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This recording features an interview with Harold Glick, a longtime Yellowknife resident who established Yellowknife Radio Limited in 1948. Mr. Glick reminisces about food availability and agricultural production in the early days of Yellowknife, including Dennis Callahan’s farm. He discusses how his business began, and the stock carried by his store, as well as the early Yellowknife phone system. He considers the changes in the city following the arrival of the territorial government in Yellowknife, 1967. Mr. Glick discusses television in Yellowknife during the 1960s, and entertainment in the town during the 1950s, which included parties at Negus Rec Hall, Giant and Con Mine, the legion and other Old Town establishments such as Sleepy Jim’s rooming house and other hotels and cafes. He also speaks about his experience as a volunteer at Yellowknife’s first radio station.
In the second segment of the audio recording, Mr. Glick discusses Yellowknife’s first radio station and its programming. He also speaks about the Caterpillar trains that ran to and from Edmonton before the Mackenzie Highway was built. He discusses his experience raising a family in Yellowknife, and being Jewish in Yellowknife. He also reminisces about notable Yellowknife residents including 100% Jim and Tom Doornbos. He also discusses Latham Island before a bridge was installed to connect it to the mainland, as well as the rationing of liquor sales and enforcement by the liquor vendor.