I am amazed.
I just found something so crazy on the internet. This is something I never expected to find because it is something that I wasn’t even looking for!!
It’s a collection of 8 audio recordings of my Poppa (paternal grandfather), Walter Edmund Apps being interviewed in Burnaby, BC on February 22nd, 1990.
I found it quite by accident, I mean I had no idea that they even existed.
Let me explain.
I was doing some research on my Grandma, Margaret Hope Newitt Apps. I knew that she worked for some time as an Art Teacher in the Burnaby area. I had heard that she may have made a few art pieces that were displayed at one point in the Burnaby Library and/or a retirement home in the area. So I started a google search for the Burnaby Library in the 1970s – 1980s. That brought me to the Heritage Burnaby website.
In the search bar I simply typed in “APPS” and clicked enter.
At first I didn’t know what I had just discovered.
The title was “Interview with Edward Apps by Rod Fowler.”
Then I read the biography…
wait a second…
Hold up, did I just read he purchased a lot in Burnaby for $ 150.00 ?!
Where is Marty McFly when you need him?!
(Interesting sidenote – Michael J. Fox also went to school in Burnaby)
Anyhow, that definately WAS my grandfather they were interviewing !! Mostly people called him Ed or Eddie as far as I remember. (His middle name is actually Edmund, not Edward). Of course I started listening to the audio clips and to me they are pretty darn cool. As his grandaughter, I may be a little biased.
He was interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee’s oral history series titled “Voices of Burnaby.”
I sure enjoyed hearing his voice.
Here’s a brief overview of each track.
Track 1 – is about his involvement in community organizations.
Track 2 – is about the changes in Burnaby since he arrived. Also about his service in the war and why he and Margaret moved to Canada.
Track 3 – is about his work as a Foreman Painter for the Burnaby School Board.
Track 4 – is his views about the political development in the north and south of Burnaby.
Track 5 – is about his views on Ratepayer Associations (something for me to google later on.)
Track 6 – is about the history of his home on Triumph Street and changes in the neighbourhood.
Track 7 – is about his children and Margaret’s role in lobbying to declare Burnaby a Nuclear Free Zone.
Track 8 – is about his involvement in seniors organizations.
Anyhow, if you’re at all interested in hearing about Burnaby as he remembers it or if you’re related to Eddie (and me), here is the link to the website with all of the audio clips.
I did actually find something on the same website about my Grandma… a black and white photograph of a mural that she painted in 1966 on Hastings Street. Just keep scrolling down the same page past all the audio interviews, you should see a section called “Completed Mural.”
It just goes to show you that good things can come from unexpected places! I love how even after more than a quarter of century has gone by since he passed away, I am still learning about who my Poppa was.