COLUMN: Perry Bergson — March 17, 2014

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The Ufology Research group released its annual survey last week and, as always, it has some interesting stats.

Saskatchewan is sixth all-time in reported UFO sightings, behind (in order), Ontario, B.C., Alberta, Quebec and Manitoba.

It was a performance repeated in 2013.

There was single report from Prince Albert and it came on Jan. 1. The witness reported seeing four orange lights moving fast and in patterns just after midnight. The website declared it an unknown event.

If you’re waiting for me to jump all over this with both feet, you’ll wait for a long time.

I have no clue if UFOs are real or not. It’s a vast universe and anything is possible but I’m still waiting to hear about a spaceship being seen by 1,000 people instead of Bubba who’s feeding the hogs.

I sincerely doubt a lot of the information that’s out there on both sides of this issue. But since my lack of insight is closely mirrored by my utter indifference, it’s not something that I spend any time thinking or worrying about.

And please don’t send me any of your convincing arguments. I may not know if there are UFOs but I am keenly aware of the delete button in my email.

Besides, as a mainstream journalist I’m part of the vast media conspiracy. Every day when I come to work I hope that I’ll get the special envelope with my marching orders.

But I guess I’ve only been a journalist for 9,824 days so I’ll have to keep waiting …

 

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I went back into the archives last week and found another interesting retirement.

Benny Benson stepped down as the supervisor of the provincial Forest Protection Office in March of 1974 (The story was actually in the March 18, 1974 issue because 40 years ago today was a Sunday and we didn’t publish.)

Benny came to Saskatchewan in 1930, working as a regional forester in the Meadow Lake area. He married Margaret (Peggy) and had a son, James.

He served in Europe from 1941-45 and returned to forestry in Prince Albert after the war.

Here are some of the other interesting notes from 1974.

• PACI is holding a reunion and has invited any grads who attended the school between 1910 and 1974.

• A fire in Cudworth has destroyed a hotel and store. The latter, the Community-Shop-Rite Store, was the oldest building in the community and contained a locker plant and living quarters. Nobody was injured but despite the best efforts of three area fire departments, the buildings couldn’t be saved.

• The Prince Albert Raiders beat the Saskatoon Olympics 10-4 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Northern Division final. Robbie Longlitz had a hat trick. Interestingly enough, the home crowd of 3,449 was the second largest in Communiplex history. The largest? 3,500.

It was a quieter year in the March 17 issue in 1964.

A man was fined $25 for discharging an air rifle and a new school was approved for the Crescent Heights subdivision.

In the March 17 issue of the 1954 Daily Herald, the local Red Cross announced declared that they were halfway to their lofty goal of $8,000.

There was also going to be extensive roadwork done on Highways 2, 3, 40 and 55, with lots of gravelling planned.

And the defending Saskatchewan Junior League champion Flin Flon Bombers beat the Prince Albert Mintos 5-4 to go up in their playoff series.

It won’t surprise you that the bulk of the 1944 edition dealt with the war. The Red Army was in Dubno, Poland, U.S. bombers hit Vienna, the RCAF bombed a rubber tire factory at Clermont-Ferrand and the railway at Amiens while Mosquitoes flew into western Germany. All of the airmen made it back to base safely.

In a story that will resonate with a group of schoolchildren in Prince Albert, W.F.A Turgeon was named Canada’s first ambassador to Mexico. The Bathhurst, N.B., product, who moved to Prince Albert in 1903 as a lawyer, later became an MLA, the attorney general, a judge in the Court of Appeal and the chief justice of Saskatchewan in 1938.

In friendlier times in the media community, we carried a list of radio shows each day. Here are some of Saturday’s highlights; the Cowboy Roundup at 6:30 a.m.; The Swing Hour from 1-2 p.m.; Harry Horlick’s Waltzes from 5:45-6 p.m., NHL from 7:05 to 8:30 p.m.; and the BUP and Daily Herald news at 9:45 p.m.

Back in 1934, the Rotary Club had guest Dr. H.C. Andrews, who was going to discuss the Sanatorium at the club’s weekly meeting.

A city man was lucky to get off with a warning after driving without a licence on March 15.

And in Classifieds, there were a couple of fascinating items.

• “Maytag multimotor washing machine in good shape. Will trade for feed grain or seed.”

• “Baby boy for adoption.”

Back in 1924, there came news that local businessman J.A. Stewart had died in Winnipeg. He was the president of the local Conservative Association and an active member of the Kiwanis Club.

Low hail rates were helping crops and the cost of insurance.

And, finally, Rev. Hugh Dobson of the Saskatchewan Prohibition League was going to speak at Wesley Methodist Church about the evils of alcohol.

Who says nothing goes on in Prince Albert?

 

Perry Bergson is the Daily Herald’s managing editor. You can reach him at 765-1302 or by email at perry.bergson@paherald.sk.ca

Organizations: Ufology Research, Daily Herald, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Forest Protection Office Rite Store Red Cross Red Army NHL Rotary Club Maytag Conservative Association Kiwanis Club Saskatchewan Prohibition League Wesley Methodist Church

Geographic location: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Ontario Alberta Quebec Manitoba Meadow Lake Europe Cudworth Communiplex Crescent Heights Dubno Poland U.S. Vienna Clermont-Ferrand Germany Canada Mexico Classifieds Winnipeg

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