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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073175
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
71
Width
108.5
Description
BLUE NYLON JACKET WITH WHITE FLANNEL LINING. RIGHT BREAST HAS YELLOW "8" APPLIED, AND LEFT BREAST HAS LOGO OF "SUNNY SOUTH BOW ISLAND RECREATION". LETTERS AND LOGO PEELING CONSIDERABLY. RIBBED CUFFS AND TRIM WITH TWO WHITE STRIPES. BACK OF JACKET HAS "LETHBRIDGE MOTORCYCLE CLUB" LOGO IN WHITE, WITH OTHER LETTERS ABOVE AND BELOW PEELED OFF. LABEL INSIDE COLLAR WITH "M/M SEXTON WINNIPEG CANADA MADE IN PHILIPPINES FABRIQUE AU PHILIPPINES". LINING SOILED AND STAINED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
FROM ESTATE OF DONOR'S PARENTS. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073175
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BASEBALL PANTS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19970073019
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL PANTS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
70.2
Width
40.8
Description
WHITE POLYESTER/NYLON PANTS WITH BLUE VERTICAL STRIPES. ELASTICIZED HEMS ON LEGS; BACK OF WAISTBAND ALSO ELASTICIZED. FIVE LARGE BELT LOOPS AT WAIST; BUTTON AND ZIPPER AT FRONT. TAG IN BACK OF PANTS READING "PRIDE ATHLETIC UNIFORMS LARGE A MEDALIST COMPANY FOND DU LAC, WI. 54935"; WASHING DIRECTIONS BELOW. ONE REAR RIGHT POCKET. CHILD'S UNIFORM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
History
DONATED TO MUSEUM BY CANADIAN LEGION; PRIOR USE/HISTORY UNKNOWN. SEE P19970073018-20-GA FOR RELATED PIECES AND P19970073001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970073019
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BASEBALL SHIRT
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1998
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19970073018
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL SHIRT
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1998
Materials
POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
56.8
Width
66
Description
WHITE POLYESTER/NYLON SHORT-SLEEVED SHIRT WITH BLUE VERTICAL PINSTRIPES. LIGHT BLUE LETTER "N" STITCHED TO LEFT FRONT CHEST AREA. BADGE SEWN TO RIGHT SLEEVE, EMBROIDERED WITH "MEMORIAM EORUM RETINEBIMUS LEGION" WITH MAPLE LEAF AND CROWN. BACK OF SHIRT HAS LIGHT BLUE NUMBERS "1 5" STITCHED AT CENTRE. TAG INSIDE COLLAR READING "PRIDE ATHLETIC UNIFORMS LARGE A MEDALIST COMPANY FOND DU LAC, WI. 54935"; WASHING INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
History
FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE CANADIAN LEGION INITIATED A CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. SPORTS INCLUDING HOCKEY, BASEBALL, AND SOCCER, BECAME THE LARGEST AREA OF SPONSORSHIP, FUNDED THROUGH REVENUE FROM THE POPPY CAMPAIGN. WHILE STILL SERVING ITS OWN MEMBERS, THE GENERAL STEWART BRANCH OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION NOW SUPPORTS A NUMBER OF AMATEUR SPORTS PROGRAMS IN THE BROADER COMMUNITY. DONATED TO MUSEUM BY CANADIAN LEGION; PRIOR USE/HISTORY UNKNOWN. SEE P19970073019-20-GA FOR RELATED PIECES AND P19970073001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970073018
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CURLING SWEATER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990029013
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CURLING SWEATER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
68.5
Description
KNIT SWEATER IS A LIGHT CREAM COLOUR. HAS STRIPES DOWN LENGTH OF ARMS AND AROUND COLLAR OF BLUE, BROWN AND GREY. ONE ARM HAS A PATCH OF AN ELK'S HEAD SEWN ON. THERE IS A PLASTIC ZIPPER IN FRONT OF SWEATER AND A TAG INSIDE NECKLINE. BACK OF SWEATER HAS 3 CRESTS. LEFT: LEGION CREST OVER TWO CROSSED CURLING BROOMS; READS "MIXED CHAMP 1982 ZONE NO 3". CENTER: 3 CONCENTRIC CIRCLES OF RED, WHITE AND BLUE, WITH A CURLING ROCK IN THE CENTER OVER TWO CROSSED CURLING BROOMS; READS "LEGION" "LETHBRIDGE". RIGHT: LEGION CREST OVER TWO CROSSED CURLING BROOMS; READS "MIXED CHAMP DIST. NO 6".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
History
LEGION SPORTS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO ENHANCE COMRADESHIP, SPORTSMANSHIP AND MEMBERSHIP. THE SPORTS PROGRAM IS COMPOSED OF TWO SEPARATE PROGRAMS - ONE FOR LEGION MEMBERS CALLED "MEMBER SPORTS" AND A PROGRAM FOR CANADIAN YOUTH CALLED "TRACK AND FIELD". THE DOMINION REGULAR CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP WAS INTRODUCED IN 1957 AND IS OPEN TO ELIGIBLE LEGION MEMBERS AS SPECIFIED IN THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. THE DOMINION SENIOR CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP WAS INTRODUCED IN 1977 AND IS OPEN TO ELIGIBLE LEGION MEMBERS. ARTIFACTS PURCHASED BY DONOR AT VARIOUS ANTIQUE SHOPS, GARAGE SALES, ETC. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DONATING TO THE MUSEUM. THIS PARTIFCULAR ARTIFACT WAS PURCHASED FROM THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE FOR $4.99. ARTIFACTS WERE PURCHASED FROM 1999 TO 2002 WHILE DONOR WAS DIRECTOR OF THE GALT MUSEUM. SEE PREVIOUS DONATIONS.
