting girls' bottoms. I remember thinking "Gee, I really hope that accusation is true, or Keen's just ruined the guy's life."

    In those days, CHED was something that my fortysomething parents considered to be insufferably hard rock, but was regarded by anyone my own age as irredeemably square. I don't think the FM dial really existed for my parents, so CHED was about as hard as it got for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstoetz1 View Post
    Good morning, Good Morning, its a Wes Montgomery Morning.. Here to wake you with a smile to get you up on time.

    I think it was on CHED.
    Yes Wes was the morning guy on "630 CHED" back then, Edmonton's dominant AM pop/rock station decades ago. Wes lived 5 doors down from us when I was growing up.

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    When I was working at Shaw Cable 10 I would work with Wes & Hec Gervais doing curling coverage every Wednesday from The Ottewell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat View Post
    That was my second winter in Edmonton. It think it is worth noting these temperatures are in Fahrenheit. So 0^F = -18^C so the warmest it got was -21^C
    I remember waiting for the bus in the ice fog that enveloped the city and hearing it coming like it was only a few hundred feet away. Truth was it was blocks away but the sound travelled so well in the cold it was deceiving.
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    ^ We've had colder weather then that since I've been here in 1978. We used to think -16 was warm. According to your char the only real "cold days" look like January 27th-January 30th. otherwise that seems like a mild month in January. Hardly cold at all.
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    ^You must be one of those 60 year old Swedes that can go from a sauna into ice cold lake water, through a hole in the ice, just to cool off. The warmest temperature on that list was -6F (-21C).

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    And the coldest on "your list" was -23, yawn. I remember ice fog in the middle of the day in 1996, Edmonton. -6C is balmy for Edmonton winters. I think we might have had maybe 6 days last year that got as high as -25 in the middle of the day. Your right about 1 thing though, I'm 61!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    And the coldest on "your list" was -23, yawn. I remember ice fog in the middle of the day in 1996, Edmonton. -6C is balmy for Edmonton winters. I think we might have had maybe 6 days last year that got as high as -25 in the middle of the day. Your right about 1 thing though, I'm 61!.
    Not so 'yawn' if you convert 1969 Fahrenheit to 2013 Celsius temps. And remember this doesn't even include the windchill values that current-day media use to make our weather sound as cold as it was in the olden days.

    Jan. 7: H -21 L -26
    Jan. 8: H -24 L -29
    Jan. 9: H -28 L -32
    Jan. 10: H -27 L -31
    Jan. 11: H -26 L -31
    Jan. 12: H -28 L -32
    Jan. 13: H -23 L -31
    Jan. 14: H -24 L -28
    Jan. 15: H -25 L -29
    Jan. 16: H -24 L -32
    Jan. 17: H -23 L -27
    Jan. 18: H -25 L -30
    Jan. 19: H -27 L -30
    Jan. 20: H -27 L -35
    Jan. 21: H -26 L -35
    Jan. 22: H -27 L -37
    Jan. 23: H -25 L -34
    Jan. 24: H -21 L -35
    Jan. 25: H -23 L -28
    Jan. 26: H -26 L -32
    Jan. 27: H -30 L -33
    Jan. 28: H -29 L -35
    Jan. 29: H -31 L -35
    Jan. 30: H -30 L -39
    Jan. 31: H -24 L -34
    Feb. 1: H -23 L -29

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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    And the coldest on "your list" was -23, yawn. I remember ice fog in the middle of the day in 1996, Edmonton. -6C is balmy for Edmonton winters. I think we might have had maybe 6 days last year that got as high as -25 in the middle of the day. Your right about 1 thing though, I'm 61!.
    -6 Celsius is +21 Fahrenheit and, yes, it is quite balmy. I wish all winter was like that. -6 Fahrenheit is -21 Celsius. Somewhat nippy unless it's clear and sunny with no wind.

    Unfortunately, Environment Canada doesn't have the daily conditions earlier than 2005, and Camrose was the closest place on their list (which does go back to 1946). There, January 1950 was pretty cold and miserable. But most of the years up to 1969 had mild Januarys, with some short cold snaps. In 1969, they had the same cold snap from Jan. 7th to Feb. 1st, in which the temperature didn't get above -20.6 Celsius, and that was on the 7th. As well, I think the reason that that cold snap stood out for people was that it was below the magic mark of zero. If one of those days had crossed above zero, the Journal probably wouldn't have printed that certificate.

    http://climate.weather.gc.ca/advance...lRowPerPage=25

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    LOL, I'm thinking Celsius, sorry about that. I was 18 when that happened and it caused a lot of confusion. Still Terry those are some cold temps. We don't get that cold anymore it could be El Nenio or whatever its called. My apologies.
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    No wonder you're confused, it's all those watts per square meter of wind that you've been a victim of ................... I am so chilled
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    Boy that certificate brings back the memories, remember that I got one. I was in grade 11 at Vic Comp when it was a real high school. I lived on 111 Ave X 113 st and had to bus it to school every morning damn near froze to death. When I was a kid in the 60s I remember dad who was from Germany always bought his meat from a grocer/butcher shop called Crooks on 114 x 95 st The building is still there(I think) Mr Crook was German and him and dad used to talk for what seemed for hours in German of coarse. The store had sawdust on the floor and a smell I have yet to smell. Dad used to buy a huge ring of garlic sausage and blood sausage. He would fry up the sausage and we would cover it in mustard and watch Stampede Wrestling. remember mom could not stand the smell and we had the living room to ourselves as long as the sausage held out.

