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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Oclobtr 1970 THf LETHRRIDOI HERALD g Builders Of The South Margaret Luckhurst Work And Challenge Keeps Shack Young rpHE TROUBLE with all your stories of old tuners is you make everyone sound too Alfred William Shackle ford Shack announced recent ly when approached for an in We werent all a bunch of dogooders with halos over our heads you And in order to get things moving in this town there were times when we had to take measures not acceptable to people who were against changs who hated to see signs of So whenyou write about please tell it like it is and dont flatter me too theatre man and former civic and commun ity leader was recently involved in the sad process of moving out of the old Capitol Theatre which he opened on Thanks giving Day Like a once lovsly woman now faded with the ornate old building was reduced to a mere shell of its former The seats were the sound equipment had been sold and the where many performers had done their was cluttered with theatrical After forty years of associa Iton with this place I feel like crying every time I see it Shackleford but sen timent has to give way to prac and big places like this are not needed any more todays theatre Ik Its closer to fifty years since Shackleford first got into the theatre business winch side tracked him from a budding career as a Kids ask me today how I got my he and I have to tell them it was plain hard Nobody gave me any I just plugged hustling ushering in the theatre and saving up my nickels and When our family came to Calgary from In he I was only nine years but even then 1 kept an eye out for odd My father was an engineer and hoped I would take up some similar careerI was a pretty good and graduated from the Calgary Prevocational and Technical Institute with 1st class honors in applied drafting and mathe For about 18 months I worked as draftsman with Burns and Company Packers and but I wasnt real ly all that sold on my I guess I had spent too many hours around doing one job and At any when I was offered the job of managing the Kings Theatre hi I jump ed at the I was to be paid a week that was a nice little bundle in those in the 20s had too many theatres for a town of its The which was sit uated on 5th Street was in competition with the more impressive which was right next the Colonial down the street and the Majes tic which is now Purity The Kings wasnt a new thea tre having been built in Shackleford It was first called the then the I guess he owners thought by changing the name theyd improve their It didnt work quite that The Kings by any name just barely kept its head above water for the first year or so I was its If I hadnt stuck with which werent too fashionable at tha I guess wed have been in real but the west erns saved While other theatres were going under were holding our We never lost money but we didnt make much In 1922 young Alf Shackle ford married Ada Crofts of Cal gary and assumed the respon sibilities of a married man The times were not easy any where in he and the entertainment busi ness always reflects the eco nomic conditions of the coun owner of the Kings theatre became involved in a kind of family intrigue and I was jockeyed out of my posi We moved back to Cal gary for a time where I tra velled for a film but within a few months I was ask ed if I would return to Leth bridge to manage the We took it on for a year and quite enjoyed the We made it pay even though it was long before the days of We had to sweep tile water off the ice in between hockey but it was kind of fun everybody liked the hockey in those But the lure of the theatre could not bo turned In 1925 with the assistance of a silent Shackleford bought the lease of the Kings and went into the entertainment business in Eventually of course my partner and I decided to close the Kings and concentrate on better class movies which were plentiful at the end of the dec We bought the the former renovated it changed the name to the and by the end of 1929 had great crowds flock ing to see talking In the ensuing during the dirty Shack leford and his partner were to control the three major thea tres hi The on the north side of town was in dependently owned and did quite well for a number of years before it Shackleford Perhaps it sounds as if we ran a theatre empire here in but depression we had lots of Patrons didnt have much money for entertainment and we had more seats than we neededWe had to drop the prices to thirtyfive and some times even Saturday of course was always the big matinee show for the and they could see about four hours of show for a We liked this part of the business kids are such responsive cheering the good guy and booing the The outcome of the Shackle ford business growth was the eventual development of Leth and Leth bridge Amusement The lat ter opened a pavilion at Hen derson Lake were held to Mart Kenny and his band and other name bands the could This was a good idea for a especially during the before cars took peo ple away And during the early part of the peo ple would always out to dance to Mart but it took some doing him the theatre busi ness has been a major interest in his it was not his only one by a long Shackleford I was always interested in the growth and development of the so that when I was approached to take a fling at politics in I decided what the there were things I to see done in town and Id better get in there and see what I could That Shackleford