Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, July 7, THI lITHMIDOt HfftALD 9 Authentic western" atmosphere at The Flying N. A superb place to eat Photos by Herald staff photographer Walter Kerber and courtesy of the management of The Flying N Where To Eat In Canada from Obteron Press 256 pages. Not only is this book a must for any business or vacation traveller, but are you ready for this, Alberta? one of Can- ada's 10 best restaurants is lo- cated just a few miles north of Lethbridge. Yes! Right here in Southern Banking third in the list of the Top Canadian Ten (sur- passing Calgary's Owl's Nest, Vancouver's William Tell and Montreal s Le St.-Amable) is The Flying is at Ckresbolm. Here's what Oberon Press has to say about Claresholm's (and one of Canada's) finest: "You'll remember The Fly- ing N when you've forgotten most other restaurants. In ret- rospect, a haze of unreality hangs about the place. "The location, 65 miles from Lethbridge, on a Second World War airfield accessible only by four miles of unmarked back roads. "The building, a dreary green and white former RCASC sup- ply depot (the heavy floor is great for dances) holding 200 or more people. "And the food home-cooked meals as good as any you'll find in Alberta. "The original restaurant started in 1956 in an old farm- house. Even then it was on an unmarked road the Alberta government prohibits advertis- ing signs along highways. It does permit one directional sign for a registered ranch, so Jean Hoare's farmhouse even- tually became the Driftwillow Ranch. "Distances mean nothing in Alberta and the little place in the country soon had people lined up at the door. "About four years ago, the Hoares decided to solve their problem by moving to the air- port. There were about 300 men employed in industries there who needed lunch, and the vast old depot could take care of dinner. "The Driftwillow became The Flying N, people started arriv- ing by private plane and you may still need to book a week ahead. "The decor is somewhat scat- tery, very western and very unassuming. The main course consists of variations on steak and chicken, all worth trying. "Chicken halves, whether plain ranch fried in butter, oven broiled with barbecue sauce or oven broiled with sauce of curry, mustard and honey, cost "So do the 12-ounce club steak and the shish kebab. The beef fondue is and the 16-ounce Chateaubriand for two. "But, and it's a big but, entree prices include your choice from the Cheddar-cheese buffet dips, appetizers, seafood or fruit cocktail, soup (home-made) or a delicious hot cider, hot braid- ed pull-apart bread, relish- tray, salad, potatoes (out of the or- dessert, coffee and mints. "For dessert you can take your choice of 51 (count 'em) liqueur part aits containing one, two or three scoops of ice cream with or without real whipped-cream topping. "But even more memorable Is The Flying N trademark, the fruit boat (pineapple or wa- termelon which conies Scandanavian style with the meat course. "It's filled with as many fresh fruits as are available. A typi- cal selection might include mel- on and cantaloupe balls, fine strawberries, grapes, cherries, pineapple and kiwi all topped with a gorgeous creme-de- menthe cream sauce. "If you're not an Albertan, act like one and find your way to The Flying N. "The Chuckwagon coffee shop is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.nt, with a cafeteria lunch at noon. The Flying N dinner is served 6 p.m. to p.m. Monday to Saturday, 2 p.m to p.m. Sunday. Licensed." How about that, gang! Hiding out there right under our very palates all this time. The Flying N may .rank third in Canada (according to Oberon Press) but we know better, don't we? Here's the list of also rans across Canada, in order of gourmet preference: (1) Chez Victor, Vancouver; (2) Drury Lane Steak House, Aulac, N.B.; (3) The Flying N, Claresholm; (4) L'Auberge du Gargantua, Perce, Que.; (5) Marshlands Inn, Sackvifle, N.B.; (6) The Owl's Nest (Cal- gary Calgary; (7) Le St- Amable, Montreal; (8) The William Tell, Vancouver; (9) La Terrine, Rimouski, Que.; (10) The Westbury, Toronto. Lethbridge is mentioned in Where To Eat, but only through Sven Erickson's Family Res- taurant. Oberon Press has some kind words for owner Sven Erick- son's friendship with Kentucky fried chicken king Colonel Har- land Sanders and some not so kind words for his sea foods, wine list, desserts and baking. If you disagree with this coast- to-coast survey, despair not. In- cluded in the back of Where To Eat are several blank forms, which Oberon Press asks you to fill out with the name of your favorite restaurant and add your own comments on ser- vice, menu and quality. Tired of sloppy service, inso- lent head waiters, spotted sit verware and Ail, stick-in-your- throat your op- portunity to do something about it. So dig in, Canada; a fork in one hand and your Where To Eat guide in the other. HERB LEGG Patty Volstad and Bing Crosby. Cheese buffet always a treat. Tingling parfait, salad