Investigating 1970’s in Calgary – vvp15

Living in Calgary for the past 22 years has giving me a sense of pride and connection to this amazing city…my entire career is here, we have roots here our daughter born here. I wanted to learn more for this Calgary based podcast so I ventured down to the Central Library and decided to do some research on our history…being born in 1977 I thought I’d start in this era…being a novice crime enthusiast I was attracted to crime in the 1970’s but mostly Calgary history weather crime of interesting facts that I found.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calgary_Public_Library

  • Calgary Public Library
  • 616 Macleod Trail S.E.Calgary, Alberta
Calgary Public Library, Central location

After learning how to run the microfiche machine – which was a lesson in itself,

Calgary Central Library microfiche machine

then I figured out how to translate it through a standard PC…ahhh more comfortable here

finally microfiche to digital, more comfortable with this process

Checking out the microfiche film from 1977 January 1-10. As London sat beside me and helped run the microfiche machine. I scoured through many articles to see if anything caught my eye…

I learned very quickly a few hours to be exact that I require many hours at this to a be good at it and b actually find what I’m looking for…one thing about the central library is – it has culture. From the people to the back stairs to the location.

Being centrally located just off the C-Train (LRT) and Macleod trail se you see all walks of life and get a few life lessons along the way. In November Calgary we will be in grand style with our new state of the art central Library.

After I spent a few hours at the Microfiche machines I spoke to one of the workers there who by the way was most helpful and asked about local history- low and behold there’s a local history room…

Room: it’s not dark and dank but it’s older and lighting is okay but a bit minimal

Desks: oak, oak and oak, large library desks excellent for spreading out and completing research

Smell: like it’s got some years under it’s belt, paper and dust and a bit of stale air

look: oak again, large oak book cases, burgundy low pile carpet and vertical metal filing cabinets with a small thumb bottom to move the lock switch over to open the drawers – one drawer at a time.

feel: cultural and history, encyclopedias, maps, and books of course, news paper clippings

We needed to enter in by a trusted door password which they assist getting you into this room. Once inside I discovered miles of upright metal filing cabinets and book shelves and giant wide desks made out of oak. The lady showed London where the scratch papers and pencils were – which she utilized to the fullest – we are set to investigate and gather some history.

Calgary Local History Room at the Central location for Calgary Public library

I started looking through the fronts of these filing cabinets and then I found what I was looking for..

Crime and Criminals Calgary
Crime and Criminals Calgary

then I looked for the years and pulled out these amazing envelopes, London was so intrigued by the newspaper clippings as was I. The neatest thing was all of the cursive handwriting was done by the same person, the Librarian and in pencil.

Calgary in the 1970 Newspaper clippings
Calgary Crime in the 1970’s

These are all stamped with a typical date stamp in several colours of blue and red all cut up by scissors…I was enthralled in what I found. Browsing through to see what grabbed my attention…two stories over and over came up so these are the two I’m going to start with.

#Engine 23 Parked inside the Central Library

#Engine 23 Fun Facts

 

First: Constable William (Bill) Shelever – rookie cop who died too soon on the job, he  started as a Welder and then worked hard to become a cop “a chance to do something”. A story about a guy who loved what he did, was honest and died too soon.

Second:  A Cold Case about Two girls found dead at age 14 Patricia McQueen and Eva Dvorak ironically under the Happy Valley Overpass just west of Calgary. This case has never been solved.

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Photos curtesy of me Valerie Moss and spending the day at the Central Library, article writers will be given credit to in a future episode and thank you to the library as I haven’t been there since I was a kid and the ones I was in back then were in my small town schools. This library made me feel more a connection to this great city. Coming across these two articles over an over stood out to me.

The intro and outro for this podcast is recorded by London Moss. The music for this show is written and produced by Jason Schnell, titles Tascam 40.

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

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Enjoying Summer in Calgary Alberta – vvp14

Riding bikes in Calgary at Confederation park , stopping for chips and salsa at Julio Barrio’s, having the BEST ice cream at Village Square, riding by a colourful container market.

