Hubris, hyperbole, hope and hockey

Illustration by Malcolm Jones As summer wanes and autumn beckons, millions of Canadians of a particular persuasion get ready to board the annual nine-month, 82-game roller coaster. That is the lot of the hometown hockey fan, especially if you carry the torch for a certain Toronto franchise decked out in blue and white. Every year it’s the same. When the...
  • Humour Hunt

    November 3, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Mavis Schultz of Eckville, Alta., relates that a Canadian officer in Korea had a houseboy whose fragile grasp of English often produced results as frightening as front-line combat. The Korean would wake the officer in a loud whisper: “Captain, your time has come.”...
  • Humour Hunt

    August 20, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    C.F. Waite of Oakwood, Ont., wrote: The sergeant came into the barracks and asked if anyone knew shorthand. A recruit raised his hand. “Good,” said the sergeant. “Get over to the cookhouse. They’re short-handed.”      ...
  • Humour Hunt

    August 18, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    William Mills of San Diego, Calif., says that during the Second World War an ugly rumour once went around London that the pubs were going to close at least an hour earlier, at 9 p.m. One regular was asked what he thought about such a...
  • Humour Hunt

    August 13, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Now, two leave stories, both from Jeffery Hanley of Vernon, B.C. A friend of mine was one day late from leave and telegraphed his commanding officer (CO): “Unable to return to duty because of unexpected snowstorm. Will return as soon as possible.” The CO telegraphed...
  • Humour Hunt

    August 11, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Dave Richards of Calgary joined the armed forces shortly after unification and wore the standard green uniform when it was relatively unknown. On one of his first leaves, he was in downtown Victoria waiting for a bus. As he tells it: “An older man at...
  • Humour Hunt

    June 11, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Rev. George Beach of Port Dufferin, N.S., says this incident took place at No. 4 RAF Air Gunnery School at Walney Island in northwest England during WW II: The station warrant officer, a regular known as Little Willie throughout the RAF, was not happy with...
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