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    This is a wonderful thread!

    I first lived in Edmonton from late 1969-late 1972, mid-1981-mid 2009, and now returning in 2014.

    What I remember:

    - Having kindergarten in Highlands United Church with Mrs. Oluk.
    - Taking the bus downtown with my mom to see Mary Poppins or something along those lines.
    - Going to Hobbits in the Revillon Building in the early 80s. Then Jim Owens left and started his own store, Starbase 12, where I worked for awhile (by the Brick). Darrell and two other guys started Warp 1 upstairs then left in the middle of the night to a new location.
    - Kelly's Records at the Revillon Building and Londonderry Mall.
    - Working at the Boston Pizza by NAIT and tricking new waiters and waitresses by ordering a pizza that didn't exist (the #13 I think).
    - Standing in line for Return of the Jedi at the Westmount Theatre.
    - Sneaking into R-rated films once paying for a ticket at the Cineplex downtown.
    - Sneaking pop and popcorn my buddy's mom made into the theatres.
    - Denny Andrew's American Bar, Goose Looneys, The Greenhouse...
    - Listening to a cassette tape of the movie, not the soundtrack, for Star Wars.
    - The Iron Bridge Restaurant, Runway 29 (best, messiest, burgers!)


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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigmog View Post
    - Going to Hobbits in the Revillon Building in the early 80s.
    I think it was in the late 70s, there used to be a store in the downstaris of the Revillon called Cargo, where they sold odd knicknacks and stuff. In the basement, I think, maybe the same space that later had the Hobbit.

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    Hobbits was originally on 106th south of Jasper. Moved to Revillon in the early 80's. Finally, it moved to 101 St just north of Jasper.

    Also, Jim Owens was never an employee, just a good customer.

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    I remember
    - when it was CFRN and John Berry was the weatherman, he did a live report from my school.
    - Bill Matheson on ITV and his pointer stick
    - The vote on the municipal airport
    - Calgary Trail North
    - The Capilano
    - John Duecy Park
    - Northlands Coliseum, Skyreach Centre
    - High floor ETS busses then the first low floor ones, they were white too
    - Power 92 plays todays best music now show me my money
    - The original Fire Station 24 was at the muni
    - The old fire stations 10 and 11
    - When administration tried to merge Edmonton Fire and EMS
    - Yellow and white police cars, then white with just a blue stripe
    - When 102 and 103 aves were one way downtown
    - Bulwinkes on ft road
    - 50th and yellowhead being a level intersection
    - The Grant Moleman bridge being built


    I'm only 27 so I don't have way back when memories but thats a few things I remember.
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    I remember the old yellow & white police units. I still remember back in the 60s when the police units were multi coloured, basically factory paint jobs just add police equipment. In 68 they made a cream yellow colour a uniform colour the brighter yellow with white front doors came in vogue in 75, the white with blue stripes came in 92. I moved from Edmonto back in 72. I remember the old #5 fire hall on 101 st but I don,t remember #10-11. Where were they located?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigmog View Post
    Going to Hobbits in the Revillon Building in the early 80s. Then Jim Owens left and started his own store, Starbase 12, where I worked for awhile (by the Brick). Darrell and two other guys started Warp 1 upstairs then left in the middle of the night to a new location.
    Is this the same Darryl from Warp One who had that now-infamous customer service fail with Nathan Fillion?
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    ^ His name is Darryl Minty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    Hobbits was originally on 106th south of Jasper. Moved to Revillon in the early 80's. Finally, it moved to 101 St just north of Jasper.