Catalogue Number
P19990029013
Acquisition Date
2002-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE BREWERY
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ACRYLIC
Catalogue Number
P20120028003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE BREWERY
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1990
Materials
ACRYLIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
77
Length
52
Width
7.5
Description
HUNTER GREEN SWEATER WITH LONG SLEEVES AND V-NECK. GOLDEN EMBROIDERY ON RIGHT BREAST SAYS, “LETHBRIDGE BREWERY.” TAG AT BACK OF COLLAR SAYS, “CORPORATE WEAR, LARGE GRAND, MADE IN/FAIT AU CANADA, CA 04948, ASTRO SPORTSWEAR TORONTO, 100% ACRYLIC.” CUFFS ARE FOLDED OVER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
BUSINESS
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT STAFF CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH DONOR LINDA LIPTAK. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW SHE CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE SWEATER, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “I WORKED IN THE BREWERY HOSPITALITY ROOM FOR 9 YEARS, AND, WHAT I BELIEVE THIS IS A SWEATER THAT CAME IN AS A PROMOTIONAL [IN THE MID 90S] (LIPTAK MISSPOKE WHEN SHE STATED MID-1990S ON ACCOUNT THAT LETHBRIDGE BREWERY WAS CLOSED AND DEMOLISHED BY 1991). YOU KNOW, WE GOT THINGS FOR BONSPIELS FOR PROMOTIONAL THINGS, AND I BELIEVE THIS WAS ONE OF THEM. NOW I’M NOT POSITIVE ABOUT THAT. THE OTHER ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE THAT THE BREWERY HAD THESE AND GAVE THEM TO EMPLOYEES…. THE BREWERY ITSELF. THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, MY BOSS, MY BOSS’ BOSS, WAS OUT OF CALGARY. WE BASICALLY WORKED OUT OF THE CALGARY OFFICE. THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY…..WE WERE LOCATED IN THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY BUT NOT REALLY PART OF IT. I WAS ALWAYS INCLUDED AND THE BREWERY DID THINGS LIKE THIS AND, SO THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A SWEATER THAT THE BREWERY ITSELF IN LETHBRIDGE HAD MADE UP. I KIND OF THINK THAT IS WHAT IT WAS BECAUSE IT’S LETHBRIDGE BREWERY. IF IT HAD COME OUT OF CALGARY, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MOLSON BUT THEY HAD THESE MADE UP FOR EMPLOYEES AND AGAIN FOR PROMOTIONAL THINGS. MY HUSBAND WORE THIS; I GOT IT FOR MY HUSBAND, AND SO I REMEMBER THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE…..THE LOGO ON IT. AND…..HE WORE IT A FEW TIMES; DIDN’T WEAR IT A WHOLE LOT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW SHE CAME TO HAVE HER POSITION AT THE BREWERY, LIPTAK SAID, “WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME JOB BECAUSE MY KIDS WERE IN SCHOOL. I HAD QUIT WORK AND STAYED HOME, MY KIDS WERE IN SCHOOL, AND I WAS LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME JOB. AND MY HUSBAND WAS IN HUMAN RESOURCES, AND ONE OF HIS FRIENDS SAID, THE BREWERY WAS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE, SO I APPLIED FOR IT, HAD AN INTERVIEW AND GOT IT. I WAS IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM THE WHOLE TIME; IT WAS A PART-TIME JOB, BUT IT WAS MOSTLY EVENINGS; IT WAS HOSTING THINGS IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM. WE HOSTED THE SHIRTSLEEVE BONSPIEL; WE HOSTED THE LADIES ANNUAL BONSPIEL; WE HOSTED THE BRONCOS, THE PREDECESSOR OF THE HURRICANES; WE HOSTED, THERE WERE UNION MEETINGS THAT WE WOULD HOST. ONE THING I REALLY REMEMBER THAT WAS QUITE NICE WAS, AT CHRISTMAS WE WOULD HAVE A CHRISTMAS SOCIAL, AND INVITE FRIENDS OF THE BREWERY. ERICKSON’S WOULD ALWAYS CATER FOR US AND THEY ALWAYS HAD GREAT BIG JUMBO SHRIMP IN A BIG BOWL. IT WAS AN AFTERNOON WHERE CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS OF THE BREWERY, WOULD COME DOWN AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON. I REMEMBER, AT ONE POINT, MY BOSS, OUT OF CALGARY, GEORGE REED, SAID “YOU’RE USING ERICKSON’S TOO MUCH. WE SELL BEER THROUGHOUT LETHBRIDGE. YOU NEED TO USE OTHER PEOPLE.” AND I SAID, ‘OH, BUT ERICKSON’S IS SO GOOD AND THEY KNOW US SO WELL.” BUT, ANYWAY, I TRIED ANOTHER OUTFIT, AND WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THEM. THEIR FOOD WAS O.K. BUT IT WASN’T ERICKSON’S. AND ERICKSON’S, THEY HAD EXCELLENT FOOD. THEY ALWAYS HAD EXTRA FOOD BACK AT THE RESTAURANT IF WE RAN OUT. THEY KNEW US. WHEN WE ORDERED SANDWICHES FOR LUNCH, MOST PLACES WOULD GIVE YOU 1 SANDWICH PER PERSON; THEY WOULD ALWAYS GIVE US 1 ½ SANDWICHES PER PERSON BECAUSE IT WAS ALL MEN LOTS OF TIMES. ANYWAY, I JUST REALLY LIKED THEM, BUT ANYWAY, I USED THIS OTHER ONE, AND WE RAN OUT OF FOOD; SO I WENT BACK TO HIM AND SAID, “I’M SORRY, GEORGE, BUT I’M GOING BACK TO ERICKSON’S. