Old friends recently moved and mementos stored long ago were rediscovered. One photo was from our days at UBC.
Wondering if people could identify which person was the future Prime Minister of Canada, I put the 1966 photograph on Twitter. Regular In-Sights commenter Lew Edwardson provided a witty response. I think it’s worth sharing:
Interesting photo. Ignoring other clues, by staring at it long enough you can convince yourself at times that the kneeler is Joe Clark, shirtless is Justin Trudeau, lady getting her hem kissed is Kim Campbell, and the guy with the big pumpkin type hat is Stephen Harper.
My friend also found a Vancouver supper club menu we had signed backstage by three famous jazz masters, circa 1965.
According to BBC Music Magazine, saxophonist Stan Getz (1927-1991) ranked among the top of all time. He was a big name in 1950s jazz and later became “synonymous with the infectious, tuneful rhythms of bossa nova.”
In the mid-1960s, youthful vibraphonist Gary Burton (b. 1943) was already a highly regarded instrumentalist and drummer Joe Hunt (b, 1938) played with the best. After Getz, Hunt joined the trio headlined by Bill Evans, one of the most influential jazz pianists of all time.
Artists at the top of the entertainment world were common in Vancouver before Las Vegas became the centre of the performing universe. At a time when few locations were allowed to serve liquor openly, supper clubs Isy’s and The Cave were licensed. That allowed them to generate dollars to hire major talent. Based on drink prices, I’m betting performers’ fees were ultra modest compared to amounts paid today.