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March 20, 2012 - Issue 1198

First Issue published in October 1995!
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ACRA Upcoming Events
Our first 75 years
Women in Aviation
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds and Ends
Terry's Trivia
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Welcome to the NetLetter!

We welcome you to allow the NetLetter to be your platform, and opportunity, to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC, Wardair. etal. and share your experiences with us!

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ACRA Upcoming Events- Compiled by Alan Rust
ACRA  LogoRetirees Welcome!

The following events are available for retirees through ACRA, the Air Canada Recreation Association.

Image Blank 200pxACRA System Golf turns 50!

Just as Air Canada celebrates its 75 year anniversary this year, the employees who started the Air Canada Recreation Association over 50 years ago are also celebrating with their 50th Anniversary System Golf Tournament!


This is a once-in-a-lifetime milestone event that we hope you can attend.


Date: September 9 - 12, 2012 
San Diego, California

Venue: Sycuan Resort & Casino 


Prizes: To help celebrate this event, Air Canada Vacations has donated a prize of a 7 Nights all inclusive package for two to Mexico with Air and Hotel at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba in a Double Occupancy Junior Suite.


For further information and registration visit:

ACRA BowlingACRA System Bowling!

The Air Canada Recreation Association (ACRA) System Bowling Committee invites all active employees, retirees, and their guests to attend the 2012 ACRA System Bowling Tournament in San Francisico.


Date: May 31 - June 3, 2012 
San Francisco

Venue: DoubleTree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country 


For further information and registration visit:

ACRA SoftballACRA System

The Air Canada Recreation Association (ACRA) System Softball Committee invites all active employees, retirees, and their guests to attend the SYSTEM GOLF TOURNAMENT in Halifax.


Date: June 11 - 13, 2012 

Venue: Atlantica Hotel 


For further information and registration visit:

Our first 75 years - Compiled by Terry Baker
AC 75 Years Anniversary1974 - April 27 - Viscount fleet retired and stored at Winnipeg awaiting final disposal.

1975 - July 1st - Second daily flight introduced YEG-YYC-SFO with DC9 equipment to augment the B727 equipment.
- Remaining 24 Viscount aircraft sold to Beaver Enterprises a Montreal-based holding company.

Image Blank 200px1968 - October 15th - Lockheed L10a CF-TCA, the company's first aircraft  ended it's service at YOW destined for the National Aviation Museum.


Note from John Norberg

Air Canada's 75th Anniversary...who was around when it all started?

On the occasion of Air Canada's 75th anniversary it might be interesting to find out who started their careers with Trans-Canada Air Lines in those early years, where they are now, and if possible to hear some of their memories of those early years. 

There may not be many who are still with us, but their contribution is a part of the 75th Anniversary memories.


Anyone who may know of these people can forward the information and if possible any stories to John Norberg at I would be pleased to consolidate any information received, and prepare an article to be included in the NetLetter.

John W. Norberg

Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker

The first woman to fly the Atlantic in a turbo-prop aircraft was the wife of the Vickers Armstrong test pilot Jock Bryce during a delivery flight of a Vickers Viscount aircraft to Trans-Canada Air Lines on May 9th 1955.

Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker

Readers PhotosReader Submitted Photos -  The photos and information below have been submitted to us by our faithful readers.  

We welcome photos of interest from our readers. Please check your cupboards and shoe boxes, we bet you have some excellent photos lying around! If you do, send them to us and we will consider them for publication in a future NetLetter. We prefer good quality Air Canada/TCA, and Canadian/CPAir, etc. airline related photos, with descriptive text and names (whenever possible) included with the submission.

Image Blank 200px Ron Rhodes Waterloo Ont sends this from a 1964 TCA Europe ad brochure.

The picture was accompanied by this short bio for Jocelyne Rene

Does anyone recognize herself?  .
"Many passengers ask, 'Where are we now?', I think that's the question a TCA stewardess hears most! We always answer in hours - 'One hour from Paris' can sound very thrilling to someone on a first trip It was being a passenger that started me on my TCA stewardess career.


