Monday, August 25, 2014
A Legend is Formed
“I got to meet many of the old vaudeville performers and was fascinated by them. I became acquainted with the two stage hands who’d prepare the scenery for each week, and the projectionist, and to understand a little about their work. I was so interested in it all.”
In 1923, Ackery and a friend had enough of cow town and travelled to Vancouver in a cattle car. They had gotten jobs feeding and watering the animals.
However, Ackery had a wander's soul. In April of 1924, he saw an ad by a man driving to Los Angeles who was looking for passengers to help pay expenses. Ivan took a six-month leave of absence from his job and went to the City of Angels. There he got a job as a bellboy at a Los Angeles Athletic club. His warm personality and smile worked for him. By the time he left, six months later, he was head bellboy.
But after the six months were up - the longest he could stay under U.S. law - Ivan was happy to return to Vancouver. Some may say that he went to get a peek at Hollywood and that may be. Either way, it was a lark for him. Fortunately, Ralph Ruffner, the manager of the Capitol Theatre, hired Ackery back and not long after, he was named head usher.
Ivan entered a Charleston contest at the Capitol and with the help of the orchestra, he won. He was then asked to organize and emcee a city-wide Charleston contest. He was nervous about the emceeing but he got over that and became quite good at it. This was a talent that would serve him well in the future.
The History of Metropolitan Vancouver website for the above information.
I hope you find the beauty around you.