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Mr. Blaylock and the Smokies – A Memoir

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August 25, 2015
Mr. Blaylock and the Smokies – A Memoir

John D’Arcangelo, a former teacher and long-time resident of Trail, B.C., has thoughtfully included one of my childhood memories in his recently published book A Time to Remember. My short entry recounts my dad Mike Verzuh’s recollection of a hockey game in which Cominco president S.G. Blaylock intervened to ensure that the game would go on. The book,...
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A Cold Spring in Paris – Travel Essays

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March 29, 2015

Sometime in the early 2000, my daughter Alex and I travelled to Paris from Neuchatel, Switzerland, where she was studying to complete her high school diploma. I had been to Paris three or four times before, but she had not visited. For three days we roamed the great city, seeing the grand sites, searching...
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Hollywood Turncoat – A Memoir

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March 28, 2015
Hollywood Turncoat – A Memoir

Edward Dmytryk, the 1940s Hollywood movie director, was both famous and infamous in his time but few people may know that he has a Boundary region connection. The one-time Hollywood Ten member was born into a poor Ukrainian Catholic family in Grand Forks, B.C., on 4 September 1908. Not only did this vital statistic...
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Peoples in Between – A history essay

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March 28, 2011
Peoples in Between – A history essay

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Francisus Verzuh crossed the line from Montana into Canada apparently without being noticed by the authorities that had policed the borderlands regions along the forty-ninth parallel separating the United States and Canada since the mid-1870s. By earlier standards, this was a quiet crossing. There were no United...
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Go Smokies Go – A hockey legend

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March 16, 2011
Go Smokies Go – A hockey legend

Shivers went through me as I watched Norm Lenardon score the fifth and final goal to clinch the world amateur hockey championships for the Trail Smoke Eaters. I could feel a tear forming as I re-listened to a CD of the voice of CFRB Toronto’s Bill Stevenson calling the game on the radio from...
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I was a Burt Reynolds look-a-like

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February 23, 2011
I was a Burt Reynolds look-a-like

On Friday, April 14, 2004, I finally got my 15 seconds of fame just like Andy Warhol promised. It all started outside Mann’s (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre along Hollywood Blvd. when a young man came up behind me as I was trying to fit my hands into those of Humphrey Bogart.
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The all-powerful Mr. B. – A memoir

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February 23, 2011
The all-powerful Mr. B. – A memoir

We grew up hearing stories, true and apocryphal, about the larger-than-life CM&S (Cominco) Company president Selwyn G. Blaylock. One of those stories had to do with the world-famous Trail Smoke Eaters and a particular game that almost didn’t get played. But first some remembrances of Mr. Blaylock. Dad would recall the time that one...
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Moral support and a 62-lb squash

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January 9, 2011
Moral support and a 62-lb squash

Dad had taken a miss the past two years of the district fall fair vegetable-growing competition – squash category. Always a green thumb and always a solid competitor, he had been discouraged when his 41-pound giant won a blue-ribbon second prize, forfeiting the red-ribbon first prize to a smaller but apparently better squash.
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Books

Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh