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The VHS Speech

I had a great time last night delivering the Vancouver Historical Society’s monthly lecture.  It was standing room only and I really want to thank everyone who came out for it. Thanks!

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Review of “The Drive”

BC Studies has published a review of “The Drive.” On the morning of April 8, 1949, a nattily-dressed crook named Robert Harrison visited the Bank of Commerce at the corner of First Avenue and Commercial Drive and relieved it of … Continue reading

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Early Morning Radio Date

In advance of my talk for the Vancouver Historical Society tomorrow (Thursday) evening, I am being interviewed on CBC Radio 1 at 8:15 tomorrow morning by Rick Cluff for the Early Edition. I’ll be giving away a copy of the … Continue reading

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The Books Have Arrived!

Bravo to our printers — the first run copies of “The Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive” have arrived! That means we will definitely have copies available for the Vancouver Historical Society talk on 26th January.  It also means I will happily … Continue reading

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Waiting … Waiting …

We are waiting for the final proof copy of “The Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive” to be dropped on our doorstep by UPS. Today? Tomorrow? Waiting … waiting.  As soon as we get it and approve it we can push the … Continue reading

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Final Touches

A few days before Christmas, and just six weeks before “The Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive” is published, we are rushing around with all the final details: proof-reading; last-minute fact-checking, finalizing the cover design; scheduling proofs and print runs — and … Continue reading

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Release Date: “The Encyclopedia”

With the proof copy in hand, we can now announce a firm date for the publication of “The Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive to 1999”. The book will be released on Monday 6th February, 2012. The physical environment of the Drive, … Continue reading

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The Brandon Block Moves!

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the Brandon Block — that most elegant wide building on the west side of Commercial between First and Second — is damaged and it appears the owners are going through a serious rescue effort. But this … Continue reading

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Getting To Know You

One of the really great things about being a full-time historian of the neighbourhood is the opportunity I get to meet people with fascinating stories to tell; folks who have lived here forty, fifty, sixty years and more, and others … Continue reading

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Updated Release Schedules

We had hoped to publish “The Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive” in October. this month.  However — for the best of reasons — we have had to delay that release date and we now hope to publish at the end of … Continue reading

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