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Prince Albert Tales

Morley Harrison

‘Thank you: Dr. Fleming - Tommy - and Buster’

Pain, pain, and more pain. That’s what I remember. I was five years old, and I had earache after earache. Our house was small, my bed had been moved to the living room so that my crying would not keep my siblings awake. I remember hot poultices placed on my ear to try to ease the pain. Days were missed at school - that should have meant fun for me - but it sure was not.

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‘When did Anne of Green Gables visit Prince Albert?’

A few years ago I was visiting the Prince Albert Downtown Improvement Office, just off Central Avenue on 11th Street West. Jane Remenda was the Executive Administer of the office at that time. I told Jane I was trying to think of an idea for an historical skit to be performed the day of the Street Fair. Jane said she had  witnessed a unique situation that morning. A woman was kneeling alongside the building scraping bits of gravel into small sample bottles. A  bewildered Jane inquired if she could be of assistance. 

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‘Whipper Billy Watson’

As a young teenager I remember making my way to the Regina Auditorium in that city’s west end. My brother and I would arrive early for the fights - the Pro Wrestling Fights.  We were early in hopes of seeing one of the ‘massive’ wrestlers arrive - wrestlers like Lou Thesz, World Campion, Saskatchewan’s Earl McCready, by far the favorite with the Regina fans, and fellow Canadian great Whipper Billy Watson. Watson held the World Championship Belt twice in his career. My brother and I saw Watson and Thesz square off for the belt twice. Both time it ended in a tie. Those matches were not the show and gimmicks of today. 

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‘Walk It - Run It - Wheelchair It’

26 miles and 365 yards. In the fall of 490 B.C. Pheidippides, a Greek messenger, ran that distance from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens. Bursting into the Athenian Assembly, he called out - “We have won!” and died of exhaustion.

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‘School’

This past July, I was standing in front of a class of elementary school kids. At school in July?  That was strange enough - but this was even stranger - it was in Australia - and we, Fay and I, are retired.

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