was elected by acclamation to council for a twoyear We went slambang into the hectic times of he The city had been at a stand still during the depression and just when the economy was opening up a bit the govern as a war re stricted all work There was very little unneces sary building so the city didnt we realized some economic expansionwhen the bombing and gunnery school and then the government developed the pris oner of war camp on the edge of the It should be said that the Japanese who were brought here during the early part of the war really saved the sugar beet We owe a great deal to these In 1944 Shackleford was elected In those days the mayor was elected by coun I believe this to be a good system for the managerial type of government we have The mayor is something hke the chairman of a board of di rectors if he isnt they can get rid of The present system of elected mayor means that if he isnt the council and city are stuck with him for three I expect my ideas on this sub ject are old Mayor Shackleford was to serve at one of the busiest and most progressive times in the citys in cluding my own two were coming home and we had to have jobs for them and some where for them to he We build peace time which veterans could get for a minimal down But other services were badly In the 50s the baby boom which followed the war resulted in a shortage of school crowded even crowds at the picture which I per sonally didnt object forwe were going into the Paramount and the smaller cinemas and driveins by that In the years following his first election to council Shackleford was to serve as alderman a total of 24 years in cluding 10 years as mayor at different I kept thinking Id like to he but something would come along that interested me and my friends on the would urge me to and I guess I was never renlly sorry I stayed with it so It was always es pecially during the war years when so many ethnic groups brought the culture of their stimulating what was hero to a lesser The building of the Yates which is booked solid most of the has encouraged many hitherto dormant art such as the various musical groups and little While Shackle ford was involved in many community programs which worked for development of the Now if you list all activities Ive worked with it will sound too he and other people have done as Al though I cant pick out any par ticular favorites I had an inter est I must mention I was pleased to assist in getting the Lethbridge and Exhibi tion established as a first class I served as president for a number of I also was one of the founders of the Gait Rehabilitation president of the Cancer the Gyro Club and the Salvation Army Advisory A look at Shacklefords file indicates he has also served many other organizations in capacities president of the Alberta Theatre Associa tion president of Lethbridge Community Chest Past Master of York Lodge number 119 past director and Blind Institute honorary life member of Green Acres Kiwan is President of Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden So cisty of Augustines Anglican Church secretary of Mi chaels Hospital Board and so How did he get the time to look after serve the and keep track of all his organizational obligations It wasnt and still Shackleford admit ted But I have my two older sons in the and that has always been a help someone to mind the store while Dad is sort of Our third son is a petro leum engineer so didnt get bitten by the theatre My wife helps so with a family lending plenty of support Ive been able to keep my hand in on community Shackleford likes to boast that for a brief time he was the worlds bestknown I didnt run for this particular or popularity contest or whatever you like to call he I got it by and Im not kid I was introducing the beauty queen at the Valentine Dance here when I took hold of the handle of the public ad dress and then grabbed the radio station mike Instantly an electric cur rent went through my body and froze my hands to the Radio announcer Joe McCallum and alderman Cliff Black tried to pry my hands loose while I was pppull out the Somebody had presence of mind to turn off the current and I let Orval the Herald photog rapher took my picture just as the current was roarin through my and this picture be came world winning Brunelle the national news paper award and for the best spot news I ap peared in practically every paper on the as well as and in magazines likeLook and Its a rotten way to gain fame I must I wasnt seriously hurt but I suppose I could have After such a busy is he looking forward to retirement I dont Its pretty hard to slow down but my wife wants to do some tra velling so I guess we from time to I expect Ill always keep a finger in some of my former interests Its hard not to after so many Lethbridge has been good to us and it has been a privilege to be a part of this community and participate in so much its rapid I would hke to think that during the 50 years we have served Lelhbridge and district that our service has been one of integ rity and high I would be remiss if I neglected to say that my personal efforts would have been impossible had it not been for the assist ance of my and my loyal secretary Miss Florence Crofts who been my right hand 45 Ours has been a family and I hope my sons will carry on in the theatre tradition for a good many to Alfred William Shackleford Photo By Walter Kerber Book Reviews Buckleys Skill With Words The Governor Listelh A Book of Inspired Political Revelations by William P u t n a