Stationbreak Magazine

Compiled & Posted by Ken Gibson on January 1, 2018
(with technical assistance from Bill Morris.)

Contents - Click on the Title below:
MEDICARE PART G - the Alternative from Ron Devion.
BLACK HUMOUR from Bob Black.
Excerpts from AULD ACQUAINTANCES Jan. - March 1998.
Recipe: SALMON WITH COCONUT from Serafine Crawley 1977.

                                                        MEDICARE Part G - the alternative
from Ron Devion

If you are an older senior citizen and can no longer take care of yourself and need Long-Term Care, but the government says there is no Nursing Home care available for you, what do you do?
You may opt for Medicare Part G.
The plan gives anyone 75 or older a gun (Part G) and one bullet. You may then shoot one worthless politician.
This means you will be sent to prison for the rest of your life where you will receive three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating and air conditioning, cable TV, a library, and all the health care you need. Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That's great. Need a hearing aid, new hip, knees, kidney, lungs, sex change, or heart? They are all covered!
As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you at least as often as they do now!
And, who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you they can't afford for you to go into a nursing home.
And you will get rid of a useless politician while you are at it.
And now, because you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any more income taxes!
Is this a great country or what?

                                                THE VENTURES OF BOBBY'S PUCK.
                                                                    by Ray Waines

Many of my colleagues and friends have either read or know my story about how Bobby Orr autographed a puck for my son, Bobby.  My son still has that very special puck and is guarding it carefully so it won’t go missing like the first puck Bobby Orr signed for him back in 1972.

It was my granddaughter Ashley who started this venture of just getting another puck for Bobby Orr to autograph and she would get it back in time as a Christmas present for her dad.  Well, she did get the signed puck back but, in early January as Bobby Orr kept going to the UPS office to look for a small parcel, it had already been delivered to his son’s book store!  Anyway, Ashley did get her wish and our family held a special occasion for her to surprise her dad!  Now two years later, if you walk through the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, you may be surprised to see Bobby’s puck . . .

How did that happen?  This part of the puck’s venture, started around last Christmas when I sent 12 pucks to both writers of the book, 1972 The Summit Series, by Richard Bendell and Paul Patskou.  I had hoped that they would include one of Bobby‘s pucks with the sale of each book to help with their sales.

Paul Patskou had a different plan and on June 1st he took his pucks to the Sports Gallery in Toronto where there were celebrations of Team Canada’s victory as the Greatest Sporting Moment of Canada’s 150 years!  Paul passed out all his pucks to Phil Esposito, Yvan Cournoyer, Frank & Pete Mahovlich, Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, Brad Park, Jean Ratelle, with  the rest for Pat Stapleton to distribute.

When Paul told me what had happened to Bobby’s pucks, I couldn’t believe it!  The timing was perfect and Paul had known for some time that I was hoping for all of the players on Team Canada to get one of these souvenir pucks.  I couldn’t help but think that most of those players, including Bobby Orr, have been inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Following a suggestion by co-writer Richard, I wanted to see if Bobby‘s puck would be accepted by the renowned Hockey Museum, and yes, curator Craig Campbell was pleased to accept it!

Recently I have finished making 17 puck holders with plaques as a tribute to each player and to both coaches.

I have sent them to Pat Stapleton who will hand them out at their reunions and of course I could not forget Bobby Orr, so he now has one as well.  And to think all this was started when Ashley just wanted a puck signed by Bobby Orr!

