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September 11, 2022

September 16, 2022

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Regina was terrific for me. As of this writing, I completed three interviews and have promises of a few more via Zoom. I interviewed a senior citizen resident and I think this may work well in future cities. The challenge, of course, is to find those who are fully lucid. But they do have stories!

I also met Elvis. Apparently, he is alive and well in Regina. I was out taking photos of the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Garden and The Legislative Building, and there he was doing karaoke. We talked for about 30 minutes and I learned that he goes by “Memphis” now. He was an interesting chap who doesn’t have much time for governmental authorities.

My Airbnb hosts (a married couple) were renting the house where I stayed from a U Regina professor who is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. They are from Brazil and decided to emigrate to Canada about a month prior. She is a professor and he a former cop. I interviewed them both. Very interesting stories.

Finally, as a Chicago guy, I have to write about my one hour in Moose Jaw, SK, as I drove to Calgary. Moose Jaw is known as “Little Chicago” because of the Al Capone connection. Because there was a rail connection between the two towns, Capone made Moose Jaw the location from which he received shipments. Legend has it that he actually visited the place. I learned this while taking some photos and happened upon a mural depicting the story. In the movie “The Untouchables” with Kevin Costner and Sean Connery, there was a scene of them intercepting hooch in Saskatchewan. Now it makes sense. Who knew?

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