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Page 95 - "Is Your Father Dead Yet"? with Allan MacDougall of "Hughie & Allan"

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1993/6/1 (166 reads)

So I went to Tru? ro. And I was just finishing up. And one of the inspec? tors of the Mount? ed Police was sit? ting alongside of me. He said, "Al? lan, I just got a note passed to me here," he said. "Come on in this room. I want to talk to you." He said, "Your daugh? ter called. And they wrote it down and passed it to me, and I glanced at it." He said, "You'd better sit down. Have a drink." I said, "No, I had a couple of drinks before I came out here. I don't want any more." "I think you'd better have one with me," he said. He poured me a shot of rum. I sat there and I threw it into me. I said, "Okay, what's going on?" He said, "Your buddy died...this afternoon." Left: Allan MacDougall at the Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay (photo by Owen Fitzgerald). Right: Allan dressed for his day job, as an automobile salesman I didn't give it a thought. I just thought he was one of those guys that drank a pile of water. I didn't drink water like that. He wouldn't miss a cooler. If we were in the hotel walking by one, he'd go, like a horse going to the old trough, and he'd go over there--gurgle, gurgle, gurgle, drink a quart of it. And, like I said, I was the guy that wasn't big and rugged, would have problems, and have a cold and all that. He never was sick a day in his life. But when they got him in Hali? fax- -took him to Halifax from the City Hospital. And they checked him all over. And he was so full of diabetes that it affected every organ in his body. And he never knew he had it. But when they told me, I said, "He should have known, or I should have known." Because we never went in a ballroom or a hall or a hotel, but he'd go looking for the cooler. And he'd go over and gurgle, gurgle, gurgle--he'd drink a quart. And in the hotel room he was going over in the washroom every once in awhile, glass of water, drink it. Always, dying for a drink of water. CATERING TO ALL YOUR HEALTH FOOD NEEDS • Herbal Remedies & Teas • Vegetarian Foods • Free Range Chickens & Eggs • Nut Butters • Dairy Free Ice Cream & Cheese • Tofu • Body Care Products • Juices & Grinders • De-Alcoholized Wines & Beer • Bulk Foods 'Sfizclallzina in H/l/'cU 'x??s & U'aixu 'x • ? {PioJucti JldJlCi 1 nataxaL foodi. 562-7083 156 FALIVIOUTH ST., SYDNEY (NEAR CENTRE 200) EXPLORE SYDNEY'S PAST ST. PATRICK'S MUSEUM • 87 ESPLANADE • OPEN: Mid-June to Labour Day 9:30 - 5:30 Daily CAPE BRETON CENTRE FOR HERITAGE & SCIENCE • 225 GEORGE STREET* (OPEN YEAR ROUND) Summer: Mid-June to Labour Day 10-4 Mon-Sat Operated by the Old Sydney Society For information call (902) 539-1572 JOST HOUSE • 54 CHARLOTTE STREET • (OPEN YEAR ROUND) Summer: 10-4 Mon-Sat For information call (902) 539-0355 COSSIT HOUSE • 75 CHARLOTTE STREET • OPEN: June 1 to October 15 9:30 - 5:30 Daily A branch museum of the Nova Scotia Museum Complex 95
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