What You Said

What You Said

RE: “THE VINTAGE APPEAL”

TREK, Fall/Winter 2012
Wallace Chung donated an outstanding collection of Western Canadian artefacts to UBC

I am delighted to learn that Dr. Wally Chung’s collection of Canadian Pacific shipping memorabilia is to be the subject of a book. Had I known sooner, I could have told the author how my father, C.H. Edmond, came to acquire the artifacts of the first Empress of Japan. When the ship was being broken up in North Vancouver, he was horrified that only the steel was considered of value, and managed to secure the wood, brass and other items that Dr. Chung acquired in 1963. In fact, my father was quite active in conveying these items to Dr. Chung, and died only in 1970. I later donated one or two remaining items to the collection.

In addition to those mentioned in the article, the relics included a “chart desk,” in which marine charts were stored, the hinged top of which holds three round side-by-side brass-framed ports through which chronometers, critical to navigation, could be viewed. My father used to jokingly wonder how many officers’ “waistcoats” had been worn out in the process, because the front edge of the top was concave from wear caused by viewing the chronometers directly downward.

Thomas Dunbar, a Scottish-trained master cabinet maker, built for my father a drop-leaf table from Empress teakwood, still in my possession, and I also have a small glass-front wall cabinet, said to be from the chief officer’s cabin. I hope someday to arrange to add these items to the Chung collection.

I am extremely pleased that the result of my father’s initiative of over 80 years ago has found a permanent home owing to Dr. Chung’s life-long dedication to his passion.

John Edmond, BA’64

Thank goodness for generous folks like Wallace Chung. I hope to see some of his gift to UBC, especially the model of the Empress of Asia, the next time I am in Vancouver. While attending UBC I spent some summers working on tugs and will never forget the ships from all over the world that came in to Vancouver.

Michael A. Williams, BCom’56

RE: “A RUNNING START”

TREK, Fall/Winter 2012
Clinical orthopaedics professor Shafique Pirani has dramatically improved prospects for thousands of children born with clubfoot.

Great article. I volunteered with Hip Hip Hooray Orthopaedic Walk for many years. Thanks to Dr. Pirani, children in Canada as well as other parts of the World will see a brighter future. Dr. Pirani is inspirational, caring and dedicated. It is great to hear about the Uganda Clubfoot project and where it’s at today.

Trish Silvester-Lee, BPE’83

I trained at the UBC Medical School and Dr. Pirani was one of my instructors. He was humble and had a limp just like the article says, but I never knew any of those other things about him. Orthopaedics is my passion. I work as an emergency physician at the Whistler Health Care Centre and have the privilege of treating many acute orthopaedic injuries even though I never completed a specialty in Orthopaedic Surgery. I feel very blessed to have had Dr. Pirani as one of my instructors.

Monika Rempel, MD’92

Trek Note: On March 15, 2013, we learned that CIDA will provide $4.3 million to Sustainable Clubfoot Care in Bangladesh, with Shafique Pirani and Richard Mathias, a professor in the School of Population and Public Health, leading the project.

RE: “CITR: THE LITTLE STATION THAT COULD”

Trek Online, February 2013
For 75 years, CiTR radio at UBC has been launching successful careers and lasting friendships.

CiTR was an important part of my time at UBC. I volunteered, was traffic director and a radio host (Meet Ida Been show, 1990-94). I enjoyed your historic recount, but can’t understand how you could not mention Nardwuar the Human Serviette, a mainstay for almost 30 years! Everyone likes to talk about Pierre Berton’s involvement. However, no one has had more of an impact on “the little station that could” than Nardwuar.

Kerry Kotlarchuk, BCom’94

I have great memories of my affiliation with CiTR in the late 70s and early 80s. It was an exciting time of expansion for CiTR and the emergence of punk, new wave and a vibrant local music scene. CiTR played music of bands which have become legend and that commercial radio would not play at the time, such as the Stranglers, XTC, Clash, U2, and the Specials. Local bands aired included DOA and Pointed Sticks. I remember the “Rebel without a Pause.” I made lasting friendships at CiTR with people who have gone on to have creative and impressive careers. Happy 75th CiTR!

Bill Sundhu, BA’80

These comments were sent in by readers or posted on the Trek magazine website, and some have been edited for length. Online comments can be read in full at trekmagazine.alumni.ubc.ca

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