There are so many stories. They come from conversations, situations and incidents. There were occasions, parties and trail rides. If you ever worked or socialized with The Cowboy, every encounter was a new adventure.
Vern Traill, long-time general manager at 800 CHAB, passed away at age 92 last week. Broadcasters from coast to coast are remembering and sharing stories today. Exaggeration and embellishment? Nope. None needed.
He had a fishing derby in the swimming pool at a local hotel. He once had The Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali, in his backyard for a barbecue. Oh, and to raise money in an exhibition boxing match against Oilers' enforcer Dave Semenko.
Expecting limousines to take them from 15 Wing to their hotel after a flight on their boss's Lear jet, Mark Messier, Craig MacTavish and Grant Fuhr rode on horse-drawn wagons instead on one sunny, summer's day. Yep, all courtesy of The Cowboy.
He had a zest for life. He attacked every day with enthusiasm whether he was selling ads for the radio or raising money for the Shrine Club. He loved horses and radio and people. He was a mentor and a motivator. There was only one Vern Traill.
Happy trails, Cowboy. Happy trails.