Sports

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               MB:       Some of kids I guess still have [the photo], I kept it around for years, and years, and years. The basketball team that we had, not that we won anything in particular, but at that particular time Benny Pastinsky was a cub reporter for the Vancouver Province and he arranged for us to have a picture taken. We became a little bit infamous. We were amateurs, and to do anything outside of BC for instance, you have to get permission from the amateur association. We used to go down to Seattle and Portland and play the Jewish boys down there, the YMHA, or if it wasn’t YMHA, it was still...[Tape cuts out]...or whether we had a little publicity about it or what, I don’t recall. They were going to suspend us. Big deal. We were all 15 years old, but anyway, that blew over in any case.

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RT:         Now I understand Bill that you were a curling star [laughs].
 
WM:      Yeah, I was involved in most sports throughout high school and in university. But curling was my forte, because I had curled back in Saskatchewan where I was born. When I joined the curling club in Kimberley, I had my own rink, as per se. However, I joined another chap to try out for the provincial championships in 1956 and we were lucky enough to win and we represented British Columbia back in Moncton that year, unfortunately we didn’t do very well [laughs]. I think our record was four wins and six loses but at least it was a real memorable event for me. It really stood out in my mind. It still has. I curled oh, for approximately six or seven years after that until my knees finally gave out, [the] cartilage. And at that time I quit.

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               DS:         Actually in 1934 I came out here, I didn’t know anything about golf. I came up to play football and basketball for Vancouver from the Prairies. I took up golf about ’47. ’46 or ’47. Shortly after that we organized a group of players that used to play at a public course called Langara. And from that, [we] developed a [golf] organization. Cedarcrest was, consisted of about 50 players of various means. They weren’t all rich golfers, some of them just worked in stores and they played…But we joined together at that time so we could have some tournaments or some little get togethers.
 
CL:         This was…Was Cedarcrest entirely Jewish golfers?
 
DS:         Yes, and what we used to do was go over to Peace Portal for tournaments as well. And we had the odd one at Langara or Fraser golf course, all of which were public courses.
 
[Tape cuts out].
 
CL:         Okay, we can proceed. This was really post-World War II…
 
DS:         Yeah.
 
CL:         …at that time. What was the instigation for the Jewish golfers to get together? Did they naturally band together or were they prevented from joining other clubs?
 
DS:         Well, unfortunately at that particular time there was an antipathy, I guess, of most private clubs towards having Jewish golfers come in any large numbers. And a few of us who wished to join private clubs and get away from this standing in line to try to get on to the golf course, found that the only way we could have a private course would be to have our own. And so we had a meeting of Cedarcrest golfers and a committee was struck to go out and look for a golf course which we could possibly purchase. Gleneagles in West Van turned out to be that course. We bought it for a very nominal sum, we only paid $50,000 for it originally.

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Object id: 
L.17185

Black and white photograph depicts Bert Waldman organizing little league for young Jewish kids at the grounds of the King Edward High School (across from the old Jewish Community Centre). Bert Waldman was the first Habonim organizer; leader from Winnipeg.

Date: 
1949
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Object id: 
L.17150

Black and white photograph depicts a group of people playing badminton.

Date: 
1948
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Object id: 
L.17120

Black and white photograph depicts people doing archery.

Date: 
1952
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Object id: 
L.17119

Black and white photograph depicts girls playing badminton.

Date: 
1952
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Object id: 
L.17118

Black and white photograph depicts people playing volleyball.

Date: 
1952
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Object id: 
L.17117

Black and white photograph depicts boys playing basketball.

Date: 
1952
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Object id: 
L.17116

Black and white photograph depicts boys playing ping-pong.

Date: 
1952