Two years ago, I was a secretary on my first flight to Virginia. I looked at those girls and thought, that's what I want to do! And now, after dozens of flights along TCA's routes, I still do, I remember in our training course we used a 'mock-up' of a real aircraft interior. We learned about the galley, how to serve meals, look after children and make each passenger comfortable.


You know, the second most-asked question is: 'Can I sit by the window?' Even people who fly a lot find the sky and the clouds beautiful. Once, when I was studying German, (many of us speak more than one language), I asked a passenger if she would like to 'sit by the window', she just laughed and didn't seem to mind at all. That's how you'll find it on a TCA Jet ... a sense of happy excitement in the air. And if I can make those first hours of you trip pleasant, I will be happy too.

Image Blank 200px Ron Rhodes also sent us these photos and comments - 

I found this sign (minus the flight and time numbers) in someone's basement during an estate sale several years ago. I think I offered them $2 for it, and they accepted it!  I cleaned up the sign and added the numbers which correspond to my TCA flight from Prestwick to Montreal on a Super Connie in 1961! It now hangs in my family room on the wall behind my Boeing 767 seats from Canadian Airlines. Does anyone know anything about the sign? I imagine it came out of a small Canadian airport on the TCA route.  I wonder from where? Anyone recognize it?  I would love to get some info. Ron.

Image Blank 200px These slippers and silverware from TCA are probably from 1950's and were most likely used on Viscounts, don't you think?

Image Blank 200pxDominic Imbrogno has sent us this photo with the following comment - I'm sending you a picture of last flight that left Mirabel to Rome. To all my friends. From Canadian Airlines. Thank you.

Image Blank 200px Alan Gray sends us this photo and comment - I was going though some old photos my father in law (Don Hunter TCA) took.

Winnipeg flood 1950, A BOAC stratocruiser speedbird B377 (the Caledonia) Canada Flood Relief.

He kept the TCA radio beacon operational though the radio shed was underwater. I have photo of it but am still looking for it.

Allan Gray

Image Blank 200px Jan Wegman sends us this information - 

Attached a picture of 1968. In the late 60's, the company sent an HR person over to Europe to hire language FA's. German as well as Scandinavian. This picture shows the first Swedish FA's hired in Stockholm. 

They also happened to be sisters, Elisabeth and Christien Noren. The person with them in the picture is the Swedish ambassador at the time in Canada. The picture was taken in Ottawa, they were asked especially to work this flight.

TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada  LogoBelow we have musings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, Air Canada publications from years gone by, as well as various in-house publications.

The NetLetter has been fortunate enough to have our readers donate vintage Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada publications from as far back as 1941 to share with you. These have been scanned and are being prepared for presenting in a special area of the ACFamily Network for archival and genealogy research.

Another hijack occurred on Sunday December 24th 1971 with a DC-9 aircraft under the command of Captain Donald F. Glendenning. The flight from Thunder Bay to YYZ eventually ended up at Jose Marti, airport, Cuba. Crewed by F/O Richard Hugh Reid, Flight Attendants Ruth-Anne Snell, Johannes H. Waterings. Upon arrival, the passengers deplaned and luggage unloaded.
Issue dated - July 3rd 1975
Garnered from the "Horizons" magazine -
Image Blank 200px Toronto mechanic Joe Dias is shown conducting an en-route inspection on a B-737 aircraft.

Image Blank 200px The Toronto ACRA Soccer Club challenged their counterparts in Vancouver to a game there this spring, but while the weekend was a great success, Vancouver took the game 3*1. Scoring for Vancouver were S. Gamlin, J . Brown (penalty goal) and D. Ashton. Toronto scorer was R. Boyce.

(We assume YVR won the game as they had more players. If anyone would like to identify any player, we will be pleased to pass the names on - eds)
Winnipeg Skyliners Toastmasters celebrated their 25th anniversary during 1975, with the hopes that it will be around for another next 25 years. (Did the Toastmasters club survive the next 37 years - eds)
Image Blank 200px Remember this?
In view of the poor economic times and the competition from CPAir, strikes by the M.O.T. snow removal crews during February and March has lead to a deterioration in revenue expectations. In an effort to get into the "black", one strategy was the introduction of the "Get a friend to fly" and all employees and retirees can help.
Issue dated - July 16th 1975

Image Blank 200px Passengers on the Company's first flight to Texas were piped off the aircraft on arrival at Houston to commemorate the opening of the new Toronto-Dallas/Fort Worth-Houston service July 1.