selection, steak and lobster, fresh fruit bowl. The Voice Of One -By. DR. FRANK S. MORLEY Cynicism as a way of life The cynicism which results from gate will have a most corrosive, devastat- ing effect on American life in countless ways and for decades. As the war with Hitler ground to a close, Dr. Joseph Gosb- bels exulted, "Even if we lose, we will still win, for our ideals will have penetrated the hearts of our enemies." In 1963 the American Institute of Public Opinion reported that 68 per cent of the American people would'not allow a Com- munist to make a speech; 66 per cent would ban Communist books from, the library; 90 per cent would fire a Commun- ist from a defence plant job; 91 per cent would fire him from a teaching post; 68 per cent would fire him from a clerk's job; 77 per cent would take away his Am- erican citizenship; 61 per cent would put him in jail; and 64 per cent would give the government a right to listen in on his, or anybody else's telephone conversation. On April 27. 1970, the New York Tunes commented, "Less than a generation ago the tapped wire, the bugged room, the secret informer evoked contempt and ridi- cule in Hie minds of most Americans. These were the marks of police states in a jaded Old World. It could not happen here. It is happening here now." Then in June, 1973, the Times concluded an eight-week investi- gation showing that narcotic raids by po- lice on innocent, terror-stricken families were common occurrences, with killings, beatings, and various indignities. Charles Darwin maintained that "Look- ing to future generations, there is no cause to fear that virtuous habits will grow stronger, becoming perhaps fixed by in- heritance." He rejoiced that "virtue will be triumphant" as man rose "by slow and interrupted steps" to still higher standards of "knowledge, morals, and religion." Sim- ilarly the historian Edward Gibbon came to "the pleasing conclusion that every age of the world has increased and still in- crease the real wealth, the happiness, the knowledge, and perhaps the virtue of tin human race." But in the 20th century Darwin's son, the biologist Sir Charles Gallon Dar- win, held that it would "take a million years before anything notably different will arise in man's nature." The temptation, therefore, is to find that since man has no elevator to Utopia he must take an escalator into the cellar. In an edi- torial in its June 22 issue, Christianity To- day deplores that America has professed adherence to Judeo-Christian ethics" but this way "only lip service." Its pretensions TVWC mere mockery insulting the God whose principles it espoused. Professor P. A. Sorokia has warned that society was witnessing the final stages of disintegra- tion of "sensate culture." The realms of science, law, and the arts hare lost their creativity and become decadent Culture has, divorced from fee Oversold, lost soul. The Bible of today is the Doomsday Book which calls attention to the threefold- crisis in values, disconnectedness, and re- sponsibility. The crisis is far deeper, as Sorokin saw. It is a dreadful malaise, a boredom that reaches into every nook and cranny of life like poison gas, destructive of human person- ality, spawned by situational ethics which permits anything, and a God-is-dead the- ology. Yet toe hopeful fact is that there is a wistfulness, an aspiration among men, a shocked revulsion to evil, a desire for good- ness. Few men do not want their sons and daughters to be people of character rather than crooks But their great dilemma is this, that Nixon and his associates were church-attenders and Billy Graham was frequent, welcome visitor. As for educa- tion, "We said Borgese, author of Goliath, the March of Fascism, "that the universities would be the last to sur- render in Italy. They were the first" Only a rebirth of the human spirit can refeem man and inspire hope. This must be an apo- calyptic age. SATURDAY TALK -By NORMAN SMITH A verdict on health facts Glowing welcome to diners. Comedians Wayne and Shuster at the Flying N with other diners. The headline-catching portion of the study on Health Cave hi Canada, released recently, was the suggestion that doctors should be checked every five years to see if they were retaining efficiency and were aware of sew theories and techniques. Yet, in the clear, restrained language of its author, the recent principal of McGill, the report bears gloomier news than that doctors, like anyone else, grow old. Dr. Rocke Robertson and his research team re- ported to the Science Council of Canada a considerable failure to be able to assess the quality and efficiency of Canada's med- ical services and health care. Their predicament reminds one of the fanner who was asked by a confused tour- ist "am I going the right the fanner replied, "depends on where you want to go." Dr. Robertson advises that it isn't at all clear where Canada should or where it wants to go in health care, let alone how chiefly because ways of measuring the quality of health care in Canada are "in- complete, laborious and probably impre- cise" and "a review of the research and trials in Health Care leads to the conclu- sion that they are inadequate." He claims quality standards of educa- tion, training and technique of doctors, the efficiency of hospitals and laboratories, or the use of finances, are "sparse" and, for the most part, "imprecise." Dr. Robertson's un-arrogant yet incisive report concludes that "in no region of the country is there any organized system of quality assessment in which results from the various sources are assembled and studied, and in which plans are de- veloped for improving quality and nobody is clearly responsible for the quality of care across the board We believe that the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons should be dearly charged with this responsibil- ity." As to hospitals, the report says "the sys- tem has developed as a series of individual enterprises and, speaking generally, these have not fused. Few hospitals know what others are doing. Hospital managers would benefit by knowing what was being done in the way of administrative research in other hospitals." Dr. Robertson, noting Oat hospitals were sometimes described as "an organizations quoted with a smile a Canadian critic who said a tyro hospital board trustee drawn from the ranks of business or industry "is lost in wonder- ment that the institution as organized, can effectively be managed at aft." But if doctors, hospitals and training schemes are disappointing Dr. Robertson has even less commendation for provincial and federal governments. It isn't that their of omission and commission are great- er but that their responsibility should be greater for co-ordination, co-operation and over-all view. He finds this not only to be lacking but possibly one reason why prac- titioners health planners are them- at sixes and sevens. Although the provinces are beginning to move more vigorously Dr. Robertson is Jeery of their attaining too much autonomy making MOM Important moves before proper planning. This is what happened garding hospital insurance and medicare where the resulting problems were largely financial Equivalent mismanagement in plan involving the actual delivery of care could have more serious effects. Dr. Robertson is a man with 13 degrees and the practical experience of a great surgical career which took him to the post of Chief Surgeon of the Montreal General Hospital. This is an urbane report, illuminated with learning and humor but above all stowing conscientiousness in get- ting at the root of the problems. "Bricks are important, but a pile of bricks is not a house." He borrowed that from the Times Literary Supplement He seems to have had in mind many phases of our health prob- lems. Certainly, good people are doing some good things; but he asks if there is a sense of priority, of sharing, of looking ahead, of keeping statistics and standards up to data so that one cap sse what progress has been achieved and whether, in fact, it has been enough. And what of scientific and professional progress if the patient or public (called are neither informed of what is being done nor interested in making a contribution? Dr. Robertson says that the prevention o! illness and disease is least effective "where the co-operation of peo- ple, or the exercise of will power is called upon." This summary of the 237 page report (which Dr. Robertson presented March V, 1972) perhaps overstresses its negative as- pects. The report gives many positive rec- ommendations such as checking up on doe- tors, using more nurses, carrying out bet- ter scientific and administrative research, assuring more continuity in treatment of patients after dismissal, creating more general physicians in relation to special- ists and finding ways and places of earing for people not requiring hospitaHnUon, and so on. Yet I suspect the chief message Dr. Rob- ertson and his colleagues have for us is of concern and even alarm. Wherever he looked he seemed to find more bricks than buildings; more meaningless statistics due to their own inherent faults, because they were prepared for people who bad asked the wrong questions, or because they gave a regional picture not a national one or how the Canadian medical scene compared with that of other countries. With this in- adequate information be asks how one can make valid assessments on what is being done today, Irt alone -what should be done tomorrow. T how one can determine whether medical care is too expensive. He predicts if health and education cosls are allowed to escalate at their present rate they will equal the Gross National Product by the year But to simply announce that costs must be reduced by a tenth, quarter or a half raises the qoesUon of what phase trf medical care should be re- duced. Which plans are the wise plans? Which theories the best? Which traonng Whai balance between federal and provincial authorities and the assort- ed medical-research bodies and practi- tioners will best do the whote job?