Thursday, 10 February 2011

His Daughter was a Student of Mine

I see that Bobby Kuntz died.  A lot of those old CFL stars have died recently--Ron Atchison, Cookie Gilchrist, Herb Gray.

Their obits featured the single stock photo that was always used in the sports pages and game-day programs of the time, '57-'64.  The one of Atchison shows him in his lineman's squat, arms bent and elbows forward, set to repel some unseen foe.  Gray's too, all crew-cut and shoulder pads, ready to take you on.

Photo day would be a day to pretend. The Atchison photo was shot in the old Rider practice field next to Campion in NW Hillsdale.  Some phtog making the rounds, telling each player to strike a pose, imagine the game was on.

In the CFL at that time, the players didn't earn much and held other jobs.  But they earned enough, some of them, to buy a new house in the newest suburb of Regina, say, where they hosted block parties and built swings for neighbour kids.

Or they ended up running an electroplating company in Kitchener, like Bobby Kuntz.

1 comment:

Pearl said...

small world.

hey, and congrats on the CBC Literary Award short list.