Facing South on a beautiful Summer day in May…
  • Container Market Visit – Dancing check out their full line up of vendors here, totally worth the stop.
Enjoying the awesome music and culture at the Container Market
Village Ice Cream – Earl Grey

This is the kind of ice cream that you crave in the night. It’s luxurious and creamy and always leaves you wanting more – with 3 locations to choose from Victoria Park, Britannia, and Garrison Corner covers all areas of the city – super easy to get to at the Victoria Park location, and the line up out the door to the street – is worth the wait.

enjoying our beautiful city is what we love about summer in Calgary…

Working on some upcoming shows to include Calgary history going back to the 1970’s, Mysterious Cold Case, Death of a Policeman, Interview with Jen Jensen of the Thrifty Princess Consignment Boutique.

Thanks for Listening to the podcast and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment/rating on iTunes, stitcher, google play, blubrry and tuneIn radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

Music and Sound for this show was edited through Garage Band the music

  • TASCAM, produced, written and played by Jason Schnell for my podcast (a future episode to come with the making of the music)
  • Shaker sound effect, Container Market and Village Square Ice Cream background eavesdropping, recorded by me Valerie Moss

The intro and outro for this podcast is recorded by London Moss

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Listen to the full episode here

Thrifty Princess Consignment (Part Two) – vvp13

Interview with Jen Jensen with Thrifty Princess Consignment ladies wear

What a lucky interview I had with Jen Jensen at Thrifty Princess Boutique  as I waited for the interview to start there was a mom and daughter team in there shopping around…they just had such a great time so as I was testing the microphone and the setting I recorded their dialogue, how sweet, I love shopping with London and having fun in this store…trying on clothes and jewellery. Jen is always so genuine and she truly loves what she does and is honest with her shoppers about the items they try on…great feedback. Of course you can hear me in there enjoying all of the items. So tempting. She has such an amazing decorative flair with beautiful antiques within her mix, she has vintage as well as modern high brand names – caters to all.

And Part Two here – includes out takes and mic testing

The cutest antique chair with a top hat just so…

 

Thrifty Princess Consignment (Part One) – vvp13

Interview with Jen Jensen with Thrifty Princess Consignment ladies wear

What a lucky interview I had with Jen Jensen at Thrifty Princess  as I waited for the interview to start there was a mom and daughter team in there shopping around…they just had such a great time so as I was testing the microphone and the setting I recorded their dialogue, how sweet, I love shopping with London and having fun in this store…trying on clothes and jewellery. Jen is always so genuine and she truly loves what she does and is honest with her shoppers about the items they try on…great feedback. Of course you can hear me in there enjoying all of the items. So tempting. She has such an amazing decorative flair with beautiful antiques within her mix, she has vintage as well as modern high brand names – caters to all.

Listen to part one of this interview here:
Jen Jensen from Thrifty Princess
Jen Jenson
Top Hat tipped just so...That's the Thrifty Princess Boutique way
Pill hat tipped just so…inspiring
Shelves of Shoes for days at Thrifty Princess Boutique
Shoes Shoes Shoes
Antique chair (NFS) and shelves of shoes for days
The cutest antique chair with a top hat just so…
Thrifty Princess Secret Trap door that leads under Edmonton Trail NE
Boarded up hole in the wall in her dirt basement storage, leading to tunnels underneath Edmonton Trail…
Thrifty Princess Vintage Swag around the store
Cutest dress form placed just so outside the back entrance…free parking

Visit her instagram page Thrifty Princess Boutique  or on facebook at ThriftyPrincess Boutique she even sells online…don’t forget when you stop by her store located at 810 Edmonton Trail NE, to consign or shop be sure to pay attention to the spirits in her little shop, they’re watching you but they are happy…

Listen to Part Two of the episode here:

 

Working on some upcoming shows

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Music and sounds for this show is provided through Garage Band and due to classy nature of Jen’s store we’ve chosen

  •  Classy Change Layers

The intro and outro for this podcast is recorded by London Moss

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

 