Shown flanked by the two pipers from the Houston Highlanders Pipe Band are, from the left: Pat Labrie, VP, U.S. Region and Jack Smith, District Manager, Houston with crew members Captain Art Bush, two unidentified flight crew. F/A Supervisor Walter van Beek, F/A Solly Eskenazy, and an unidentified flight crew member. In the foreground are F/As Joanne Ross, Chris Taschereau and Barbara Hart.

(If someone can come up with the identities of the three unidentified crew members, we can complete this tableau - eds)

Image Blank 200px Ann MacBeath chalked up a first for the Montreal Base when she became the first flight attendant to achieve 25 year's service with the company. Now an In-Charge Flight attendant, she is shown receiving her service pin from Ross St. John, Manager, In-Flight Service, left, at a luncheon also attended by
In-Charge Flight Attendant Supervisor Frank St. Hilaire and Irene Armstrong, right.
Issue dated - March 1964 
Garnered from "Between Ourselves" magazine -
The House of Commons gave final approval March 3rd to a private members bill changing the name of Trans-Canada Air Lines to Air Canada. The young member of parliament who had the rare pleasure of seeing his a private measure given final approval by the commons was Jean Chretien, Liberal member for St,Maurice-LaFleche.
Image Blank 200pxTHE SALES STAFF at Sydney, N.S. turn out to the Sydney District Annual Sales Dinner held on February 6. Guests included W. W. Fowler, District Sales Manager, Henry Holland, Station Operations Manager
Stephenville, Nfld and John Rankin, Area Manager, Public Relations, Halifax. Fowler was the guest speaker and presented prizes to the successful Passenger Agents. March and Carmichael.
(We are unable to identify those named here or any of the other attendees - anyone? - eds)

Image Blank 200px IN THE SPIRIT of good fellowship these men, together with 75 others, feted Gordon. R. Wilson (center at a party in the Laurentien Hotel, Montreal on  February 13th recently. Shown above are some of those present: left to right, Jack Callen, John McGill, Gordon Wood, Wilson, Bill Sadler, Murray Stainton and Guy Perodeau. Callen is presenting Wilson with an Effective Speaker's Diploma specially worded for the occasion.

Image Blank 200px "THE OLD PEEL STREET OFFICE" clan decided to have their own farewell party for G. R. Wilson, recently
appointed 'Regional Sales Manager for the U.S'., when they realized that the official farewell party excluded women. At the LaSalle Hotel, Montreal for the luncheon, from the left, standing, were: Isabel Finlay, Marg Doherty (white hat), Bea Allison, Pauline Shea, "Babbs" Alain (formerly "Babs" Smith), Mary Young, (seated) "Vernie" Vernier, Doris Devenish, Wilson, Barbara Greene, Helen Wedge, Doris Ingles.
Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceEugene Ely Invented Naval Aviation, Over 100 Years Ago In San Francisco

One hundred years is a very long time. Yet in the hierarchy of modern marvels, the ability to recover and launch aircraft from the deck of a moving ship stands out as one of aviation's signature accomplishments. Which just goes to show you: Some tricks never grow old.
Naval aviation was invented over one hundred years ago, on January 18, 1911, when a 24 year-old barnstormer pilot named Eugene B. Ely completed the world's first successful landing on a ship. It happened in San Francisco Bay, aboard the cruiser USS Pennsylvania, which had a temporary, 133-foot wooden landing strip built above her afterdeck and gun turret as part of the experiment. Click on image below for more information and photos, or click here.

Naval Aviation


On the morning of January 18, 1911, Eugene Ely, in a Curtiss pusher biplane specially equipped with arresting hooks on its axle, took off from Selfridge Field (Tanforan Racetrack, in San Bruno, Calif.) and headed for the San Francisco Bay. After about 10 minutes flying North toward Goat Island (now Yerba Buena), Eugene spotted his target through the gray haze the PENNSYLVANIA.
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
CAIL TailsNews and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and it's "ancestry" of contributing airlines.

