Sunday, July 29, 2012

Canada – Alberta III

With the start of the Olympics this week, a card courtesy of Glenn from another Olympic city, Calgary, which hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, having previously bid for the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Winter Olympics, losing out to Innsbruck, Grenoble and Sapporo, respectively. Perseverance pays off in the end! In that honour, I'm introducing an Olympic Cities label to commemorate all the places that have hosted that great event.

The card, as you can see, has nothing to do with the Calgary Olympics, of course, but rather features a chuck wagon race at the Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo and festival that celebrates its hundredth birthday this year. My thanks to Glenn for the card.

Three stamps from a set of four featuring Canadian "Difference Makers". Rick Hansen is a celebrated Canadian Paralympian who circled the world in his wheelchair to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord research. He's also from my dad's small hometown! Louise Arbour is a war crimes prosecutor who later served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Michael J. Fox is an actor who was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease and has since dedicated himself to increasing research into the disease. 

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