Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
VIS Wl DO... 10 W I ill major ASrllnw and Sitamihip Wa can alao raatrva ahaad tor accommodation, U Drlvaa. Your I.A.T.A. Appoinlnnnt Agant ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Ctnlrt Villtgt Mall Phon. 329-3201 Third Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 12, 1975 7Ni St. Mall AUMrta HIM 1M-7411 FILING CABINETS Pages 21-32 Meiklejohn promotes Games, likes what we have done By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor I don't have access to the keys to the city, 1 only wish I had because it would take me just a quick trip to the Canada Winter Games result centre to give them to Bill Meiklejohn. And who, pray tell, is Bill Meiklejohn? Well, until the past few days Meiklejohn was a man behind the scenes. You know the commercial "first time on stage the one for a floor wax? Well, Meiklejohn has disguised-himself all that well as the Canada Winter Games count- down reached zero. But now the story can be told. "Actually, I would rather be left in the says a modest Meiklejohn. As media relations director, that would be next to the impossible. But meet Bill Meiklejohn and one can understand that it is the impossible that grasps his attention. Meiklejohn was not saying, some months back, that Lethbridge and Southern Alberta could not stage the Canada Winter Games which got un- der way officially Tuesday evening in a very moving fashion. He was simply saying, "You had no business, you are simply too small." "I can laugh about it he says, "because I have seen just what a stupen- dous job you Southern Alberta people can do." One might question the sincerity of Meiklejohn, after all it is simply a job to him isn't it? Take that subject to him yourself, and take along 12 ounce gloves. Meiklejohn showed his scepticism but how does he feel now? "It has been just a super effort by Southern he states very definitely, "you have shown myself and a lot of other people a great deal." Canada Games are nothing new to Meiklejohn, yet they do hold a special significance for him? He was at the Canada Summer Games in Burnaby New Westminster, as a matter of fact it was Meiklejohn who wrote the bid for Burnaby New West. "I was public relations for New West and I got the two, Burnaby and New West, to each throw in jl.OOO and we were on our admits Meiklejohn. No one has to tell you how successful the Summer Games were. Can we hope to duplicate the efforts of our neighbors to the west? You bet we can and Meiklejohn will be the first to tell us just that. "When you consider the size of .Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, it's says Meiklejohn displaying his own pride in what has taken place. And well he should. "These Games will be the most sophisticated, as far as results are concerned, ever staged. Most of the credit must go to Xerox who have donated equip- ment that would run into almost if you were to rent it. And besides all of that, you must take into consideration the staff that Xerox have on hand at the Games." Meiklejohn, has a great deal of help; and yet one knows that he is the anchorman, in particular where the media is concerned. "There is a lot of ink in these assures Meiklejohn, and he should know. According to Meiklejohn the Canada Winter Games is second only to the Olym- pics. It has all the pageantry and pomp as was witnessed Tuesday evening. "Did you know that the Winter Games you wonderful people of Southern Alberta are hosting is twice as big as the Com- monwealth Games? If you require facts to back Meiklejohn up just look back and you will find that athletes took part in the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand and better than will be competing in the 1975 Games here. "And I was in says Meiklejohn. Meiklejohn has a number of points to make, all of which make a great deal of sense. "Three things stand out in Canada as far as priorities are concerned, the Canadian Broadcasting Association, the Grey Cup and the Canada says Meiklejohn. He leaves little room for argument. "Canada comes together as one as the Games says Meiklejohn. "Every sport has its own opening and closing ceremonies and the interest is lasting." Just as an example, Meiklejohn cited the case of two reporters from New- foundland who covered their team in the Summer Games. "They had never been off the island, yet the Games attracted says Meiklejohn, as he makes a point well taken. The curtain has just risen for the 1975 Canada Winter Games and yet one has to take a second breath when you consider that over meals will have 'to be prepared, "and those are all good quality meals I might chimed in Meikle- john, "and