Thank you to Jack Ramsden of the town of Three Hills, Alta., for responding to my column about Al Oster of Sept. 22, 2010. A photograph with the article showed Oster, as well as Jack’s mother, Margaret Ramsden. She is holding a microphone. Jack appears to be delighted to have seen my article and I’m glad he wrote in.
Al Oster is a great performer of many types of songs. I especially love his Yukon songs. He has written some really great stuff – such as My Yukon Book of Memories, Paddlewheeler, Irena Cheyenne, etc. – songs that certainly resonate with the soul of the North. Al Oster is still performing and remains a legend of the North.
The “homesick Yukoner” Jack Ramsden’s letter follows:
Just looking at a picture of Al Oster in September of 2011 and singing on stage in 1961? I was shocked to find that my mother, Margaret Ramsden, was in the picture along with Al, holding a microphone. Mom has been gone for 16 years but it was a total thrill to see her with Al Oster.
My mom came to Whitehorse as a telephone operator in 1947 and left the Yukon in 1976. I was born in Whitehorse in 1954 and left for college in 1972. Unfortunately, I was never to make Whitehorse my home again. The last time I was home was on Dec. 23 to 30 in 1975 for my sister Anne’s wedding.
Any chance I could get a digital copy of the photo in the Sept. 22, 2010 article?
Thanks so much,
A Homesick Yukoner