1987 - a removal of CF6-50C2 engine from DC-10 fin 908 for required full maintenance had accumulated 20,394 hours without shop service. General Electric confirm this to be a world record for this type of engine.

1994 - November 5th, American Airlines Flight Operations System implemented
Issue dated - November 1980
Found in the "CP Air NEWS" magazine -

Image Blank 200px Sales staff in Winnipeg hear many compliments from passengers who are impressed with the CP Air service and they decided to pass the word along. So they held an in-flight-crew recognition day at Winnipeg.


Sporting orange roses from the Winnipeg sales staff are crew members of flight 11 on Oct. 29, 1980.


Standing from left are Pamela McDonald, Karen Gable, Winnipeg Sales Manager Wayne Dale, Evelyn Middleton and Allison Shand. Seated are left, First Officer Hans Pathuls and Capt. Jim Peerless.

Image Blank 200px FIRST GRADUATES of a basic accounting concepts course and an accounting department familiarization program, receive their certifllcates from Training Supervisor Bernie Milns, second from left and Bob Griffiths, manager, training and procedures.


The combined three-day program was started In October and by the end of 1981, some sixty-eight key punch operator. and 244 accounting clerical staft will have completed one or both of the courses.


From left, certificate recipients are Margaret Coates, Margaret St. John, MurIel Thomas, Pat Gray, Joy Ratnarajah, Gertrude Yarr (sitting), Kathy Suiymks, Allcla De Crewe and TerrI Budden.

Issue dated - November 1979 
From the "Blue Skies" magazine -

Image Blank 200px REPRESENTING 700 YEARS OF SERVICE to CP Air. these employees received 25 year service pins at dinner held In their honor In Vancouver Ops Centre cafeteria.


All are from Vancouver unless otherwise stated.


Back row from left they are Jack Egan. CTO mgr., Toronto; Tony Lloyd. mgr.. standards and procedures; Bernie Eckert, supervisor, commercial accounts, Toronto; Andre Lalonde, supervisor. airport services, Montreal; Ian Smith. a/c mech; Capt. Dennis Hunter, Instr/check pilot DC-8; Bob McKay, vacation sales asst.; Eric Moore, station attendant; Otto Tiede, lead station attendant; Max Freedman, line engr.; Alex Noble, mgr., fuel contracts; John Anderton, supervisor, personnel placement; Charles Webster, psgr. agt.; Gordon Willson, air engr. II; Junya Fujiwara, accountant, reports, Tokyo; Doug Shields, chief mech.; Ken Dakin, exec. VP.; Kazulku Ohno, sr. cargo agent, Tokyo.


Front row from left, Andre Ferland, psgr. agt.. Montreal; Margaret Brewster, psgr. agt.; Bill Hooton, supervisor, quality control; John Dapp, tech, support specialist; Don Cameron, sr VP.. admin. and public affairs; Nina Morrison. psgr. service dlr.; Capt. Donald Hill. DC-8: Shirley Carswell, manuals editor; Ernie Kyryluk, sr. clerk; and Pedro Zegarra, sr. psgr. agt., Lima.


Absent were Helen Ducharme. interior a/c clnr.; Fred Dennis. supervisor, quality control; and Kelly Wong, communications, Tokyo.

Issue dated - March 1994 
Found in the "Info Canadi>n" magazine -
Image Blank 200px Canadian's law team: from left, Laura Safran, vice-president and corporate secretary; and lawyers Ken Fredeen, Dan Horner, Trudy Curran-Goodway, Wayne Barkaukas, and Barbara Snowdon.
Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader's Feedback 
Every week we ask our readers for their stories or  feedback on what they have read here in previous issues. Below is the feedback we have received recently.

Werner Fischlin sends this information in reference to NetLetter nr 1195 - too old to join TCA as a pilot - was reading Mr A. Lee-White`s 1947 letter of rejection from Trans-Canada Air Lines in regards to his application for a job as a pilot with them.

Reading the third paragraph, I had a moment of deja vu. In 1968, I sent an application letter to Air Canada and also received a letter from them stating that since I was 28, I was too old as 26 was their limit. I got a job with Transair in Winnipeg shortly after that.