on top of that, the athletes, in combined travel to and from home, will have covered over 12 million air miles. I'm all for giving the keys to the city to Bill Meiklejohn, after all, we have never had the Olympics, and he could help us pull it off. Weatherman making sure these are Winter Games The weatherman is making certain that the 1975 Canada Winter Games are truly winter games. With below-zero temperatures forecast for southern Alberta, it is perhaps fortunate that all sports but the speedskating and skiing are being staged indoors. "The extreme cold is hard on the speedskaters' lungs but the weather will not interfere with the said Brian Luco, technical and facilities manager for the games. Opening ceremonies at the speedskating oval, Canada's only 400-metre facility, are scheduled for a.m. MST with Prime Minister Trudeau planning to take a turn around the course. Actual competi- tion begins at 10 a.m. "The artificial ice will be crisper than usual because of the low said AJHL president Secular levies series of fines RED DEER (CP) A series of fines stemming from a rash of recent brawls were announced today by Jim Secular, President of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Most severely hit were Drumheller Falcons and Calgary Canucks, who were each assessed "team" fines of as a result of a game ending donnybrook in Calgary Feb. 1. The incident resulted in 11 players being tossed out of the game. "The fines were assessed the teams rather than specific individuals because it was dif- ficult in our investigation of the incident to single out ex- actly who or what precipitated the Scoular said. "Coaches Don Phelps of Drumheller and John Bachynski of Calgary were exonerated by the officials for maintaining control over their players' benches, thus ensur- ing additional players did not become involved. "Dick Koentges, Manager of The Pass Red Devils, Doug Messier, coach of the Spruce Grove and Phelps were each fined ISO as a result of other Koentges was fined for "continually directing verbal abuse at officials despite previous and Messier for making "unsport- smanlike gestures at an of- ficial" in Blairmore game, Feb. 1. Phelps was fined because of statements in a Falcons' program which Scoular said were derogatory tp a league member and consequently to the league as a whole. In the article, Phelps called Messier a "garbage accused the Mets of maintain- ing a "goon and of taking "cheap shots" at the Drumheller players. "I realize a bitter rivalry has sprung up between these two teams because.of their battle for first Scoular said. "But comments of this nature certainly do not enhance the image of the coaches in our league." The Falcons and the Mets renew their duel for first place in two more games this weekend with the Mets holding a four point lead. The teams meet in Spruce Grove Saturday and in Drumheller Sunday. Scoular also announced that forward Vince Magnan of Spruce Grove has been suspended for three games for spearing and that a league investigation is continuing into a full-scale brawl which prematurely ended a game in Red Deer Feb. 4. Luco, "but it's not like pond ice which cracks when it is ex- tremely cold." The Westcastle ski resort, where Alpine events begin this morning, reported ex cellent conditions. The hills have a 37-inch base with six fee( of snow on top and 12 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. The snow is dry ant powdery and efforts are being made to pack it down. The only concern was that another snow front appeared to be on its way. "The skiers think it's beautiful, especially those from Eastern Canada who are not accustomed to such con- said Brian Fran- combe, the man in charge of racing. "The only ones who will suffer from the cold are the gatekeepers who have to stand in one place." Other sports scheduled for today are badminton at the University of Lethbridge; basketball at the new seat Lethbridge Sportsplex, the university and in such other Alberta communities as Raymond, Picture Butte and Cardston; curling in Lethbridge, Fort Macleod and Coaldale, and fencing, gym- nastics and synchronized swimming, all in Lethbridge. A list of competitors prepared for the Games show- ed athletes and 384 of- ficials on hand for competi- tion in Lethbridge and 14 other Alberta .communities. The Games are almost exclusively a co-operative venture of southern Alberta, the only ex- ception being Devon, west of Edmonton, where ski-jump- ing will be staged. Quebec, where interest in amateur sports has been stimulated by preparations for the 1976 Olympics, has the largest squad of athletes 202. 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