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I USED ANOTHER ONE.” AND, SO HE WAS O.K. WITH THAT. BUT, I STILL SEE PEOPLE WHO CATERED TO OUR HOSPITALITY ROOM [SNAKE ROOM] FROM ERICKSON’S, AND IT WAS WONDERFUL. …WHEN I WAS, AS I WORKED THERE LONGER, I WOULD TAKE CARE OF SOME OF THE COMPLAINTS, OR I WOULD RESPOND TO WRITTEN COMPLAINTS ABOUT BEER, SO I WAS IN THE OFFICE A LITTLE BIT MORE AND DOING MORE THINGS LIKE THAT. IT WAS INTERESTING, MY BOSS, THE TWO FELLOWS THAT I WORK WITH IN THE MARKETING PART, THEY ALWAYS SAID WHEN PEOPLE BRING BEER IN, THERE WOULD BE A FOREIGN OBJECT OF SOME KIND IN IT. AND THEY WOULD SAY, IF IT’S OPENED, PROVE THAT YOU DIDN’T PUT IT IN THERE. YOU CAN’T PROVE THAT IT WAS IN THERE IF IT’S CLOSED ITS NOT HURTING YOU ANYWAY. BUT THEY ALWAYS GOT A CASE OF BEER IF THEY BROUGHT IT IN AND BROUGHT A COMPLAINT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MEMORIES PERTAINING TO THE BREWERY, LIPTAK SAID, “I’M LDS, I DO NOT DRINK BEER, AND I DO NOT LIKE BEER. I HAD A FELLOW FROM MAGRATH WHERE I GREW UP COME IN ONE DAY AND HE SAYS ‘LINDA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN HERE?’ I SAID ‘THEY’VE GOT TO HAVE SOMEBODY SOBER TO SERVE IT!’ THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE SURPRISED THAT I WAS THERE, THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE SURPRISED THAT I WORKED THERE BUT I HAD A REALLY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH EVERYBODY AND MY HUSBAND LOVED IT. I GOT TWO CASES OF FREE BEER EVERY WEEK I THINK IT WAS OR EVERY MONTH. WE COULD GO AND BUY IT AND HAND OUR RECEIPTS IN. SO MY HUSBAND LOVED IT BECAUSE HE LOVED BEER! LIPTAK RELAYED HER FEELINGS ON FINDING OUT THAT MOLSON’S WAS CLOSING THE BREWERY BY SAYING, “I WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED. I SAID “THIS IS MY PERFECT JOB! I WAS GOING TO STAY HERE AND RETIRE HERE.” BECAUSE IT WAS A PART TIME JOB, THAT’S ALL I WANTED AND I WAS REALLY SADDENED BUT THERE WASN’T A WHOLE LOT YOU COULD DO. IN THE MEANTIME, THEY GAVE US LOTS OF NOTICE. LIKE THERE WAS NO PAYOUT AT THE END BECAUSE THEY GAVE US WHATEVER NOTICE WE HAD TO HAVE. THEY TREATED THE FULL TIME EMPLOYEES REALLY WELL. BUT THEY DIDN’T EVEN CONSIDER ME PERMANENT PART-TIME. I WAS JUST CASUAL AND SO I DIDN’T GET THE BENEFITS THAT THEY DID. A LOT OF THEM ACTUALLY WENT TO SCHOOL AND THE BREWERY PAID FOR THEM TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. SOME OF THEM RELOCATED TO CALGARY. A COUPLE OF THEM MAY HAVE RELOCATED TO EDMONTON, I’M NOT SURE BUT THEY WERE VERY FAIR WITH THE EMPLOYEES. I DIDN’T THINK THEY WERE FAIR TO ME BECAUSE I HAD BEEN THERE FOR NINE YEARS AND I WAS STILL CONSIDERED CASUAL BUT THEY GAVE US…I HAD ALL KINDS OF BENEFITS WITH MERCHANDISE YOU KNOW. IT WAS…I THOUGHT IT WAS A PERFECT JOB BECAUSE MY HUSBAND COULD BABYSIT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE PHYSICAL LOCATION OF THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, WHEN IT WAS BUILT AND HOW TO GET THERE, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “I WOULD GUESS IT WAS [BUILT] WHEN THE OFFICE BUILDING OR SHORTLY AFTER THE OFFICE BUILDING WAS BUILT. IT WAS ON THE EAST, YES AND IT WAS SOUTH OF THE RECEIVING. [I]F YOU WANTED TO GO TO THE SNAKE ROOM AND THE OFFICE YOU WOULD GO RIGHT BEFORE YOU GOT TO THE BEER STORE. THE HOSPITALITY ROOM WAS NOT PART OF THE BREWERY. IT WAS A SEPARATE OFFICE BUILDING, AND THE HOSPITALITY ROOM WAS DOWNSTAIRS IN THIS OFFICE BUILDING. IT HAD A BACK ENTRY DOOR AND YOU JUST WENT DOWN THE STAIRS AND THAT’S WHERE THE SNAKE ROOM WAS, THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, AND HE REMEMBERS GOING OVER THERE AFTER WORK. IF YOU REMEMBER, WHEN THERE WAS DRUNK DRIVING; THERE WAS A HORRIFIC ACCIDENT, AND I THINK SOMEONE CAME OUT OF ONE OF THESE SNAKE ROOMS…..IT WASN’T IN LETHBRIDGE; BUT I REMEMBER THE GOVERNMENT REALLY STEPPING DOWN ON THESE AND SAYING “THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC ROOM. IT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE.” AND SO THAT IS WHEN LINDA GODLINGTON WAS THERE…..LINDA LARSON WAS HER NAME….SHE WORKED THERE, AND SHE QUIT, AND I WENT IN. AND, SO SHE WAS THERE FOR 4-5 YEARS, AND THEN I WAS THERE FOR 9 YEARS. AND THEN IT CLOSED. THEN IT BECAME PART-TIME, AND IT BECAME ON INVITATION. I WAS TELLING YOU ABOUT THE GLASSES WE ALWAYS HAD THERE. WE HAD KEGS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, BUT WE ALWAYS HAD BOTTLED BEER DOWN THERE, BUT, WHEN IT WAS THE BONSPIELS, WE WOULD USUALLY, THEY WOULD USUALLY BRING A KEG OVER FROM THE BREWERY, AND THAT WAS WHAT I WOULD SERVE THEM; AND EVEN IN BOTTLES, WE WOULD PUT IT IN GLASSES. I REMEMBER WHEN WE HAD THE WOMEN THERE…WHEN THE MEN WERE THERE THEY WOULD SAY “THESE ARE NICE GLASSES, CAN I TAKE ONE HOME?” AND WE ALWAYS SAID, “SURE”, BECAUSE IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL. IT WAS PROMOTION. THE WOMEN WOULD COME IN….. AND THEY WOULD, SOME OF THEM WOULD COME WITH BIG PURSES, BECAUSE THE YEAR BEFORE, THEY HAD TAKEN 4 GLASSES, AND THIS YEAR THEY HAD TO HAVE AT LEAST 2 MORE TO MAKE THEIR SET UP. AND, THEY DIDN’T ASK ….THEY WOULD JUST COLLECT THE GLASSES OFF THE TABLES AND TAKE THEM HOME. AND, OF COURSE, WE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE WE’RE HOSTING THEM, AND IT WASN’T REALLY A BIG DEAL. AND BEING A WOMAN THERE, MOST OF THE EVENTS WERE MALES; THE NOON LUNCHEONS WOULD SOMETIMES HAVE A FEW FEMALES, BUT THE MEN’S BONSPIEL, THE HOCKEY, MOST OF IT WAS MEN. I WAS QUITE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT; I DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT, BUT, I DO REMEMBER THAT THE COARSEST LANGUAGE WAS WHEN THE WOMEN’S BONSPIEL WAS THERE. WHEN ASKED IF SHE COULD DESCRIBE THE HOSPITALITY ROOM ALSO KNOWN AS THE SNAKE ROOM, LIPTAK REPLIED, “FROM THE DOWNSTAIRS YOU TURN TO YOUR LEFT AND YOU WENT IN THE MAIN ROOM. DIRECTLY ON YOUR RIGHT WOULD BE THE BAR, A SMALL BAR THERE WAS A FRIDGE THERE AND A SMALL SINK AND A DRAINER THERE. IF YOU WENT TO THE LEFT YOU WOULD GO INTO THE STORAGE ROOM SO THAT WAS ALONG THERE. THERE WAS, WHAT WAS ON THAT WALL..I DON’T KNOW BUT WE HAD TABLES AND THEY WERE LOW TABLES, BIG ROUND LOW TABLES WITH CHAIRS ALONG THERE AND THEN …IF YOU WENT A LITTLE FURTHER THERE WAS A JUT TO THE LEFT AND THERE WAS A ROOM THERE WITH ANOTHER BIG TABLE THERE. THE KITCHEN WAS OPPOSITE, IF YOU KEPT GOING FROM THE BAR THE KITCHEN AREA WAS DOWN THERE AND IT HAD A BIG LONG SERVING. IT WAS A U-TYPE THING. FROM THE KITCHEN THERE WERE STAIRS THAT WENT UP AND YOU WOULD COME INTO THE FRONT ENTRY WAY OFF THE BREWERY OFFICE UPSTAIRS. BETWEEN THAT ENTRY AND THE BAR THERE WAS TWO STAIRS THAT WENT DOWNSTAIRS, WENT DOWN, AND THAT WAS A BIG ROOM LIKE THIS AND IT HAD A BIG LONG TABLE AND IT HAD CHAIRS AROUND IT. IT HAD A TV UP IN THE CORNER MOST OF THE TIME I BELIEVE, AND THERE WERE PICTURES OF YOU KNOW HISTORICAL PICTURES IN THAT ROOM. THERE WERE IT SEEMS LIKE THERE COULD HAVE BEEN PICTURES OF CELEBRITIES WHO HAD BEEN THERE BECAUSE VERY OFTEN PEOPLE THAT CAME TO TOWN BECAUSE THEY, BEFORE I WAS INVOLVED WITH THEM THEY HAD A SPORTSMAN’S BANQUETS AND THEY ALWAYS HAD A FUNCTION DOWN THERE WITH THE CELEBRITIES. THAT WAS PRIOR TO MY TIME. SO THEY HAD PICTURES OF THESE CELEBRITY SIGNED PICTURES. WHEN WE DID CELEBRATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY, AND THAT WAS A REALLY BIG SPLASH IN LETHBRIDGE, FOR THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOLSON. WE ORDERED, WE HAD ALL KINDS OF TRAYS AND GLASSES AND CLOTHES AND JUST MANY MANY THINGS.” IN REGARDS TO TOURS ENDING IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, LIPTAK SAID, “THEY DID NOT HAVE SCHEDULED TOURS OF THE BREWERY. IT WASN’T SET UP, I HAD BEEN, MY HUSBAND WAS A BEER DRINKER, WHENEVER WE WENT ON HOLIDAYS WE WOULD STOP AT BREWERIES, AND I HAVE SEEN BREWERIES WHERE THEY ARE SETUP TO SHOW PEOPLE. THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY WAS NOT SET UP TO HAVE TOURS. I GOT TO GO THROUGH IT TWO OR THREE TIMES, JUST BECAUSE I NEEDED TO KNOW, PEOPLE WOULD ASK QUESTIONS, SO THEY WANTED ME TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS. THEY WOULD TAKE INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE THROUGH OR A VERY SMALL GROUP ONCE IN A WHILE, BUT YES, AFTER THE BREWERY, AFTER THE TOUR THEY WOULD COME DOWN. PEOPLE WHO WOULD KIND OF ASK ME FOR A TOUR, WE WOULD USUALLY TAKE THEM DOWN INTO THE SNAKE ROOM AND EXPLAIN HOW WE BREWED OUR BEER, AND THEN THEY WOULD HAVE A SAMPLE. A BOTTLE, OR TWO OF THE YOU KNOW, WHATEVER BRAND THEY WOULD LIKE. IN THE PLANT ITSELF, IN THE LUNCH ROOM THERE WAS ALWAYS BEER IN THE LUNCH ROOM THAT THE GUYS COULD HAVE. THEY HAD TO; I MEAN THEY MONITORED WHAT THEY DRANK. THE BEER WAS AVAILABLE THERE. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER HUSBAND’S USE OF THE SWEATER, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “HE [AL LIPTAK] DIDN’T GET DRESSED UP A WHOLE LOT. HE RODE A MOTORCYCLE HIS WHOLE LIFE THAT’S WHY I RIDE NOW. SO BLUE JEANS AND A T-SHIRT WERE HIS APPAREL, YES. SO HE DID, I REMEMBER, LIKE IF WE WOULD GO OUT TO A SOCIAL, HE WOULD WEAR THIS, LIKE I SAID TO A BREWERY SOCIAL HE WOULD WEAR IT. BUT ONCE HE GOT INTO HARLEY’S, HE WOULD RATHER WEAR HIS HARLEY APPAREL THAN THE BREWERY. …HE DIED FIVE YEARS AGO AND WHEN I WENT THROUGH EVERYTHING, I LOOKED AT THIS AND I THOUGHT WELL MAYBE THAT I WOULD WEAR THIS SOMETIME BECAUSE HE WASN’T THAT MUCH BIGGER THAN ME. AND SO I KEPT IT. WELL, I’M MOVING TO RED DEER IN NOVEMBER AND DOWNSIZING AGAIN. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING TRANSCRIBED INTERVIEW WITH LINDA LIPTAK, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME THAT ORIGINALLY HUNG IN THE "SNAKE ROOM" AT THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY. SHE ALSO CORRELATED THIS ARTIFACT'S HISTORY WITH ANOTHER INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN WITH GUNTER HORN, FORMER BREWMASTER, ABOUT HIS MEMORIES OF THE SNAKE ROOM; SEE RECORD P20100013007 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20120028003
Acquisition Date
2012-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CHINOOK COUNTRY SHOOTERS CLUB
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
2012
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20120022000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHINOOK COUNTRY SHOOTERS CLUB
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
2012
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
80.7
Length
83.7
Width
7.8
Description
WHITE POLO STYLE SHIRT. BLACK COLLAR AND SHOULDER PANELS THAT TAPER DOWN THE FRONT. RED SLEEVES WITH BLACK CUFFS. WHITE STITCHING ALONG BOTTOM EDGE. FRONT UPPER LEFT SIDE HAS EMBROIDERED IN WHITE THREAD, “AL.” FRONT RIGHT BREAST HAS EMBROIDERED IN BLACK THREAD, “CHINOOK COUNTRY SHOOTERS CLUB” WITH LOGO THAT HAS THREE TARGETS CONNECTED BY A LINE THROUGH BULL’S-EYES. REVERSE HAS EMBROIDERED IN BLACK THREAD, “CHINOOK COUNTRY SHOOTERS CLUB LETHBRIDGE AB.” SMALL HOLE AT MID-RIGHT BACK. TAG INSIDE COLLAR AT BACK READS, “ASH CITY ® CA 15155, 100% COTTON, MADE IN CANADA BY ASH CITY, XL, MACHINE WASH SEPARATELY IN COLD WATER. ABSOLUTELY NO BLEACHING AGENTS AND IMMEDIATELY TUMBLE DRY ON LOW. DO NOT LAY FLAT TO DRY.”
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CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
LEISURE
History
ON MARCH 20, 2012 GALT STAFF CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH ALLEN FRIESEN. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A LONGER NARRATIVE. “I AM A TARGET SHOOTER AND THAT IS BASICALLY WHAT I DO FOR RECREATION, MORE SO. I DON’T REALLY COMPETE MUCH, NOW. I JUST BASICALLY DO IT FOR FUN MORE SO, AND ALSO DO SOME COACHING, AND I’VE DONE THAT FOR ABOUT 25 YEARS. YOU KNOW I JUST, IT’S JUST A LOT OF FUN TO DO, SHOOTING, AND IT IS A VERY ENJOYABLE SPORT. ONE OF THE ONES THAT WE DON’T HAVE IS THAT THERE IS NO REAL STRUCTURE FOR IT, THERE’S NO REAL NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR IT, LIKE IPSIC, WHICH IS A WORLDWIDE ASSOCIATION, BUT THERE IS NO REAL ASSOCIATION BUT OUR 3 GUN MATCHES. ON OUR RANGE THERE ARE THREE GUN MATCHES WHERE OUR COMPETITOR IN THE SAME STAGE USES RIFLE, HANDGUN AND SHOTGUN—AND THOSE ARE EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE. IT GETS YOUR BLOOD PUMPING, IT GETS VERY EXCITING AND AT THE END YOU’RE OUT OF BREATH, YOU BARELY DID ANYTHING, BUT YOU HAVE BEEN HOLDING YOUR BREATH WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN PRESSING THE TRIGGER, YOU HAVE BEEN RUNNING, YOU HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING, SO IT VERY MUCH ENGAGES YOU IN IT. SO IT’S A VERY ENGAGING SPORT, YOU CAN DO IT AT THE LEVEL THAT YOU WANT TO DO IT AT. PHYSICALLY IF YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO MOVE MUCH WELL THERE ARE SHOOTING SPORTS THAT YOU CAN DO, SET YOUR FIREARM ON THE TABLE AND DISCHARGE IT FROM THE TABLE AND YOU TRY AND SHOOT THE