Q & A between Mom and 6 year old Daughter – vvp12

Q and A between Mom and 6 year old

Interview with my 6 year old daughter about life through her eyes…

  • at what age is a person an adult?
    • 41 and 18 is a very young adult
  • at what age do you want to be an adult?
    • 1 then 60
  • What would be hard thing about being blind
    • bump into things – a guiding dog would be perfect
  • What would you rather give up, iPad candy or friend?
    • ipad
  • How would you describe yourself?
    • pretty – nice and fluffy hair
  • what would someone else and your friends describe you?
    • interesting
  • What is the best thing about your mom?
    • Hugs and kisses and podcasts
      • podcastes – podcast-ed :0 o cute
  • If you were a mom what would be the best thing that you would do?
    • watch iPad
    • bike rides
    • be nice
    • unsupervised bike rides
  • What do you love most about camping?
    • (plactus) plastic cheese
    • London describes camping cheese…
  • Tell me the funny thing or person you know
    • funny person at school, Mr. Clark
  • What’s the hardest thing about being a child
    • wants to watch more tv
    • it’s hard to make choices
      • hard to control yourself at school…figure out playing by yourself or with your friends
      • who to play with?
  • Favourite Pets
    • hamster and story about fish
  • Chores
    • dishwasher
  • If you were invisible
    • scare mom and dad.
q and a between Mom and 6 year old Daughter

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Music for this show is provided through Garage Band today we London and I produced our own music using Radio Stager 05 and Sweet Nectar Beat, thanks London for choosing your two favourites.

The intro and outro for this podcast is recorded by London Moss

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Thanks for listening.

I’ve been Summoned…have You? – vvp10

I picked up the mail like any other day and there’s a letter from the Alberta government…opening it initially thinking it was for a vehicle fine or something…to my surprise it was a Jury Duty Summons.

A “jury summons” is a court order. It means you have to attend at the time and place stated so that a jury can be selected, unless you have been excused. Although you may not be chosen as a juror, you do have to show up. Serving on a jury in our society is both a privilege and a legal duty.

Jury Summons Important Notice

In Alberta the Jury Duty Rules are:

https://www.alberta.ca/jury-duty.aspx

Courtroom Etiquette:

https://www.alberta.ca/courtoom-etiquette.aspx

Back of the Summons

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be on a jury, watching all of the crime shows and listening to the different cases on the news I wanted to be part of this experience. I hear lots of people do not want to be on jury duty nor are they honoured or thrilled to get this letter…but I am! I think it’s our civic duty to be part of this process. Our taxes and our Right to vote and have an impact. This kind of stuff makes me tic and want to be part of the society we live in. have an impact.

The jurors are charged with the responsibility of deciding whether, on the facts of the case, a person is guilty or not guilty of the offence for which he or she has been charged. The jury must reach its verdict by considering only the evidence introduced in court and the directions of the judge.

There’s a part of me that has a bit of a concern if I was to get a case like OJ Simpson or something like this that could financially impact my life long term and my family unit. What about a case of child abuse or animal cruelty – how would I react…I’m prepared in some ways understanding this would be a serious offence and the people on trial may not be understood or understandable….wish me luck. Tell me your story and I’ll add it to a future episode.  Send me an email and let me know what it was like or leave me a comment through your podcast app or in my show feed.

Over 20 years ago my dad was on a jury, at the time I didn’t know although I was in school and living with him at my childhood home, he kept this a complete secret from me. He got up and went to “work” every day like normal, I had no idea until it was over. He had a very hard case to decide on the the victim in his case was a teenage girl and her name was Valerie.. couldn’t be closer to home for him. It was a tough case and has stayed with him for a number of years. It was about a bunch of teenagers driving around in a car drinking and having a good time, until they weren’t. There was a car accident, the one girl (Valerie) was struck by a tape deck and she bled to death – the biggest part of the story from my dad’s perspective was the driver was concerned about the stolen tape deck and not about this girl bleeding to death – such a bad decision for him. The poor girl died due to his lack of concern – again from my dad’s perspective.