distributed by Longmans Canada BY choosing a title from the King James Version of the William hits his conservative stride from the New transla tions are a lot of semantical The old is best even though words such as listeth are described in The Oxford Dictionary as no that the phrase from the letter that should be epistle of James is likely to be unintelligi ble to modern Buckley supplies a modern version whithersoever the governor listeth means wherever the pilot Although Buckley says that he wants to be taken seri ously desiring to along the lines he listeth one is tempted to think he must bo putting his readers on at He has to be joking when he follows a modern translation of a New Testament lesson with the King James Version in brackets as if it demonstrated beyond cavil the barbarousness of the Could anything more clumsy to modern ears than thoii also wast with or the cock crew The conservative case is by this npparrnt no tion that the oni is good simply because it isnt Even the King James Version of the Bible was once new and de spised as a barbarous innova There is something to be said for conservativisni and William Buckley is capable of saying it and saying it extremely He says that the responsibility of conservatives is to defend what is best in Why the limiting qualification of in America is necessary is sure ly open to America is not necessarily the apogee The negative con notation of defend also seems Surely con servatism is not to be under stood simply a a reflex to lib Yet such a conclusion would be hard escape in reading this book which is Books In Brief More Glooscap Stories by Kay Hill McCIcllaml ami JT IG H T E E N more talcs based on legends of the Wabanaki Indians of Canadas eastern woodlands are here made available to those have enthusiastically acclaim ed two previous Magic and unlabored morals arc the substance of these easily read stories niaf more pleasant by big type and the illustrations of John Ham mainly ridicule of all that Buckley Much of the writing in these 126 pieces published elsewhere between 1967 and 1970 with a couple of exceptions is daz zling or His com ment about Professor John Kenneth Galbraith is unforget table he always gives the impression that he is on very temporary leave of absence from where he holds classes on the maintenance of divine William Buckleys reputation as a peerless debater is not en hanced by the pages review of his encounter with Gore Vidal during the presi dential nominating comveiiions in The fact that Vidal shows up less admirably per haps than Buckley is likely to provide little satisfaction to even the most ardent conserva Putnams editors should have talked Buckley out of re viving the memory of those They would have been equally well advised not to have allowed their author to include his 22 page narrative of a sea voyage at the end of the It is impossible not to agree with William Buckley on some And it might be impos sible to win a debate with him on those with which one dis He is so skilful with wofiis that only brave or foolish people would attempt to joust with DOUG Focus on the University By FISHBOURNt Troubled Times For Education JF there is anything that is really cer besides the proverbial death and it is that the whole business of education is in for some troubled during the On the surface it looks like lack of funds the real problem is that the tax payer is no longer satisfied with what hes geting for his His attitude isnt going to so sooner or edu cation will have I hope it doesnt take too As always there will be a tendency to identify the most immediate pressure as the most so I expect to see our universities burning a lot of midnight oil over the dollar situation in the next few months and probably I suppose this is but it does seem rather a shame that so much time and talent is going to be expended on bud and all the rest of It may seem important to some and per haps a certain amount of it is even neces But I am afraid it is really a mat ter of bailing a leaky boat while this keeps people occupied as the boat is it is more comforting than con It doesnt i patch the It is time people both inside and out side the started facing the simple fact that the university operation we are familiar is just about This should be perfectly clear to anyone who takes the trouble to look at he situa tion Tp those of you who havent per haps it can be spelt Look at the dol lar According to a brief recently received by the Worth about 8 billion dollars is being spent on educa tion in Canada this year the same type of projected ten will have a price tag closer to 40 For Al berta the current figure of about 700 million dollars would rise to somewhere between and 2 Whether we can afford or should afford this kind of money is really not the point the fact is that we are not going Right in the bill for education amounts to 14 per cent of the personal in come of its Thats about as far as the taxpayer is likely to and the politicians know Of these figures cover the gamut of education not simply universi ties But perstudent cost at univer sity is dramatically when compared to other parts of the educational and even the current high enrolment rep resents only a small fraction of the popu So when the politicians stop whit tling and start using ihe it will fall first and hardest on the And it is a simple economic fact of life that if you cannot finance whatever it is youre you do something else or go Because it would be ally and otherwise to allow the univer sities to go they are