TIGHTEST GROUP POSSIBLE KIND OF THING. AND THAT’S GOOD, THAT’S A GREAT THING. OTHERS THAT ARE MORE ACTIVE CAN DO MORE, HAVE MORE OPTIONS IN TERMS OF THE SHOOTING SPORT. BUT THEY ARE LIFELONG SPORTS, THEY ARE THE SAFEST SPORT THERE IS AND I’M A BIG FAN. I THINK THAT IT IS GREAT. ” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS TRAINING TO BECOME A COACH, FRIESEN RESPONDED BY SAYING, “BASICALLY JUST TAKING THE COURSES REQUIRED TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE, AND THEN JUST LOTS OF PRACTICE AND LEARNING BY GOING TO LOTS OF MATCHES AND LEARNING FROM OTHER COMPETITORS. FOR SHOOTING SPORTS, IT IS REALLY INTERESTING IN THAT THE COMPETITORS ARE QUITE WILLING TO GIVE YOU TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS IN TERMS OF MAKING YOU A BETTER SHOOTER. IT’S NOT LIKE OTHER SPORTS WHERE THEY ARE HOLDING THEIR SECRET WEAPON BACK. THEY ARE GOING TO SAY, HEY HAVE YOU EVER TRIED THIS, YOU SHOULD GIVE THAT A GO. ANYWAY, IT’S A MUCH MORE OF AN OPEN TYPE OF SPORTY IN THAT REGARD.” WHEN ASKED HOW A COACH MIGHT MOTIVATE A COMPETITOR FRIESEN SAID, “YOU KNOW I’M NOT REALLY SO MUCH TRYING TO GET THEM TO ENTER A COMPETITION. MY BIG GOAL IS THAT THEY BE SAFE FIRST OF ALL. SO THEY ARE SAFE, THAT’S OUR PRIMARY CONCERN. ONCE THEY ARE DOING THINGS SAFELY, THEN I WANT THEM TO HAVE SOME FUN DOING IT. THEN, IF THEY WANT TO COMPETE, THEN I WILL ENCOURAGE THEM TO COMPETE AND ASSIST THEM WITH THAT. THAT’S OUR PRIORITY, SAFETY FIRST, THEN FUN, THEN COMPETE IF THEY WISH TO DO THAT. SOME PEOPLE, WITH THE SHOOTING SPORTS, IT’S AN ACTIVITY WHICH YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE INVOLVED OR GO TO COMPETITIONS IF YOU DON’T WISH TO. SO IT’S A LIFELONG TYPE OF ACTIVITY. IT’S THE SAFEST SPORT THERE IS, SO THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT REALLY APPEAL TO ME ABOUT IT. SO, THE COMPETITIONS, IF THEY WISH TO THAT FINE, IF THEY DON’T, THEN I TEACH THEM THE FUNDAMENTALS, SO THAT THEY CAN BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN DOING IT, THEN I’M HAPPY WITH THAT. WE HAVE SOME BASIC TYPE OF INSTRUCTION THAT WE DO. WE HAVE A CHECKLIST THAT WE FOLLOW, THAT THEY HAVE THE RIGHT ABILITIES AND SKILLS TO ENGAGE SAFELY. BUT AFTER THAT THERE IS A COURSE CALLED THE BLACK BADGE COURSE, AND THIS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR INTERNATIONAL PRACTICAL SHOOTING CONFEDERATION. SO THE BLACK BADGE COURSE IS ONE SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT SPORT. IT FOCUSES ON THE RULES OF THAT SPORT. IT’S A REQUIREMENT TO COMPLETE THAT COURSE AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A MATCH AFTER THAT COURSE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN MATCHES. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BLACK BADGE IN ORDER TO COMPETE IN THEIR MATCHES. [THROUGH COACHING, I’VE HAD] A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK WITH A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY MUCH ENTHUSED ABOUT DOING WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND THEIR PARENTS. THAT’S THE KIND OF A REQUIREMENT THAT WE HAVE. WE HAVE FOR OUR JUNIOR LEAGUE, THAT’S FOR OUR YOUTH, WE REQUIRE THAT THE ADULTS ALSO COME TO, AT LEAST THAT AN ADULT BE ON SITE WITH THEIR CHILDREN. SO IT’S JUST ENJOYABLE TO SHARE THE SPORT, TO LET OTHER PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT. ON FIRST BLUSH, IT LOOKS KIND OF UNUSUAL. I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO SHOOTING SPORTS, I HAD A FRIEND WHO TOLD ME ABOUT IT AND I SAID ‘OH MAN, THAT SOUNDS LIKE A WHOLE BUNCH OF MACHO BULLSHIT, I DON’T THINK I’M INTERESTED, BUT I SAID O.K., I’LL COME OUT AND TRY IT. IT’S JUST VERY ENJOYABLE. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY IT’S SO ENJOYABLE, BUT IT IS. THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE, IN TERMS OF RECOIL, THE SMOKE, AND THE NOISE, IT’S JUST A LOT OF FUN TO DO. [AS A VOLUNTEER COACH] I THINK THAT VOLUNTEERING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. IT’S EXTREMELY GRATIFYING. I MEAN, YOU’RE MOTIVATION ISN’T TO DO IT BECAUSE YOU’RE GETTING PAID. I GET PAID DOING OTHER THINGS THAT’S A SATISFACTORY COMPENSATION FOR ME. I DON’T NEED MONEY FOR EVERYTHING THAT I DO, SO A CHUNK OF TIME THAT I HAVE AVAILABLE, I VOLUNTEER, AND I ENJOY DOING IT. [WORKING WITH PARENTS AND KIDS IN] THE SHOOTING SPORTS, [IS] DEFINITELY [ENJOYABLE]. YES IT IS, IT IS GOOD BECAUSE