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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta UETHMIMNI HfHAtD 18 I was minding my own busi- ness, walking down Third Ave- nue, when I was jostled by seedy-looking character. "Can you spare 35 cents for a cup of he wheedled, signing gustily and enveloping me in an atmosphere of rari- fied alcohol. "For he respond with an eloquent shrug, exhal- ing even more morosely and clutching his tattered trench coat close about his sparse frame. I began in recogni- tion, "aren't you oh, but you couldn't be but, my what a strong resemblance to Mistaken "Oh, you must be quite mis- said the panhandler, edging nervously away. "You must be thinking of someone else. I don't resemble any- one "Quigley I shouted, as I finally placed him. "Of course, you're Quigley W. Quince, renowned local busi- nessman, bon vivant and wealthy entrepreneur why it's been years, Quig old boy. What have you been doing with I batted abruptly as I had begun, appalled at the sight be- fore me Quince stood there Mmpiy, ettn aqttiver as tears coursed down his cheeks, mak- ing twin rivers on either side his bulbous, red-veined nose. How could I have been so cal- lous? I should have known bet- tar than to discuss old times with someone who obviously was a has-been. Lynne Van Luven Quigley Quince finds happy salad days can lose their crunch "I'm sorry about Quince apologized later, over a cup of hot coffee. "I just never expected to meet anyone who remembered me from the old "Ibat's an right, you dont have to talk about I seid awkwardly, thinking what a changed man Quigtey Quince was, bearing no resemblance to bis debonair days. "No, Quince Insisted, setting his cup down with trem- bling fingers, "I'd tike to talk about it Perhaps you can pass my story akng, so others can benefit from the lesson of my ruined life, "K an be recalled, with a quaver in his voice and a far-away look in his eyes. "with the happy hour. Yes, you might say that was the begin- ning of the ead for me. Conventions "You know how tt is, the more busanees associates one has, the more conventions and meetings there are. And, back to my sated days, ft was cus- tomary to begin all meeting with happy hours, social times, when everyone would stand ebout the portable bar and make small talk. I always loathed such times, felt out of place and awkward. So I'd have two or three fast ones, to loosen me np a bit Instantly, I seem- ed to become a fine raconteur, a great wk. Quigtey sighed, and bis monologue to wipe his eyes and blow bis nose vigorously. he resumed." I took to having five or six fast ones. Then the happy hour became two hours for me. Then three the whole meeting was Just one big happy hour." Poor Quigley was eryfag openly now, but he struggled on with Ms pathetic tale. "Then, after one such happy be recaMed, "I was feeling especially witty, so I started to sing saloon ditties in the midst of the speaker's open- ing remarks. I followed that by doing a soft-shoe routine across the room, grinding my boss' toes into the carpet along the way. The rest of the evening is fuzzy. I oidy know that I woke up the next morning, very un- happy and out of a job "Look, I said, wip- ing away my own tears, "isn't there something I can do Tale of woe "There's nothing anyone can responded Quigley Quince, in doomed tones. "But the next time you attend a meeting that's preceded by a 'happy' hour, teQ the person on either side of you my tale of woe. Then I win feel I have not lived in yam." And with that remark he shuffled off, heading for nearest happy hour. Now is the time to book fHAPTEp" FLIGHT roLj CHARTER FLIGHT TO LONDON, AMSTERDAM, OR FRANKFURT Book now end avoid disappointment! A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE is your agent for the following tour Operators in Europe WELDORAMA Thursday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, 10 a.m. io 5 p.m. Global Cooks Trafalgar Frames American Express Fourways Horizon Southdown We will handle al yowr travel arrangements "A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL It appointed Agent for all MAJOR AIRLINES and STEAMSHIPS "For the Best In Travel AIL-WAYS" Call or Visit A.M.A. World Travel Service 608 5th Ave. S. Phone 328-7921 er 328-1181 All enquiries OfJ-ce SJJCR Msr-dsy ftis Ssterdcy M 5 pifi. paifcing at of building DOOR PRIZES! Beetric Welder l_Econocrofter 6-PMKps battery FREE COFFEE AND DONUTS New Product Demonstrations CANADIAN UOIMD AM RtMKSENTATfVES WMl BE IN ATTENDANCB WESTERN CANADA WELDING PRODUCTS LIMITED 912 1st AVENUE SOUTH, UETHBRtOGE PRODUCTS fOt FARM AND ;