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January-24-13
ODE TO GLENN
One couldn't really believe the times of the late 70's at Whistler the place was alive with legends of larger than life gods and mythical ski beings with names like; Bunny, Zowie Bowie, The Athans Brothers, Buzzard, Wayne Wong and a young pair who tagged along as the little twins Zip and Zap. There were others…for sure but they were later we were the pioneers.
Epic mountains and majestic ski runs with black diamonds on them …none but the fearless and best dare tread.
This was not something you trained for. You found it. It found you…. it lived in your heart.
Strong, Young invincible and all of us we built, nurtured, experimented in pure laboratory like conditions, youthful inventors bound by the knowledge that we were a part of something new and creative and we all created what is now called Freestyle Skiing.
We whooped and yelled like raptors
Were going down under the Gondola! Franz!!!, Blue Chair!!!, we going hiking to the Black bowl. . Lets go let's go…25-30 runs a day we boasted!!!
Ahh. The sweet chirps of the whiskey jacks, the sun on our faces, the sweet smell of spring skiing and pine, the soft powder snow, the huge moguls. The crisp early morning start down a trackless run.

Names like the ski Boot and the Après Lounge. Jim Mckonkey's Ski Shop, Pierre and Margret Trudeau the World Cup. Franz Klammer, Jungle Jim Hunter, Alice Lake, Nordica Yellow Banana Boots, C4's, Bogner…secret codes of this era. Music of Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles floated in the air.

Racers called us Free-doggers…Man we were free…we were kings…Racers sucked

We all witnessed you Glenn as the instantaneous fans whopped, Yeeeahhhhh!!!! As you boogied under the Gondola as the bug –eyed skiers rode the chair up.

Glenn as a young boys skiers you were Zip and Zaps idol, you were Whistler to my brother and I.
Glenn …go easy into the night may the hero of my youth, go happily that you were a part of heaven, that you skied in heaven, and the memories and glory of our youths carry us forward and act like angels of compassion, good times, happiness and togetherness and comfort you in your next existence…and when my brother and I sit around together tired and hardened by age and events reminiscing …the one thing we will always say is, ”Do you remember Glenn …do you remember Glenn under Blue Chair…yeah that was cool ,he was a hot skier , we wanted to be like Glenn he was the best of old Whistler
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