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Norman A. Falkner

A great deal of information remains about Norman Falkner, thanks to skating historian Mel Hepburn, whose scrapbook contains a published tribute by John Booker. According to Booker, Falkner left Saskatoon early in World War I with the 96th Battalion, transferred later to the 21st Battalion, and fought at Vimy Ridge. At Lens his leg was injured, and it had to be amputated. During his convalescence in the winter of 1917-18, he insisted on skating on a nearby frozen pond, much to the chagrin of his nurses. By 1918 he was back in Canada. In 1919 he turned professional and began performing exhibitions, including an appearance at the Greenaway Rink in Saskatoon on February 10.

Booker also described an exhibition in Calgary in 1919. "For the first minute of his exhibition there was no applause but then he fell end-over-end, removing all doubt that there was any gimmick or any invisible wires. The subsequent applause was deafening."

Falkner died in British Columbia 1985 at the age of 92.

Text courtesy of Ruth Millar with special thanks to columnist Eric Burt who published this information about Falkner in his column in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Feb.22, 1992.

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