March 25th, 1977 — A large rabbit in the driveway of Fran Dowie’s house in Richmond. The bunny was to be shipped to Toronto for display in a hotel.
From my archives
Circa 1969 — The biggest name and easily the greatest drag racer of all time, Don Garlits also known as “Big Daddy”, stands next to his his AA fuel dragster “Swamp Rat” while examining the starting area of Edmonton Speedway before taking a practice run. He was touring Canada and the northern US with Jerry Ruth who he raced in a series of match races at any track that would pay them to show up. It was a way to make some extra money in between the big national races in the states. It’s not a great picture except for the details such as the beater pickup that was his push/tow truck and the fact he’s alone. I don’t remember him even having a mechanic with him at the track which would have been useful as, if I again remember correctly, Garlits blew up in the first race and had to rebuild the engine himself which he barely managed in time for the second round, which he lost.
Circa 1977 — The intermission entertainment at the North American bodybuilding championships held in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was a contestant lifting the rear of a small car and holding it until a woman finished changing a wheel.
May 29th, 1976 — Jack Shadbolt in his studio at his home in Burnaby.
June 16th, 1976 — So just what was going here in this picture? Maureen McTeer was campaigning with her husband Joe Clark then leader of the Conservative Party of Canada at a Tory gathering in the VanDusen Gardens and this man seems to be almost assaulting her. It’s a disturbing picture in so many ways. It never ran in the paper — I don’t even think it was printed until yesterday when I noticed it while going through my archives — possibly it was just one of those pictures that was interesting but not true to the story, or maybe it was something simple like the man refusing to give his name. McTeer, however, wasn’t liked by Tories because she not only kept her name but also her career and maybe that’s what he was telling her.
October 5th, 1974 — Boat being paddled into its dock at Lynwood Marina in North Vancouver.
Published March 22nd, 1977 — Body builder Lenny Marriott working out at a gym on East Broadway in Vancouver. More pictures from this story which ran as a full page spread in the Vancouver Province can be found HERE or by clicking on the picture.
September 5th, 1974 — A street made from wood blocks breaking up in the 100 block of Dunlevy. This quote is from the Scoutmagazine.ca website on January 2016: “Wood blocks were likely chosen as an economical way to originally ‘pave’ city streets since timber was in plentiful supply in and around Vancouver…. The ones that are visible on Dunlevy St. are over 100 years old and likely were installed at some point between 1891 and 1914.” Another thing to notice in this picture is in the bottom right hand corner, my foot, one of hazards of taking pictures with a fisheye lens.
July 23rd, 1976 — Jack Bexall worked 43 years at Centennial Pier as a longshoreman and probably made enough money to buy a house in east Vancouver or Burnaby and retired on July 23rd, 1976 with a pension. The good old days.
July 10th, 1976 — Vancouver firefighters compete in a tug of war contest on English Bay beach as part of the Vancouver Sea Festival.