Fast forward 32 years, (during that period there were a series of airline mergers and acquisitions) to the year 2000. I was now at the mature age of 59 1/2. Guess what... I was now a pilot with Air Canada , with whom I finished the rest of my career. 
Werner Fischlin, Surrey, BC.

Image Blank 200px When we got this email from Dick Hovey, we thought the gremlins had acted up again BUT - we had faithfully copied the information from the Horizons magazine but, as Dick had worked with all the guys, we gladly accept his information.  

In the pic of Job Safety course, (NetLetter nr 1196) you've got the order wrong in the back row. It should be Vallee, Manzo, Stewart, Gibault, Nicholas, Drennan.  Front row is correct I worked with them all.

Dick Hovey AC045397

Linda Kellins has sent us this information about ACRA on the 50th anniversary - I was always involved with ACRA, mainly GOLF, for my 38 years with the company. On a local basis, here in YVR, we organized most years, 8 golf tournaments. We hosted, each April, a tournament which included employees from YWG WEST and some years had over 120 golfers. The days when we had Ramp Agents playing with Reservations Managers, Pilots playing with Customer Service Agents, males and females together.

I was then nominated to take on the role of a member of the System Committee with Lorne Gray,YVR;  Gerry Lint, YSJ and our PR Guy from YOW, Hugh Riopelle. We took on the role each April to locate the sight of that year's September tournament, arranging for sometimes 140 golfers and maybe as many as 100 non golfers, in the good old days. 


It was usually the first Sun. Mon of Sept. a day to register and to have  a practice round, then the tournament day followed by a banquet. Things changed soon after our time in Chicago, when Frank Cunnius could do nothing about the weather, when the temperatures dropped 25C and the rain and wind forced us to postpone to the next day. It was then changed in the bylaws: to have a 2 day total point we had a practice day, followed by 2 days of tournament play, that evening a banquet. Each hosting city tried to OUTDUE the previous year... we had barbeques on the Sunday night; another dinner or cocktail party, sometimes with entertainment, on the Monday; banquet after the final day of play Tuesday.

The tournament was usually EAST one year then WEST the next, but having golf in September in some provinces was difficult in the snow so we moved further SOUTH, and tried to do East and West but we had difficulty getting to some of the OFF route stations and bus fees were high.  When Ron Costelli was in LAX, he managed to get us some sweet deals in Anaheim, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Indian Hills, even down to San DIego, and not too many years ago to Napa Valley, Sonoma.


On the East coast, sometimes threatened by hurricanes, Miami Doral, Tampa, the Carolina's. Overseas, Ayr, Scotland, where women were now allowed to enter the main doors and the pub, Nassau, splitting up the group over two hotels.

I have a lot of good memories although it was a lot of hard work. Met so many of the Air Canada family from all over the world and have remained good friends with some. Attended several of the ACRA president's and event organizers meetings in Montreal over the years, having major support from the company, who at one time donated or contributed funds to help in the events, believing that through ACRA the company could bring together the whole Air Canada family and their friends. 

This year's tournament will be held in the San Diego area... Sept. 8-13, 2012, Sycuan Casino Golf, and Tennis Resort, San Diego  and promises to be bigger and better than all the others, Ron Castelli is still on the committee, on and off over many many years. As Host, he will see that all runs smoothly and all will have more great memories to take home with them.


Check your calendars, clean off the clubs and golf shoes... see you there. My heartfelt thanks go out to the committee members of any of the events put on by ACRA, lots of hard work but it is appreciated.  

Linda Kellins

Retired Customer Sales and Service,

YXE, YYC, and then YVR.

Odds and Ends.

I'm asking if anyone might have a picture of Jim Aikins who passed away on Feb. 24 or 25, 2012. He was personnel manager at Air Canada on Bloor St. in the 60s as well as Ticket Office supervisor I believe.

I can't put a face to the name but I remember his name so well. Any help with a picture would be very much appreciated.

Thank you,


Gayle Graham C.S.S.A. Toronto Airport


Bob Berry sends us this short video - Lightning strike to a plane at the gate. You'll need to watch it a few times; it's only about 11 seconds.

