Book a treasure trove of memories

Former Trail resident appreciates all the efforts that went into John D'Arcangelo's book "A Trail to Remember".

Having been a lifelong print/ electronic journalist in five provinces and seven cities – including Trail from 1956-1961 as Editor of The Times – one always remembers with great fondness the uniqueness of where one has lived, as well as the wonderful people that one has met over the years.

All of that immediately came to mind with the arrival of John D’Arcangelo’s superb book “A Trail to Remember.”

The massive work involved, plus the commitment and dedication of John, will be remembered by everyone who has ever lived in this great West Kootenay city.

I would also be remiss in not also commending and congratulating all of the wonderful contributors and the incredible stories they all told.

Our life in Trail was richer for the wonderful friends Gail and I, along with sons Bill, Randy and Steve, met during our stay there. Steve was born there and we are delighted that he continues Trail’s strong hockey tradition as the former Vice President VP of Communications for the Edmonton Oilers and now President of the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL.

Bill and Randy are both Edmonton lawyers with Randy also being a member of an Edmonton blind hockey team called the See Hawks – who use a steel puck full of ball bearings that they can hear but not see. Bill is a coach of that team. Shades of the Smoke Eaters once again.

Thank you Trail for making our lives richer, and thank you John and fellow contributors for making “A Trail to Remember” an incredible contribution to an incredible city and its incredible residents.

Bruce Hogle

Edmonton