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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Did you ever have an Auntie Mame? You know what I mean. The wild, madcap Aunt. The fun Aunt.
My darling Aunt Gertie. I hadn't seen her in many, many years but it seems like just last week she had me laughing my head off.
She would make you put on wigs and act silly. She would drive like a maniac down the highway yelling at the top of her lungs "Watch out McDonalds" (taken from an old tv commercial)
She would dress in the most....interesting ways and we always wondered what she would have on when she was coming over.
Her sense of humour was quick and saucy. I can't even repeat here some of the stuff she said on here but I will tell those stories for years to come.
So with a sad heart I say goodbye to my mother's sister more commonly known with love in our family as Dirty Gertie...rest in peace Widow Brown.
Gertrude Champagne - March 24, 1928 to December 24, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
My brother has been involved in hockey his whole life. He was a goaltender and has played for a couple of US universities as well as one here in Canada. He played on the Brandon Wheat Kings team and also for the Vancouver Junior Canucks team.
After leaving university he began running his own very successful hockey schools around the world even running them in Japan, Minnesota, & Florida.
He had a couple ground breaking creations he made for his hockey schools, using his background in mechanical engineering.
Here is a newspaper article about his reflex tunnel to measure the abilities and weak points of his goaltending students. They could improve their reaction times without fear of being hit by a real puck. Brilliant. Remember this was before computers were available to regular people.
You can click on the picture to read the article in a larger size.
How about you? Do you have any inventors in your family?