Ivan was fond of Cooper and the tall, lanky American liked the theatre manager. On at least five occasions, Cooper came to Vancouver and would call Ackery to get together for talk and drinks. Cooper wasn't as reserved as he appeared.
“The first afternoon Coop called on me,” Ivan recalled, “we went out and spent several hours in one of our local bootleggers exchanging philosophies of life and all those profound things one discusses in an afternoon at the bootleggers. We were joined by Mayor Hume and some fellows from the CBC. Gary was expected at the home of a socially prominent family, but he didn’t want to go."
“Out onto the stage we waltzed—the stocky Bristolian and the lanky American, full of warmth and good humor. I apologized to our audience for the fact that we were both rather well toasted, and then Gary and I joked with each other and the audience for a few minutes. When we returned backstage, he put his finger beside his nose and in that inimitably mischievous way of his, with his eyes a-twinkle, he said, ‘Ivan—guess what? Your zipper’s undone.’ And, ye gods, he was right!”
That's not the end of the story though. One of the senior staff at the Orpheum was leaving that night and, as was custom, a farewell party was held for him or her. “and danced with every girl in the place, including the cleaning ladies whom he sought out for a turn around the lobby.
“Down Granville Street,” he replied.
“Could you give us a lift to the Hotel Vancouver?” Coop asked.
“You bet! Climb aboard!” And off they went aboard the water wagon.
I want to thank The History of Metropolitan Vancouver website for the above information.
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