Banff Springs Hotel Staff Reunion
Hi Peter! Hi Brooke! It's taken me quite a while to finally decide to contribute to your site and to get organized enough to actually do it. The impetus to do this was a reunion of my own with a good friend that I'd met up at the BSH when we worked together as elevator operators in 1975. Janet is now down in the States- Indiana- her husband is a prof. at Perdue and hadn't been back up toor Banff for years. Last year in October she planned to come to to visit family and me.
I convinced her to take a couple of days and we'd have our own reunion- because it was exactly 30 years!!- and stay up at the 'Springs'. I used my 'Ralph Bucks' - the bonus cheques that Alberta citizens got from the provincial government, and really, one night was all I could afford. But it was a wonderful time and a great amount of fun, albeit way too short. We brought our photo albums and went through them amazed at all the names we still remembered and dismayed at those we couldn't !! I wish we had written on the back of each and every picture but we didn't. I wanted to scan the best pics and send them to you for the website: ESPECIALLY as nobody has made an entry for 1975!!! I now am also including a piece of memorabilia in the form of a 'Fire Station Directory and Instructions' - it's amazing to look back on it and see what was asked of us as employees when we were all just kids and paid an terribly low wage!!! It is so antiquated considering it's only 1975. If it wasn't so serious it would be funny!
Thanks for the site guys - it was a lot of fun to go through it all!
1975 Lower Annex. Photos by Ginna Goodman.