Mav­er­ick voices

Those part of Glen­bow’s new ex­hi­bi­tion share their thoughts

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Aritha van Herk Au­thor of the book that in­spired

the ex­hi­bi­tion

The open­ing of Mav­er­icks: an In­cor­ri­gi­ble His­tory of Al­berta could not come at a bet­ter time. Al­berta is wel­com­ing so many new­com­ers that now, more than ever, we need to re-dis­cover the pat­terns of our col­lec­tive me­mory, and how that past is re­flected in our present-day cul­tural and so­cial habits. Most of all, this gallery cel­e­brates the un­pre­dictable as­pects of Al­berta’s nu­anced his­tory.

Alison Hart Daugh­ter of Mav­er­ick Stu Hart,

pro wrestling im­pre­sario

My fa­ther would have been hon­oured to have been in­cluded in this ex­hibit. He was a very hum­ble man who sur­vived poverty and home­less­ness at a very early age. He be­lieved in his abil­i­ties and his dreams. My dad was very proud to be a part of Al­berta's her­itage. Many of the other in­ductees in­cluded in this ex­hibit dis­played the same per­se­ver­ance and lead­er­ship. Their con­tri­bu­tions are un­de­ni­able.

Me­gan Mayell grand­daugh­ter of Mav­er­ick James

Mah Poy, Chi­nese restau­ra­teur

He came from China and didn't have much money. He as­sim­i­lated fairly quickly, be­cause he knew it was im­por­tant to be­come part of the grow­ing town, to be a part of the busi­ness end of it. As a child, we all had to work in the cafe. Here I am, seven years old, stand­ing on a wooden Coke box, do­ing the cash for the cus­tomers. Nowa­days, the cor­ner store has been taken over by big chain stores so it's not quite the same.

Peter Lougheed For­mer Al­berta pre­mier,

and Mav­er­ick

I be­lieve that the Mav­er­icks: An In­cor­ri­gi­ble His­tory of Al­berta Gallery is per­haps the most sig­nif­i­cant ex­hibit that the Glen­bow Mu­seum has done in its en­tire his­tory.

I come to this view be­cause the ex­hibit is pro­fes­sion­ally pre­sented and in such an in­ter­est­ing for­mat; and by its na­ture it is very in­for­ma­tive for a wide cross-sec­tion of our cit­i­zens.

Fred McCall Son of Mav­er­ick Fred­die McCall,

First World War fly­ing ace

My fa­ther, Cap­tain Fred­die McCall, was a true Mav­er­ick. Dur­ing World War 1 he shot down 37 en­emy air­craft in less than 10 months. Af­ter the war, he barn­stormed around Al­berta giv­ing fly­ing ex­hi­bi­tions in cities and rural towns, land­ing and tak­ing off from farm­ers’ fields, open­ing new air routes, and risk­ing his life to pi­o­neer avi­a­tion in Al­berta.

Aritha van Herk

Stu Hart

James Mah Poy

Peter Lougheed

Fred­die McCall

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