In Getting More Tale #521, we discussed the pros and cons of DVD recorders, a now-outdated technology. In short the cons were the price, but the pros were the ability to keep a television recording virtually forever. DVD recorders were meant to replace VCRs. A VCR and a decent quality tape could enable you to keep a recording for a couple decades, at least.
I lamented that one recording that we lost on our old PVR was a vintage re-run of Hockey Night in Canada, May 8, 1994. My wife, Mrs. LeBrain, had the honour of meeting Don Cherry that night, and got to be on Canada’s most popular television show. Periodically, Leafs TV would re-run the old games, and we recorded it the last time it was on. However this was lost when the PVR bit the dust.
If only we had a working VCR…
Well, as it turns out, Geoff from 1001AlbumsIn10Years has a working VCR. Not only that, but he also possesses an original recording of that night’s hockey game from over 22 years ago! He dug it out, and sent the below video to me.
That’s Jen with her Dougie Gilmore sign, and Canada’s national treasure Don Cherry.
The story goes, Jen’s dad won a radio contest to see the Maple Leafs wherever the next round of the playoffs were being held. That happened to be San Jose, California. This happened to fall on Mother’s Day. Jen’s dad intended to take her mom on a nice vacation. This however was not to be, not after a young crying Jennifer bellowed “But mom doesn’t even LIKE hockey!” It was true, and Jen got to go with her dad.
Thanks Geoff — you have no idea how much this video means to us!
Mike + Jen