    Also, Jim Owens was never an employee, just a good customer.
    Hobbits Fantasy Shoppe was owned by Carman Madu (spelling?) and Bruce Thompson. My first time in the store would have been August 1978. They also had another side business called "Little Wars," near the back of the building on the same floor, catering to the wargaming community. I bought many issues of The General and S&T magazines there. They were first in the Embers building upstairs beside Marvel Hair College. The Embers was a jazz club in the 1950's as Tommy Banks was a house band there. Why Hobbits had to vacate the Embers is still unknown to me. I read somewhere it was burnt down shortly after Hobbits moved out. I was with the SCA at the time in the Embers location, hanging around Larry Southerland and Richard Lord in those days. Hobbits moved out in late 1980 to the basement of the Revlon building, then they moved to 101st street and closed their doors in late 1985. I remember Derek and Wes as 2 employees there but vaguely recall Jim Owens. After Hobbits there was Dark Star Comics across the street from Army & Navy on 104th before Warp 1 kind of shut them down. Dark Star comics height was about 1982. After Dark Star was Adventure Gaming Supplies in sandy lane shopping mall beside Peoples Church. They closed their doors in 1995.
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    I started working there on the 106th st location. We moved because we needed the room. Video was just beginning to move into the home field and we had a huge collection of movies that had been recorded off of satellite. Yup, this was before actual VHS/Beta releases.

    The move to 101 st was because the 104th st location was just too far off the beaten path. (Remember, this was the 80's.).

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    Going to Hobbits in the Revillon Building in the early 80s. Then Jim Owens left and started his own store, Starbase 12, where I worked for awhile (by the Brick). Darrell and two other guys started Warp 1 upstairs then left in the middle of the night to a new location.
    Is this the same Darryl from Warp One who had that now-infamous customer service fail with Nathan Fillion?
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    ^ His name is Darryl Minty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcharlesmillar View Post
    I remember the old yellow & white police units. I still remember back in the 60s when the police units were multi coloured, basically factory paint jobs just add police equipment. In 68 they made a cream yellow colour a uniform colour the brighter yellow with white front doors came in vogue in 75, the white with blue stripes came in 92. I moved from Edmonto back in 72. I remember the old #5 fire hall on 101 st but I don,t remember #10-11. Where were they located?
    10 was at the same place that the current 10 is at. They moved pump 10 to station 5 and tore down the old building. When they new one opened Pump 10 moved back, Ladder 8 moved and became Ladder 10 and HazMat moved from station 2 downtown to station 10

    11 was on 101 ave and 68ish street. It is now just an empty field, only clue that there was ever a firehall there is the ramp on the sidewalk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    I started working there on the 106th st location. We moved because we needed the room. Video was just beginning to move into the home field and we had a huge collection of movies that had been recorded off of satellite. Yup, this was before actual VHS/Beta releases.

    The move to 101 st was because the 104th st location was just too far off the beaten path. (Remember, this was the 80's.).
    I remember Carmin playing with one of the new vcr's when it came out shortly before the Revlon move. He was always into radio shows etc. While I was working in the Great West Saddlery building behind the old Henrey Singer location on the corner, as we were moving I came across some large vinyl records. They were behind some wall woodwork I hadn't noticed before. These records were larger then even the 78's. They were 2 recordings of The Shadow. I asked my boss at the time if I could have them, he said ok. I gave them to Carmin after work. I think they were original recordings. Those were good times at the old Hobbit shoppe. I thought you'd appreciate the anecdote
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    Quote Originally Posted by etownff View Post
    - When 102 and 103 aves were one way downtown


    Top_Dawg remembers when this was first changed.

    A young Top_Dawg driving home completely FUBAR'd at three in the morning.

    Total confusion.

    And then they change it back to two-way.

    More confusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryH View Post
    The Journal had a summer treasure hunting contest that ran for a few years. Something was hidden somewhere in Edmonton and clues were published every week. The clues were mostly drawings but I think there were also text clues as well. Can't remember what the treasures were but they must have been worth looking for.
    Clues were published every day until the treasure was found. Many many red herrings in the pictures to throw people off the scent. Two final locations were the pond at Rundle Park and the Riverdale skating rink. I remember those because in both cases by father and I guessed the locations for each.

    I think it's time to delve into the archives to pull the clues (which I think were drawn by Yardley Jones) and the article that always ran at the end of the contest explaining each clue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etownff View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cmcharlesmillar View Post
    I remember the old yellow & white police units. I still remember back in the 60s when the police units were multi coloured, basically factory paint jobs just add police equipment. In 68 they made a cream yellow colour a uniform colour the brighter yellow with white front doors came in vogue in 75, the white with blue stripes came in 92. I moved from Edmonto back in 72. I remember the old #5 fire hall on 101 st but I don,t remember #10-11. Where were they located?
    10 was at the same place that the current 10 is at. They moved pump 10 to station 5 and tore down the old building. When they new one opened Pump 10 moved back, Ladder 8 moved and became Ladder 10 and HazMat moved from station 2 downtown to station 10

    11 was on 101 ave and 68ish street. It is now just an empty field, only clue that there was ever a firehall there is the ramp on the sidewalk.
    11 has now moved to the traffic island between Terrace Road an 98 Av, not far from the previous location. As I understand it, this was to allow engines to make pull-through moves.

    There has been talk of the Capilano Library moving out of the 2nd floor of Capilano Mall to a new building on the site of the previous station 11, but this keeps being put off.

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