Category: Entertainment

Stunt man

June 22nd, 1973 — A stunt man chased by a dummy crashes through a door on the 5th story of the old Eatons building on Hastings Street and finds there is nothing beneath his feet but air. He hangs on to the door handle while the dummy falls to the ground. From the movie Catherina.

Updated: October 1, 2019 — 8:14 pm

Tommy Banks

February 1976 — Tommy Banks rehearsing with Milton Berle at Vancouver’s Cave Supper Club for a TV show in 1976. The a renowned Edmonton jazz pianist and former senator, died yesterday at the age of 81.

Updated: January 27, 2018 — 11:00 am

Belly Flop Contest

1979 Belly Flop Championship

Circa 1979 — The World Belly Flop and Cannonball Diving Championship was the creation of legendary Vancouver publicist Tom Butler and grew from a stunt to promote the Bayshore Inn hotel in Vancouver to becoming an event all it’s own attracting three or four thousand spectators, entrants from Fiji and Japan plus celebrity judges such as Billy Carter (brother of then US President Jimmy Carter) and coverage from NBC television. This picture is from the Coach House Inn in North Vancouver. It was unusual to jump from a balloon, possibly not even within the rules, as most jumped from a spring diving board. I have no idea who the flopper is or if he won.

Updated: April 6, 2014 — 2:27 am