One of the many aspects of the ’72 Project that inspires me is that there is a generation of Canadians that have a collective memory of an event or period that happened almost 40 years ago. It’s a pretty rare for that to happen and the fact that the ’72 Summit Series helped unite the country makes it that more special. In asking a generation of baby boomers about the Paul Henderson goal, one of the common responses that I get is, “I remember exactly where I watched the game”.
Over the next year, you’ll hear responses from people across Canada as well as Canadians abroad. “Dean Shaw formerly of Winnipeg recalls his Dad attending the ’72 Summit Series game in Winnipeg. “My dad gave me a game program which I have tucked away”, he comments. For Peter Scarth, that memory coincided with the birth of his son.
You’ll also read weekly stories from notable Canadians in sports, entertainment, politics, business and the arts. I recently interviewed Greg Keelor, from the Canadian band Blue Rodeo. When I asked him his ’72 story, his response gave me goose bumps. You’ll read about his story in the coming weeks.
One thing I know about the question, is I’m not always sure about the response that I’ll get, but I can count on it bringing out a smile.