Listen here:

Unfortunately even before I got this episode recorded my chance at jury duty was cancelled. I was working on a job site the day before when I had to call in to ensure that this was still on and scheduled so I called the number for verification and to my dismay – it was cancelled…how disappointed was i? Very….If you have a Juicy jury duty story or want to share your experience with me I’d love to hear from you…

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Music for this show is provided through Garage Band and today I chose

Doghouse Melody Piano

Sound effects used today are

Record Player Scratching

The intro for today’s podcast is recorded by Janice Wilby who was featured in my Boadcasting for Corrections episode. The out-tro is recorded by London Moss.

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Thanks for listening.

 

Calgary Tower vs Wellingtons vs The Keg-vvp9

Restaurant Scrutiny

  • The Calgary Tower
  • Wellingtons
  • The Keg 

History of the Calgary Tower

located at 101 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1J9

The Calgary Tower originally called the Husky Tower is a 190.8-meter (626 ft) free standing observation tower in Downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Originally called the Husky Tower, it was conceived as a joint venture between Marathon Realty Company Limited and Husky Oil as part of an urban renewal plan and to celebrate Canada’s centennial of 1967. The tower was built at a cost of $3,500,000 and weighs approximately 10,884 tonnes, of which 60% is below ground. It opened to the public on June 30, 1968 as the tallest structure in Calgary, and the tallest in Canada outside Toronto. It was renamed the Calgary Tower in 1971.

A natural gas-fired cauldron was constructed at the top of the tower by Canadian Western Natural Gas in October 1987 as a gift to celebrate the 1988 Winter Olympics.[9] The torch, which consumes 850 cubic metres (30,000 cu ft) per hour, was first lit on February 13, 1988 when the Games opened, and burned 24 hours a day throughout. It continues to be re-ignited for various special events, including Canada Day Christmas celebrations, world events, as well as during the flames play off games.

A glass floor extension was constructed on the north side of the tower’s observation deck and opened on June 24, 2005. When standing on the glass, one can look straight down on 9th Avenue South and Centre Street.[14]

An LED, multicolour exterior lighting system was added and was first tested on August 1, 2014. 12 lights were added to the crown and 24 to the exterior floor. Each light has been programmed to be able to create over 16.5 million combinations of colour and lighting effects. It has been used since October 8, 2014, becoming a more noticeable part of the city skyline at night.[15]

My birthday

night out planned

got a sitter

taking an UBER

Enjoying the moment and exploring the big 50th Anniversary for Calgary Tower, Sky 360 revolving restaurant. Here’s a recap of our evening and how we remember this amazing place.

atmosphere, tables, lighting and feeling, washrooms

Our rating of this establishment and our desire to return, apologizing to Wellingtons.

History of Wellingtons of Calgary

Located at 10325 Bonaventure Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2J

This restaurant boasts higher end, men in jackets ladies in nice cocktail dresses, they are famous for table side from scratch ceasar salad, the atmosphere is dim and quaint, the people murmur at their tables the service is impeccable.

20 years and more for Jeff

Celebrations of birthdays and anniversatireis for years

small glass room with the grill – same chef for likely 20 years possibly longer has been…

describe the atmosphere

cherry jubilee fire side tale service

famous for their Wellington

Beef Wellington is a preparation of fillet steak coated with pâté (often pâté de foie gras) and duxelles, which is then wrapped in puff pastry and baked. Served with seasonal veggies, and a starch with a side of gravy. Superb. They have amazing seafood dishes like neptune smothered in a delightful sauce with perfectly paired sides.

table side caesar salad is must when you go there, it’s fresh and wonderful!

Stadium Keg

Stadium Shopping Centre – 1923 Uxbridge Drive NW

Tricky parking due to construction at hospital

It was founded in 1971 in North Vancouver, British Columbia as The Keg ‘n Cleaver by George Tidball at one very small, downstairs location in an old industrial building in the Moodyville area of lower Lonsdale and today operates in all provinces (excluding Prince Edward Island) and five American states.[3] The Keg is well known for buying up historic manors and turning them into restaurants. Examples of this are the Keg Mansion in Toronto, and the Keg Manor at the Maplelawn Estate in Ottawa. Also notable as heritage restorations are the Kegs in Kamloops, British Columbia, which was a CN Station and in New Westminster, British Columbia, which was formerly the city’s CPR station.