Ray Waines


                                            THE TELEVISION GOSSIP FILES of JAN.- FEB. 1995

Let's turn back the clock to last month, December 1994. Timmy's 18th Christmas Telethon was a spectacular success for the producers/organizers Patsy (MacDonald) and Gordon Gill. For each of the 20 1/2 hours, there was a tight schedule so that virtually nothing ran over. Unanimous compliments from performers, the crew, the band and everyone else makes us wonder why this hasn't happened before. Very special compliments to hosts Kevin Evans and Stu Jeffries who proved their versitility and spontineity at all times. The producers had selected an interesting cross section of all-Canadian performers led by the Irish Rovers who had the audience up on its feet and dancing to "Wasn't That a Party!" The event drew a record $4.8 million. A great TV and radio crew were more than happy to be doing live TV again in Vancouver. How long a wait will it be before the next one?
At Lake Louise an impromptu jam session could be heard most nights in one of the technician's rooms. The "band" included cameraman Glenn (our budget Jim Carrey) Weston and ENG's Mike (should I try a crewcut?) Johnston on guitars and audio's Chris (holly stll available!) Stear on banjo. Drum accompaniment was provided by the neighbours on their walls. Could that have been because of vocals from audio's Ken Berube?   Walkies! In her spare time Production Assistant Paddy McGuerin trains dogs to become good home companions. Her success has taken her to teaching groups at Killarney and among her students are Set Decorator Bev Wowchuk, Camerman Mike Varga, EAP Cameraman Doug Sjoquist's father and of course their respective 4 legged friends.  In addition, vetenerians send their problem dogs to her.  Birthday wishes to Aquarian Paddy who shares the same day February 7th with Garth Brooks, Charles Dickens and Ken Gibson.  A table of technicians serenaded the show's host James Barber at the wrap party for "Urban Peasant." The good news is that the series is now seen in 45 countries, including the latest addition, Australia.  Next season's shows start taping in April.  
The 20 Year Association's Christmas party at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club was once again a warm, nostalgic and enjoyable gathering of 114 old friends. Among those present, Wilf Porth (TV production manager) revealed it was Len Lauk (Regional Director for the Province) and he who initiated the Association in 1980.  Bob Service (Director of Television) continues his hobby of restoring and servicing church organs. His daughter Joanne recently left CBC drama to work as assistant production coordinator on the "X-Files" series. Maurice Moses (Unit manager) reminded Wilf and Bob that, as office boy, he was instrumental in playing Cupid by exchanging "personal" intermail mail between Wilf and Lorrain, Bob and Audrey, both couples still happily married. Harry Hooper (cameraman/technical producer), who left CBC in 1970 to help develop and teach television in southern Africa, has retired in Vancouver.  Bill Dobson ("TV News"/"The Best Years") has lunch once a month with Bob Switzer ("Canadian Gardener" and a gazillion other shows), announcer Dan McAfee, TV News lineup editor Eros Pasutti and sportscaster Ted Reynolds. One of the first EAP committee members, Van Gray (scenic artist) would be the envy of every kid.  He is painting for TV and film series "McIyver," "The Mighty Morfin Power Rangers" and "Biker Mice from Mars." Phyllis Newman (head of make-up prior to Beverley Takeuchi) is active in supporting AIDS committees and is learning to play piano.  Jacques Baillaut (Public Relations) has been honoured by French President Francois Miterand with the Order of Merit of France for his journalistic achievements. Congratulations, Jacques!  CBC legendary producer / director Daryl Duke (former owner of CKVU) is negotiating for an international TV series and film, the latter he hopes to shoot in BC. His recent meetings have taken him to the Far East, Europe and the US. Daryl's claim to international fame came with his popular US series "Tai Pan" and "The Thorn Birds."  In 1950s CBC Vancouver, Daryl produced "Exploring Minds," "Looking at Art, " "Parade," "Theme in Seven," "Explorations" through to the 1970s "The Manipulators."
