Flash Back Fridays

AGE WAS NO PROBLEM, PENSIONERS CATCH ‘EM

Campbell River Upper Islander, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1974

Blindness is no handicap, 66-year old Frank Bosco with his catch

Blindness is no handicap, 66-year old Frank Bosco with his catch

Pensioners and retirees comprising a cumuative total of over 1500 years of fishing experience converged on Strathcona Park Lodge Outdoor Education Centre Friday for a weekend of fishing.  The Centre welcomed 47 members of the ‘Golden Rods and Reels’ Club of Burnaby. They got off the bus with two suitcases, one with booze and the other with mostly fishing tackle. Paula Paulson, a youngish lady was the leader. Her father had had a fishing club in Britain. She was totally supportive with her group, laughing and joking with them, sometimes flirting, and they responded with wild excitement. All was well until the middle of the night when one of them fell down the stairs in the college building. Fortunately he wasn’t badly hurt but we were then on high alert. The group also managed to build such a big fire in the barbecue on the deck that they almost burned down the college building. Until that time we used to always turn off the generator at 11 pm. After their visit we decided that it was not a good idea because drunks don’t navigate stairs well at night if it is dark and you never can predict how a particular group, even seniors is going to behave.