certain to But the kind of institution that will emerge from the lean years ahead is another It is just possible that the people inside the universities still have the choice as to who will answer that themselves or forces outside the I wish I could be sure they will take advantage of what may be the last oppor tunity to decide their own They have lived in their own dream world for so content with the illusions created by their own that they may find1 it hard to deal with a real and modem I hope theyll open their eyes even if the sand smarts a little and start shaping their institutions to meet modern needs and conditions as uni If they the politicians will turn them into what they want glorified trade The Voice Of One By FRANK MORLFT The Conscience Of England 1VO man more than Charles Dickens ex pressed the nineteenth century con science of England and on this hundredth anniversary of his death it is irritating to read the numerous criticisms of Dickens as a a and a social reform He did not possess and did not pretend to possess the gift of logical and artistic Emerson and Thoreau once in conversation agreed that wild writing was the only worthwhile writing and they disliked the puny pundits with shallow When Dickens worked too hard over his plot and as in Barnaby Rudge or A Tale of Two be loses power and Possibly he is disliked by some because of Ms unhappy marriage and unsatisfac tory Or perhaps because the Russians fill their shelves with his books to pillory twentieth century England for her nineteenth century Others may dis like him because he was so critical of tha church for her social failures as Quil ler Couch Dickens had little use for religious forms and religious But Dickens did write a Life of Jesus for his advised his son to observe morning and evening prayers as he did him and wrote in a preface to Pickwick Papers a warning against confusion be tween religion and piety and pre and It is never out of season to protest against the familiarity with sacred or against that confounding of Christianity with any class of persons who have just enough religion to make them hate and not enough to make them love So he wrote his son I now most solemnly impress upon you the truth and beauty of the Christian religion as it came from Christ Himself and the impos sibility of your going far wrong if you humbly but heartily respect So he de nounced the No Popery riots and when he saw the torture chambers at Avignon he poured out language of fearful condem Dostoievski called him the greatest His Christmas Carol has dona more good than ten thousand His the kindness of his his humor and make his caricatures though they often robustly Somerset Maugham thought Falstaff the greatest comic character in literature and Micawber the very next to But Dickens could pass from Pickwick to Oliver from comedy to The Old Curiosity Shop came out in serial form and when Little Nell died prominent states men and businessmen wept This was the by the way that most pro foundly influenced It is impos sible to believe that any could read David Copperfield without his heart being twisted by that passionately personal docu Dickens liked to walk at and es pecially he liked to visit the scenes later to appear in his In New York he relates he was up half the night with two constables visiting every abode of vil lainy in In the day he visited pri and social James Fields tells of accompanying him in London on midnight walks into the lodging bouses of the In his novel he attacked and other personal but be also attacked the brutal in dividualism with its social indifference of Adam the and Darwinian survival of the He de dicated himself to lighten the lot of those rejected ones whom the world has too long forgotten and too often Writing out the misery and poverty of his with astonishing he did more than any man of his tune to ame liorate tile social injustice and horrors of the industrial No writer more sympathetically portray ed the characters that lived in his entered into their devotions and As Louis Caramian states in his History of English Dickens lacked something in and realism though some able men would argue strongly against but among Engbsh novelists he is probably the most the most and the greatest of them NonSmokers Make Progress From The Christian Science Monitor AT the recent National Conference on Smoking and Health held in San Di these figures were given out in the past four at least million per sons gave up smoking and for the first time the number of women smokers de clined by Women have been the most recent growth target for the tobacco come a long baby and all Students of the smoking problem say that women may have a different set of tives for keeping up the Smoking may have become a symbol of emancipa tion they And they hope that one of the gains of womans liberation may be that such symbols will be less important for ler In any men have done somewhat better in the nonsmoking category to date half of previous male smokers who have tried giving up the habit have done compared with third among The art of getting off smoking is still to say the for a twoweek stopsmoking cruise to the Caribbean was advertised in full page In the past few years 29 million Ameri cans have stopped This remark able fact alone should help dispel the mysti que of smoktags socalled But what is most needed is a clearer awareness that no real emancipation or relaxation can be gained from puffing some tiling lighted at one Peace and free dom upwell within and are spirit ually ;