At the Association party, freelance producer Ken Gibson also talked with Ross Whiteside, Bill Kyashko, Ken Lowe, Pat Hartley, Mel Ebensteiner, as well as Radio's Diane Filer, Personnel's Irene Coutts, Finance's Angela Nash, Design Department's Victor Miles (still painting), George Yates, Steve Reite, Al McMillan (working for the Volunteer Centre), head of Sports Len Chapple and Jack Thorne ("I drive my wife Joy Coghill to work"), co-ordinating producer Alan Walker, musicians Doug Parker, Dal Richards and Ernie Prentice.  Announcer Gordon Inglis introduced new Association president (Set decorator) John Glassey who made the world's shortest speech prior to the sumptuous dinner.
"Taking the package" and leaving the CBC fold are Set Design Manager Ebba Reiter, Announcer Gordon Hunt, Sports Production Assistant Maggie Davis, Production Assistant Donna Jaggard, TV Technical's Dwayne Goertson, TV News editor Paul Hartley, TV News Camera John Collins and Regional Director John Kennedy. Maggie is moving to Toronto while Paul and John C. are looking for a future in documentary work.  Ian Hanomansing and "Midday" have agreed to disagree. Ian will remain in Vancouver as national news reporter.  TV Technical's Brad Marshall and wife Rita have landed home safe and sound from a Far East holiday. While in Bangkok, Brad was approached by a young boy offering to sell his sister to Brad. "Thank you" said Brad, "I already have a sister so I don't need a new one."  Set decorator John Rogers is a grandfather for the first time. His younger daughter Jessica, who is married to Marc Strange's son Joshua, gave birth to a boy. Actor Marc had the lead role in the '70's series "The Manipulators," while writer Marc and his wife Susan are credited for the concept of "The Beachcombers" series. Marc is also writer of the Movie of the Week special "Frostfire" with ex-CBC's Brian McKeown as Executive Producer and Gordon Mark producer.  Sad news: Director Michael Watt is reluctantly re-locating with his family to Oakville this July to continue directing prime time variety programs. His most recent efforts include "Rita McNeil and Friends," "The Genie Awards" and the upcoming "Gemini Awards." The nominees have been announced and include a handful of local productions and personnel: David Paperny for Best Direction in an Information program or series (Witness "Dr Peter"); "50 Up" best Lifestyle Information series (Shafik Obray Executive Producer); for the Vancouver-produced "The Diary of Evelyn Lau" Sandra Oh (Best Actress), Barry Stevens (Best Writing), Jeff Warren (Best Picture Editing); and the 1993 Canadian Country Music Awards'  Best Variety Program or Series (Ken Gibson producer). Whoops, sorry, that was for CTV!   There's a budding sports director who usually works as a VTR editor. He's been given the chance at directing the figure slkating and hockey at the Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie, Alberta in February. Good luck, Brad Coates! After a month on the beach in Hawaii, "Canadian Gardener" David Tarrant is on tour with the Home & Garden Show, covering New York, Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.  Former Costume Assistant Stephanie Nolan is working in wardrobe on the US series "Twilight Zone." They really want 70 space suits?!!  Coming up in March is "The CBC Volunteerthon Day- the Gift of Time" when British Columbians will pledge their time instead of money. The hosts will be Kevin Evans, Gloria Macarenko, Stu Jeffries and Barry MacDonald, the Producer Gordon Gill, Director Herb ("Spilled Milk" has turned to cream with a series!) Baring and Associate Producer Bill (most eligible bachelor of the year?) Nevison.  Finally, Neil Sutherland came from an era when a Producer produced, directed, wrote and, in Neil's case, often choreographed their own shows. Neil produced music specials and series ("Some of Those Days,"" "Ivor Novello," "Chorus, Gentlemen," "Victor Herbert,""Parade") as well as Drama ("Red Serge"). Neil's "CAPAC Special" was the very first program produced in Studio 40. Because the edit suite wasn't completed, the show was edited in the old Georgia Street building by former editor Gordon Gill.  Neil's funeral on January 13 was well attended by over 400, many of whom got their start with Neil's support (including mine). He will long be remembered.
And That Was the Year That Was.  TTFN.