THE PARENTS, WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE. WE WANT THEIR CHILDREN TO DO IT SAFELY, AND THE PARENTS ARE CERTAINLY ON THE SAME SIDE IN TERMS OF THAT I MIGHT BE VERY ADAMANT WITH THE PARTICIPANT ABOUT KEEPING THEIR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER FOR AN EXAMPLE, AND I MIGHT HEAR THE PARENT SAYING THE SAME THING ‘OH, HEY, KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THAT TRIGGER’. I’LL SAY IT AND THE PARENT WILL JUMP IN AS WELL, SO THEY’RE ON THE SAME PAGE IN TERMS OF DOING IT. [THERE IS] CERTAINLY [A LOT OF RESPECT BETWEEN THE PARENTS AND THE COACH] AND THEY UNDERSTAND THE REASONS WHY THAT I MIGHT BE STRESSING POINTS BECAUSE THERE IS A SAFETY ISSUE. IF IT’S DONE SAFELY, IT’S A SPORT YOU CAN DO FOREVER, BUT IT HAS TO BE DONE SAFELY OR OF COURSE THERE IS SOME INHERENT DANGER IN IT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT PRESSURES THAT MAY EXIST WITHIN THE SPORT, FRIESEN RELATED, “FOR THE COMPETITORS THERE IS FOR SURE IS. NO QUESTION. FOR ME, I’M COACHING, I TELL THEM THE RIGHT THINGS TO DO, AND IF THEY DO IT, THEN THAT’S O.K. AND IF THEY DO IT, THERE REALLY ISN’T MUCH PRESSURE, BUT THE PRESSURE CERTAINLY IS THERE. I MEAN ANY COMPETITION HAS PRESSURE INVOLVED WITH IT. THAT’S WHAT UPS THE ANTE ON IT, THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT IMPORTANT.” RESPONDING TO A QUESTION ABOUT WHAT HAS KEPT HIM INVOLVED FOR SO MANY YEARS, FRIESEN ANSWERED, “I ENJOY IT STILL, IT’S SOMETHING I CAN DO AND CAN ADD VALUE. IT’S STILL SOMETHING THAT IS AN EXCITING THING TO BE INVOLVED IN, SO YEAH. I’VE HAD SOME EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD DAYS WHERE I DID EXTREMELY WELL, AND ONE OF THOSE I WON THIS BIG HONKING ROBERT BATEMAN PRINT KIND OF A THING BECAUSE I WON MY CATEGORY AND THAT’S STILL SOMETHING THAT I HAVE AS A MEMENTO. AND I STILL HAVE SOME TARGETS THAT I FIRED THAT WERE EXTREMELY GOOD, YOU KNOW THEY’RE STICKING UP IN MY GARAGE AND I GIVE THOSE A LOOK ONCE IN AWHILE. AS AN ATHLETE, I GUESS, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. AS A COACH, SOME GRATIFICATION WHEN YOU HAVE, SOME GENTLEMAN I JUST MENTIONED THAT IS A SPONSORED SHOOTER NOW, WELL THAT’S REALLY GRATIFYING. WE’VE HAD LOTS OF KIDS IN 4-H GROUPS, WELL THEY WEREN’T THERE FOR ANY COMPETITIVE PURPOSES, THEY WERE THERE TO LEARN THE SAFETY ASPECTS. AND SO NOW THEY COME BACK AND THEY ARE ADULTS NOW, AND THEY ARE SAYING “HOW CAN I, DO YOU NEED ME TO HELP, DO YOU NEED SOME VOLUNTEERS?” I MEAN THAT’S GREAT, THAT’S KEEPING IT MOVING KIND OF THING. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE MY MENTORS, MY COACHES, PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. THOSE FOLKS ARE GOING ON TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE, SO IT’S A GREAT CYCLE.” RECALLING SOME OF THE CHALLENGES TO BEING A COACH AND SHOOTER, FRIESEN SAID, “SHOOTING SPORTS ARE VERY UNUSUAL IN THAT THE BASICS ARE VERY EASY TO MASTER, THEN ALL IT IS THAT YOU HAVE TO SHUT UP, STOP THINKING ABOUT IT AND JUST DO IT. IF YOU OVER THINK IT, THAT’S WHEN THINGS GO AWRY. SO, IF YOU KIND OF HAVE A PLAN, YOU KNOW THE BASICS, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO, AND THEN AFTER THAT, AT THE POINT WHEN YOU ARE ACTUALLY ENGAGED IN IT, WHEN THE BUZZER BLOWS AND YOU BEGIN TO ENGAGE IN THOSE TARGETS, YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT IT. YOU HAD THE PLAN BEFORE, YOU KEEP YOUR MIND QUIET AND DO WHAT YOU’VE GOT TO DO AND THAT KIND OF THING, AND IT WORKS REALLY WELL. WHERE IT’S CHALLENGING IS WHEN YOU START TALKING TO YOURSELF TOO MUCH WHEN YOU’RE SHOOTING, THEN THE WHEELS FALL OFF IN A HURRY. [S]HOOTING IS THE SAFEST SPORT THERE IS. I MEAN I CUT MY FINGER ONCE, MINOR THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT SHOOTING IS THE SAFEST SPORT THERE IS. WHEN ASKED TO DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE OF SHOOTING, FRIESEN RECALLED, “HERE’S ONE OF THE STAGES FROM A 3 GUN MATCH THAT WE HAD THAT I RECALL. BASICALLY YOU START IT OFF IN A LITTLE CARD WE HAD IT ON AN INCLINE, THEN ON THE BUZZER, THEY HAVE CHECKED YOU ALL OVER AND MADE SURE YOU ARE READY TO GO, AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE COURSE OF FIRE IS. SO THERE IS A RANGE OFFICER THAT IS WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. AND THAT PERSON WOULD SAY ‘DO YOU KNOW THE COURSE OF FIRE AND IF YOU DO, LOAD AND MAKE READY’ SO