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THE PHILATELIC STAMP, POSTAL HISTORY SHOW IN SASKATCHEWAN ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT

Hello Collectors,
 

SNOWING!  NO VACANCY!  A GUY JUMPS INTO OUR VAN!  IT'S MIDNIGHT! RCMP STOPS! WHY? TWICE?


THE PHILATELIC STAMP, POSTAL HISTORY SHOW, SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT.




In any event it was a pretty cool sighting. I was pumped!

A few hours later, it’s dark and we’ve crossed the border. It is now snowing, the roads are icy and we are still a long way from Saskatoon. 

Bleary-eyed, we arrive in the city around 11:00 pm, stopping on the outskirts of town to check into a motel.

But, no vacancy!  

So we hit another motel - no vacancy and then a third with no vacancy!  

ALL FULL ...ALL FULL....WHAT? 

We came to find out that Saskatoon was apparently hosting a 32-team  minor hockey tournament that weekend.

Now, would you think that hockey would take precedence over a stamp show?  

Well, as Howie Meeker would say, “‘Golly Gee Wiz’ Hockey Night in Canada is paramount! No Exceptions!”


FYI: Did you know that Howie Meeker scored 5 goals, (Toronto Maple Leafs) as a rookie in the NHL.  Good Stuff !! 


Ok. Ok...so where did we stay?  

At the very last motel on “Motel Strip”, the lady proprietor (Pelosi) says, “Nope, we are ALL FULL.  But let me make a few calls.”  

HOPE! 🤞PLEASE!


One room left...only one room, in a downtown hotel called Trump Tower. 

Thank you very much Nancy...

Downtown Saskatoon at 1:00 A.M.!  

We have the address, but CANNOT find the hotel. We are driving in circles. (No GPS back then.)

It’s snowing, it's cold and we are lost!  

LOST AGAIN - is this a reccurring theme?

At last we locate Trump Tower (and it’s NOT a Tower - it’s a Rat Hole).  

Well, hotel doors are locked after midnight!

I have to notify the night clerk that we have arrived, which means a call from a telephone booth on the corner (no cell phones back then either ). 

As I wait for confirmation, a huge guy with a Casablanca hat stumbles out of the hotel bar. He falls in the snow, slips and falls again, gets up and then rushes to our Van. 

What the hell is happening here? I watched in astonishment!

Simone hits the automatic door locks - fast!  He runs into the side mirror then smashes the passenger side window with his hand but it does not break. (Good thing I don’t think Speedy Glass would have been so speedy that night.).

He apparently thinks we are his ride home!

Now let’s be perfectly clear about this. Our Van is lengthy and grey. There is no way our vehicle could be mistaken for a YELLOW CAB. (Maybe the 1:00 am shuttle cruising Saskatoons streets for inebriated 🥴 patrons?)

I left the telephone booth just as our late night interloper staggered down the avenue, muttering profanities.

Accommodations were finalized, and we retired to our “cubbyhole hotel room” (washrooms located down the hall). 

Oh! 🎶Whatta Night🎶


Early next morning we rush to set up for the (as Eddy S. would say) THE BIG SHOW.


Now if something spectacular happened at a Philatelic Show, it would trigger my mind and I’d remember it. 

I am really not expecting “super spectacular”, like what happened in the 1948 CFL Grey Cup Game in Toronto. 

The “Super Spectacular” event was the Calgary Stampeder football fans riding their horses while wearing white cowboy hats and pink cowboy boots.  

And, WHERE WERE  the exuberant Calgary fans riding their horses to....you ask?

THE ROYAL YORK HOTEL “LOBBY”  IN TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

Hold on. One step back...

I “fumbled” on to a trail ride, in the lobby of the ROYAL YORK?  

Collecting sure has its surprises. I stumbled on a (real photo postcard) of the "Super Spectacular" event, the Calgary Stampers Grey Cup Parade of 1948. 

Then, I did the research.

Yup it’s all true.


Next Week:

The snowy drive back to Edmonton, with two  stops by the same RCMP constable. Why? 

Take care,
John Bucci

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