                                              BLACK HUMOUR  .... from Bob Black.

SEX AT 73.
I just took a leaflet out of my mailbox, informing me that I can have sex at 73.  I'm so happy, because I live at number 71.  So it's not too far to walk home afterwards.  And it's the same side of the street.  I don't even have to cross the road!
Answering machine message:
"I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life.  Please leave a message after the beep.  If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes."
My wife and I had words, but I didn't get to use mine.
Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.
Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
The irony of life is that, by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going anywhere.
God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.
I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.
Every morning is the dawn of a new error.
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
Aspire to inspire before you expire.
For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us .... go ahead and delete this.  For the rest of us ...  pass this on!

          Excerpts from AULD ACQUAINTANCES by Peggy Oldfield.  January - March 1978.

Still wondering where they are and what they're doing?   Read on ...
John Weston has recently become the Canadian agent for "This England" and "Evergreen" magazines. There are currently 11,000 subscriptions to the former in Canada, so John is likely to be busy. Linda Kinney, now a White Rock resident, is presently working with labour relations' issues at the Canadian Film and Television Production Association. Anyone who knows her knows she loves travel, so it comes as no surprise that Annie Guimaraens is planning a late-Spring holiday that will take her back to England and Turkey. Debbie Geagen, Tom Pankovich, Stephanie Nolan and Nora Battista are on the crew of the TV series "Outer Limits." Three cheers for Stephanie who has a nomination in the Best Costume category in the Gemini Awards in the episode titled "The Camp." She took a break over Christmas and joined Mary Szigety on a holiday cruise through the Panama Canal, Cartagena, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Acapulco. Meanwhile Mary keeps in touch with Patsy (MacDonald) Gill, Beverly Takeuchi and Nora Battista through weekly get-togethers to play mah jong. John Sleep is working on the "Police Academy" TV series. Bob and Joely Switzer are back from a winter break in the Hawaiian Islands and are settling in their newly built home on Gambier Island. Marguerite and Roy Callegari flew off to Los Angeles mid January to join the cruise ship on a three'week tour around New Zealand.  Congratulations to Jack and Marnie Bellamy who became proud grandparents for the first time on January 17th.  Doug Bonde is a bridge watchman on board B.C. Ferries and working towards becoming an officer. Janice Golden is a 2nd unit director on the TV series "The Sentinel." Of course we all know that Philip Keatley is producer of the new VTV series "Cold Squad."  More familiar faces from CBC's recent past now on VTV: Daan Cramer who plays switcher for their weekend news, Rick Sullivan works in Master Control, Greg Shannon is Technical Co-Ordinator, Roger Guenette is in VTR. Congratulations to Shannon Clarke who said "I do" on November 22nd. Shannon and her husband will be leaving Vancouver to make their home in Toulouse, France, sometime this Spring. Having problems with those "easy to use" computer programs? Bob Black is offering tutoring in word processing, desktop publishing, most business programs and basic computer operations in the comfort of your own home at weekends or weekday evenings.
We'd like to remind everyone that the 20 Years Association would be delighted to welcome new members. Whatever length of service you have and in whatever capacity, you are welcome!  It's a great way of keeping in touch.  

                                         RECIPE for SALMON WITH GRATED COCONUT
                                     from Serafine CRAWLEY - Finance Department (1977).
The German Embassy sent this recipe to the Fisheries Dept. and Serafine translated it for us into English.  If you're looking for a tasty alternative to cooking salmon, Serafine assures us that this is not only delicious and guaranteed to impress your friends, but it's easy to make. Here's what you need:
4 thick fresh slices of salmon
1 cup finely chopped onions
1 cup grated coconut
i cup sweet cream
4 tablespoons butter of marg
4 eggs
1 cup chopped parsley
I tablespoon paprika
Wash fish and sprinkle with salt. Place onions, coconut and parsley in buttered heatproof dish. Place fish on top, side by side, and sprinkle with melted butter. Then pour over lightly beaten egg and cream mixture. Bake in over for 25 - 30 minutes until golden brown. Serve on warm plates. It's as simple as that!