Bert’s Parents

Bert’s parents, Lillian and Meyer Fine were often at camp.

Meyer Fine enjoyed leading activities – especially puppet-making.  For a time, every camper received their own wooden puppet. He had the nickname , “Grandpa Doodle”.

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Ribbon-cutting to begin soapbox derby ca. 1963.  Ribbon is being held by Mike Shulman (right).

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Making puppets in 1960. Paul Sobel in the background.

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Lillian Fine, outside the Peewee fence. ca 1965

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Bert and Lillian tour camp in 1988.

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The Spiral Slide

The red spiral slide in the Peewee/Muppet unit was an iconic feature at the camp.  It was purchased in the early 60s.  It was manufactured by Blue Imp. in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The company is still in business today and according to their website, they pioneered the stainless steel spiral slide – and this is an early model!  Never seen another like it.  According to the current president of the family-owned business, this slide first appeared in their catalogue in 1962.  He recalled seeing them manufactured when he was a boy. The final design was slightly different leading him to speculate that the slide at camp was an early version – from 1960 or 1961.

The slide was featured in several camp brochures and was a popular attraction through 1993.  It was removed in 1995 as part of the demolition as it no longer met playground regulations.

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