I don’t know whether we just happened to be at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto when the Hockey Hall of Fame opened its doors in 1961, or whether my father took my older sister and I to the Hall for that very purpose. Regardless, we were there, I was ten, and I had my pen.
I got a bunch of autographs that day, including the three you see here – Clarence Campbell, Conn Smythe and Foster Hewitt. And what I remember most was that Foster was so busy talking to someone he kept my pen and I was too shy to ask him for it. So my sister had to do it for me.
Kind of reminds me of when I got stuck up in a tree and my sister had to help me down before someone called the fire department.
(Please note: The Hockey Hall of Fame moved in 1993 to its present location at Yonge and Front St. in downtown Toronto)