YOU LOAD AND MAKE READY, AND YOU HAVE YOUR SHOTGUN ON THIS LITTLE CART THAT YOU ARE IN AND YOU HAVE YOUR PISTOL LOADED IN YOUR HOLSTER AND YOU HAVE YOUR RIFLE STAGE FURTHER DOWN RANGE. SO THEN IT WOULD BE ON THE BUZZER YOU HIT THIS RELEASE AND THE CART STARTS ROLLING DOWN THE RAMP AND AS AS IT DOES, THERE IS THESE CLAY PIGEONS THAT ARE ALL THE WAY DOWN THE SIDES AND YOU HAVE TO SHOOT AT THE CLAY PIGEONS ON EITHER SIDE AND GET OUT , EXIT THE CART, AND THEN THERE ARE SOME OTHER PIECES OF STEEL THAT YOU HAVE TO SHOOT WITH YOUR SHOTGUN AND THEN THE LAST ONE THAT YOU SHOOT TRIGGERS A BIRD THROWER, A CLAY PIGEON THROWER, AND IT FLINGS A BIRD UP IN THE AIR, AND YOU HAVE TO HIT THAT WHEN ITS GOING, AND THEN YOU HAVE TO UNLOAD AND SHOW THAT YOUR FIREARM IS CLEAR. THEN YOU MOVE TO THE NEXT STAGE WHERE YOU GRAB YOUR PISTOL THERE IS A BUNCH OF PAPER TARGETS, IT’S CALLED THE COOPER TUNNEL, A TUNNEL THAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH SO YOU HAVE TO CROUCH DOWN OR GO ON YOUR KNEES AND YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THROUGH LITTLE PORTS THAT YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THROUGH, AND SHOOT THROUGH THERE, AND THIS SIDE YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THROUGH. SO YOU GO THROUGH THIS WHOLE PROCESS THAT WAY, THEN WHEN YOU EXIT THERE ARE STILL A COUPLE TARGETS STILL FOR PISTOL AT THE END. THEN YOU HAVE TO UNLOAD, LOCK THE ACTION OF YOUR PISTOL, SET YOUR PISTOL DOWN AND A RANGE OFFICER SEES THAT YOU ARE ALL CLEAR AND THEN YOU GO TO YOUR RIFLE THAT WAS STAGED THERE. AND THEN THERE ARE SOME TARGETS AND THOSE TARGETS, ACTUALLY WE HAD THEM ON A BIANCHE MOVER, THAT IS ACTUALLY A PLATFORM THAT IS ON A CHAIN DRIVE THAT MOVES THE TARGETS ACROSS. AS ITS MOVING YOU HAVE TO GO AND FIRE AT THEM WITH YOUR RIFLE TO HIT THESE PIECES OF PAPER AS THEY ARE MOVING ACROSS IN FRONT OF YOU. THAT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF PHYSICAL STUFF, BUT YOU ARE JUST PUFFING AT THE END. AND IF YOU DO IT WELL, IT TAKES 35 SECONDS, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IT’S ALL MEASURED IN THE HITS AND THE TIME. THOSE ARE THE TWO THINGS. SOME PEOPLE, LIKE RYAN I WAS TALKING ABOUT WHO IS ON THIS NATIONAL TEAM, MAN HE’S LIKE HALF MY TIME, ALL THE TIME. IF I CAN EVEN DOUBLE HIS TIME, I’M PLEASED WITH THAT. SO THE ONLY THING I GET LUCKY WITH IS IF MY ACCURACY IS BETTER THAN HIS. BUT HE IS ACCURATE AND HE IS FAST AND THAT’S DIFFICULT. ANYWAY, THAT’S WHAT A 3-GUN STAGE IS LIKE. FUN STUFF. [G]OING OUT ON NORMAL PRACTICE IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, LIKE FOR THE SHOTGUN SHOOTERS, THEY’LL JUST HAVE A BIRD THROWER AND THEY WILL JUST KEEP FOLLOWING THE BIRD, PRESSING THE TRIGGER AND FOLLOWING THE BIRD. FOR THE RIFLE SHOOTERS, TYPICALLY, THEY JUST WANT TO SHOOT THE TIGHTEST GROUP POSSIBLE. THAT MEANS THAT BASICALLY WHEN YOU FIRE, THE PROJECTILES END UP IN A SMALL AREA ALTOGETHER, OR IF PREFERRED, TOUCHING. THE PEOPLE WHO DO IT, THEY’LL SHOOT TARGETS AT 100,200 AND 300 YARDS. SO NOW FOR ME, I’M NOT A BIG CENTRE FIRE RIFLE SHOOTER, BUT I’M NOT BAD AT IT, WITH GOOD EQUIPMENT, I CAN SHOOT MAYBE A 5-INCH GROUP AT MAYBE 100 YARDS. SO 5 SHOTS AT 300 YARDS ARE ALL WITHIN THAT 5-INCH DIAMETER. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY GOOD CAN SHOOT 5 SHOTS AT 300 YARDS AND CAN PUT THEM IN A MUCH TIGHTER AREA, SO THEY WOULD OBVIOUSLY WIN THAT COMPETITION OVER ME. IT’S VERY CONTROLLED, VERY METHODICAL. THEY WILL BE MONITORING THEIR BREATHING, THEY HAVE A SYSTEM FOR IT, THEY WILL DO LIKE “NOW I’LL TAKE 7 BREATHS AND AS I STOP, PRESS THE TRIGGER AND THEN GET PREPARED FOR THE NEXT ONE”. SOME OF THEM VERY MUCH HAVE A SYSTEM TOO THAT IS VERY METHODICAL AND OTHERS, HANDGUN SHOOTING—WHICH IS WHAT I DO MOSTLY, IT’S MOSTLY DRILLS- DRILLS IN TERMS OF DRAW, SHOOT, RELOAD. IT’S ALL IN TERMS OF FUNCTIONALITY AND RELOADING, AND BEING SAFE WITH THE DRAW AND GETTING THE HIT AS QUICK AS YOU CAN. THE PEOPLE THAT CAN DO IT DRAW AND HIT THE TARGET IN UNDER A SECOND. I’M PROBABLY 1.3 SECONDS, COMMONLY. THAT’S NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE, BIT IN ALL SPORTS IT’S LIKE THAT—A VERY SMALL TIME DIFFERENCE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIRST AND FIFTH PLACE.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20120022000
Acquisition Date
2012-06
Collection
Museum
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