This is the time of year where “wish lists” are quite popular; adults and children alike ponder their “favourite things” to place on their Christmas wish lists! With “favourite things” in mind, I asked our Museum staff and volunteers to share their favourite things in our Museum. Over the next few weeks leading up to our Christmas Break, come in, meet us, and check out some of the items on our Museum List of Favourite Things!
David likes that the Museum exists!
” People can come in and use it without hesitation.
The building itself is a time capsule for all to appreciate. For me, it is a place to learn. ”
Our Deputy Director, WO Mike Barnucz, says that his favourite artefact is the Wing Operations siren control box in our NATO Display. ” As a veteran of the ‘Cold War’, I heard the siren sound many times and have always wondered if the words ‘Exercise, Exercise, Exercise’ would follow. To have a direct link here that affected me and many others, is a reminder to us all that even a ‘Cold War’ had its fears and casualties. ”
Robert loves books and can often by found in our Library! He says, ” I like history and have a few books at home to read. Once I’ve read them I pass them to friends, acquaintances, family, etc. I hate to see books thrown into the garbage or burned. If I have an excess of books I try to pass them on to a school; if they’re in French, I take them to one of our 3 Francophone Schools. ”
Bill likes the exhibit featuring Japan’s Fire Balloons. Bill explains, ” This exhibit is one of my favourites because it has so many different facets to the story. The concept of floating the balloons across the Pacific came about from the early ( 1920s ) work of a Japanese meteorologist Wasaburo Ooishi ( Oishi ) and his early work on the Jet Streams. His published work written in Japanese remained unknown to the west so he learnt the artificial language ‘Esperanto’, but republished in this, his work still remained unread.
The public, both in the States and Canada, remained largely ignorant of these balloons, so it is not surprising that the following story arose. One morning, in Foremost, Alberta, a rancher found one of his cows tangled up in the shroud lines of what was apparently a weather balloon. Outraged, the rancher freed his cow, gathered up the deflated balloon, and slammed the ‘weather recording devices’ into the back of his truck. About two weeks later, he drove into Foremost and unloaded the ‘weather device’ for presentation to the RCMP. Heaving the chandelier on to the desk of a confused Corporal the rancher told him what the government and weather office could do with their ( expletives deleted ) balloons. After the rancher had stormed out, the Corporal called his Staff Sergeant who informed him that there was enough explosive on his desk to wipe out the entire building. A bomb disposal team was dispatched forthwith.
Even to this day, the remains of these balloons are still being discovered. Last year ( 2014 ) two forestry workers found one half-buried in the Monashee Mountains ( eastern BC ) and a navy bomb disposal team had to be dispatched. Next time you go for a hike in the mountains, please be careful. You just never know what you may find. ”
Deb, our new Gift Shop Manager has been busy ordering items that might appeal to your Christmas shopping lists… over the course of the next few weeks, pop in and have a look. These jackets have been very popular ~ do you have a “little person” on your list?