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- DescriptionBig dreams, dashed hopes and romance are at the heart of this biography of Norma and George Pocaterra. The story begins in 1903 when George Pocaterra left Italy and came to the Canadian Rockies with hopes of striking it rich. George is best kwn for establishing the Buffalo Head Ranch in the foothills of Alberta. He developed a close friendship with members of the Stoney Indians, and was one of the first n-Natives to explore much of what is w called Kananaskis Country. In 1933, he returned to Italy, where he met and fell in love with Norma Piper, a young Calgary singer who had moved to Italy to study opera. They eventually married, and George took over the management of Norma's rising operatic career. World War II forced a return to Canada in 1939. In Calgary, Norma became part of the local music scene, giving concerts and teaching singing at Mount Royal College. In 1955, she started her own studio and over the next 25 years became one of Calgary's most loved music teachers. George, meanwhile, continued with his coal-mining ventures, although he suffered bitter disappointments. Drawing on personal diaries and correspondence, the authors have created an intimate portrait of these remarkable Albertans who became, each in their own way, legends in their lifetimes.
- Author BiographyJennifer Hamblin is a reference librarian at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta.She holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in history from McMaster University. She first became interested in the Pocaterras when she was asked to arrange and describe their personal papers while she was working as an archivist for the Glenbow. Born in Cuba, David Finch was raised in Venezuela and earned a master's degree in Canadian history at the University of Calgary. He is the author of over 20 books on the history of the Canadian West. He lives in Calgary with his wife, Jeannie, and works as a consulting historian when not canoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking or biking.
- Author(s)David Finch,Jennifer Hamblyn
- PublisherRocky Mountain Books,Canada
- Date of Publication01/05/2006
- SubjectBiography: General
- Place of PublicationCalgary
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintRocky Mountain Books,Canada
- Out-of-print date11/01/2016
- Content Noteb/w photos
- Weight434 g
- Width230 mm
- Height155 mm
- Spine21 mm
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