In 2018, Cara Operations announced their intention to purchase The Keg for $200 million, with founder David Aisenstat staying on to operate The Keg and other high-end brands at Cara.[2]

great service

great atmosphere

great food

 

 

Interview: Expatriate in Qatar Born in Calgary-PartTwo-vvp8

Welcome back to part Two Interview with an Expatriate, Born in Calgary Living in Qatar thanks for joining me for the second part of this two part series, if you haven’t listened to the first segment I’d recommend you do this first to provide you background into today conversation. Enjoy today’s episode about the King of Qatar, weather, muslim culture, teaching, shopping and advice.

Listen to Part Two here…

Interview: Expatriate in Qatar, Born in Calgary-PartOne-vvp8

Interview with an Expatriate, Born in Calgary Living in Qatar

This is a two part series Part One and Part Two

There isn’t many people I come across since living in Calgary that are actually born here…but my dad, Michael Swain was born here at the Calgary General Hospital. He went back to school later in life completing his Masters in Business Administration and then packing up his bags looking for new experiences, across the pond. Finding an opportunity as a Professor in a Commerce school in Doha, Qatar which lasted 7 years.

welcome to the show Michael Swain…

  • where were you born
  • Calgary General Hospital
  • What school did you go to?
  • Live?
  • Where did you mom and dad work

Check out this link for Imperial Oil

  • what do you remember about their jobs?
  • what year was this
  • Stampede memories in Calgary

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calgary_Stampede

  • Best memory of Calgary
  • coming to calgary now…
  • What does it mean to be an expat?

Saskatchewan Polytechnique 

College of the North Atlantic.

Weather in Qatar

Muslim

Welcome back to part Two Interview with an Expatriate, Born in Calgary Living in Qatar thanks for joining me for the second part of this two part series, if you haven’t listening to the first segment I’d recommend you do this first to provide you background into today conversation. Enjoy today’s episode about the King of Qatar, weather, muslim culture, teaching, shopping and advice.

Thank’s for listening to Today’s episode if I’ve left anything out or you’d like to learn more about Michael’s tenure in Qatar let me know. Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment or rating on iTunes, stitcher, google play, blubrry and tuneIn radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

Music for this show is provided through Garage Band and due to Micheals love for playing base guitar  we’ve chosen

  • Offbeat Auto Wah Guitar

The intro and outro for this podcast is recorded by London Moss

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Part One

Coming up on the next episode I will be reviewing a few Calgary Restaurants and our amazing and not so amazing experiences

  1. Calgary Tower
  2. Wellingtons
  3. Stadium Keg

Interview with a Warden-PartTwo-vvp7

Welcome to the final chapter Part Two of our interview with a Warden – catch the first part here.

Welcome Darren Reeves, Warden for over 25 years…in corrections and policing, he is a very deep thinker and takes his position in society serving the public with humble and respectful thoughts, he’s careful and methodical about his occupation and his opinions  are constantly regarded for others at any level including inmates and colleagues. Treating people right regardless of what they’ve done, he has a very foot forward position to process. Make effective changes in someone else life, we are all human. This episode was recorded in Dalmeny Saskatchewan in my dad’s dining room setting, as you can hear there’s family mulling about in the background…, enjoy the episode!

  • Level of security.
  • Step by Step Processing
  • 7 Different facilities
  • Women Correctional Institutes
  • Process’s
  • Worst Situation, Best memory?
  • How did you meet Janice…

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Part Two

Music for this show is provided through Garage Band and Darrin’s love for Jazz influenced our pic today:

  • Jazzy Downtemp!

The podcast is produced by me Valerie Moss, through Garage Band and WordPress.

Coming up on the next episode an interview with an Expat, Michael Swain..born right here in Calgary at the General Hospital, his experience with Stampede, later in life achieving his Masters in Business Administration then moving across the world in search of life experiences landed him a Professor position with a commerce school in Doha Dubai.