Samantha Parton - FoundThursday, July 25, 2013
Our city has a short memory for its past. I sometime avail myself with this blog to remind whoever might read it about this blurry part of our city life.
I often mention the Connaught Bridge and people look at me curiously. This was the bridge that spanned False Creek before it was replaced by the present Cambie Street Bridge. Was it that long ago that I had to transverse the middle span with the wooden slat floor?
The end of the 20th century brought us the term “our computers are down” which explained in a nutshell a bureaucracy’s (or a bank, much the same thing) inability to satisfy your demand on the spot.
The 21st century has brought with it a new expression issues or issue as in “She has issues,” or “We have an issue here.”
For once I can use that 21st century coinage to explain my SNAFU (look it up).
Occasionally I run into former Vancouver Sun columnist Nicole Parton. At one time what she wrote was read by all. She had a husband who was one of the funniest ever film reviewers for the Province. Like the Connaught Bridge our span of memory for them is gone.
Parton invariably tells me, “I really love that cover picture you took of me for Vancouver Magazine.” I invariably reply, “That was not me. I have never photographed you.”
Now Nicole Parton has a daughter, Samantha Parton who is a singer/composer for the local female threesome, Be Good Tanyas. It seems that she has some terrible health problems and the good Nick Patch in an article for today’s Vancouver Sun makes this known to us in an article Campaign Aims to Help Ailing Tanya. For more info on this and how you can help click here.
After reading the article I remembered that I had photographed Samantha Parton, or at least I thought I had. I went to my basement files and alas there was nothing under my alphabetical order files – no Parton.
I must reveal here that not only do I suffer dyslexia and I am unable to memorize any poem but I also have issues (great word!) with placing stuff in alphabetical order or looking for names in phone books.
Feeling most frustrated I searched again. Sandwiched between gossip columnist Mac Parry and actor Parnelli Parnes I found Parton, Samantha, singer/composer, March 2004.
I wish Samantha Parton my best for a speedy recovery.