February 22nd, 1978 — The current production of King Lear playing at Bard on the Beach contains some very realistic sword fighting. The actors involved probably were trained at the Paddy Crean Workshop in Banff which is named after the man above, Patrick Crean, aka Paddy Crean, who I photographed in 1978 giving a fencing lesson to actors in a Vancouver Playhouse Theatre production. Crean was a British actor and one of the most influential figures in the art of modern stage combat. He worked with actors like Paul Scofield, Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Alec Guinness, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Errol Flynn, all now dead and probably unknown to most readers of this blog but believe me, once they were very big names. Are those wine bottles on the piano? The title of his autobiography is “More Champagne, Darling” so probably they are.
December 26th, 1974 — Edith Harley with her dog in front of the apartment in Vancouver near Robson and Thurlow she was evicted from Christmas 1974.
March 15th, 1974 — Sidney Claridge after his last run as engineer on the CP Rail passenger train, The Canadian. Newspapers once published a lot of ordinary pictures like this although Sidney Claridge wasn’t just anybody, he was the father of Pat Claridge, a local football hero with the BC Lions. The picture was taken near the round house in False Creek now the site of multi story condominiums.
March 30th, 1974 — Antony Holland as the coach in “That Championship Season” at the Arts Club Theatre. On July 1st it was announced the 94 year old Holland would receive the Order of Canada. Also in the picture are left to right, Des Smiley, Lloyd Berry, Holland, Ian White.
March 22nd 1974 — Rupert Harris had been taking wood from White Rock Beach to burn in his fireplace since 1924 when I stumbled upon him while looking for pictures on a slow news day in March. There was no real story but reporter Nicole Parton (then Strickland) thought Rupert was worth a try for an interview so drove out and sat with him beside a roaring spitting fire in his house, drinking tea, eating oatmeal cookies, asking questions. She didn’t find out much, not even his age, only that he takes a sixth of a cord at a time and the hard work of cutting and splitting the wood “keeps the doctor away”. Four pictures ran on the front page of the Province’s lifestyles section. The dog’s name was Gyp.