Watch closely at the tail of the plane. (looking for a lightning strike) Then replay it and watch the front landing gear. Then wonder why we don't refuel airplanes when there is lightning in the area.

Three key things/areas to watch first watch the tail of the aircraft as the bolt hits the vertical stab, do not blink, it happens that fast. Next, watch the nose of the aircraft where ground crew is walking up to, and under, the nose of the plane. Then, look just to your left of the nose gear. That brown square on the ground is a metal plate imbedded in the concrete, with a small manhole cover. The strike exits onto the metal plate, and sends the manhole cover flying through the air toward the tug on the far left. 


Lightning Strike - Ground Ops
Lightning Strike - Ground Ops


Paul Peron sends us this url of a Nordair promotional clip about 15 minutes long - Nordair B737 promo circa 1965 for pax/cgo config flight from Montreal to Fort Chimo, Frobisher Bay, Resolute Bay then configuration change to charter Montreal to Jamaica.



Nordair B737 Promo Video 2011
Nordair B737 Promo Video 2011

Unfortunately the last little bit of the video is missing - but very true of
the way the aircraft were used at the time. A northern trip such as this one would have taken approximately 12.5 hours (including turn times). It looks like the YRB flights in the 60's were on an overnight schedule.


Thanks for the NetLetter, I look forward to reading it every week. Keep up the good work!

Paul Peronz

Courtenay, B.C.

Image Blank 200px Ken Collie is looking for some information - can anyone help him - Can anybody of Transair heritage tell me about this Avro York?  I would like to know the registration, and why it was never flown to Winnipeg where it could have found a home with Western Canadian Aviation Museum.


The picture taken on the tarmac is at the Pas Manitoba Airport, YQD. I was working for Lambair of The Pas at the time in the late 1960's. We sort of looked after the old beauty for Transair, insuring that the tires were inflated, that the wheels were rotated occasionally and on occasion, two or three times a year the engines were run up by a crew from Winnipeg. We would be there for support, (and of course to hear the music of those big Merlins).

Image Blank 200px For some reason the plane was towed down the highway to an area next to the highway near the turn off to the airport, shortly thereafter vandals did what the war and years of freighting in the arctic could not do. The burned out hull sat there for quite some time before it was finally removed to a land fill site.


Ken Collie.

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry BakerFamily Affair program extended to September, 2012. 


The Family Affair program has been extended with new last ticket date of September 3, 2012, and a new last travel day of September 10, 2012.  Details on the Family Affair program which features confirmed air travel are available on the Employee Travel Site under News & Policies.  For reservations or inquiries, please contact Call Centres at 1-888-247-2262.

John Glew sends us this information - Here is some useful information for anybody who is a regular visitor to Las Vegas. 

For the past ten years I have subscribed to a magazine called Las Vegas Advisor which is a monthly magazine posted to me in England.

It is only a twelve page mag but full of up to date information on everything that is going on in Sin City. It has a 30,000 membership following and is well worth the money. 

Their web-site is amazing. Check it out at
Good luck John Glew (LHR FLT DX RETD)

Image Blank 200px Here is a list of some defunct airlines in Canada.
Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.

Image Blank 200px This cartoon by Dave Mathias is from "Between Ourselves" dated March 1964 with the caption "Before I review the headquarters' plans for Trans Parent Air Lines, I would appreciate if any field managers who have any hot rumors on this subject would raise their hands".

Image Blank 200px This from "info Canadi>n" magazine issued July 1987.

What's in a name, eh? Quite a chuckle when the peculiar Canadianism "eh" is added to the corporate logo! Some Calgary maintenance staffers used cardboard letters to conjure up this humorous photo. No harm in a little fun, eh?

The NetLetter is an email newsletter published (usually) once a week and contains a mixture of nostalgia, current news and travel tips. We encourage our readers to submit their stories, photos and/or comments from either days gone by or from present day experiences and trips. If we think that the rest of our readers will enjoy it, we will publish it here

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We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!
Your NetLetter Team

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E&OE - (errors and omissions excepted) - The historical information as well as any other information provided here is subject to correction and may have changed over time. We do publish corrections when they are brought to our attention.
First published in October, 1995
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  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
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