The NPR show (from WBUR in Boston), Only a Game, had a repeat of this segment this past Saturday. I didn’t hear it the first time, but heard it on Saturday. It is a neat history of Red Hill and his family.
William “Red” Hill Sr. was born on Oct. 27, 1887 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His career saving lives began when he carried his 4-year-old sister, Cora, out of their family’s burning home. For his bravery, he was awarded a medal from the Royal Canadian Humane Society. He was just 9 years old. But it was in the perilous waters of the Niagara River, not fire, where he saved the most lives.
This isn’t directly Niagara Falls related, but it does have a tie-in…
Last week I was listening to an episode of On Point, a radio show on NPR out of WBUR in Boston. The episode was called The Magic of Harry Houdini and had information from one of his biographies, as well as information about a new museum exhibit. This got me looking on the Internet for more information about Houdini. I had forgotten about the Niagara Falls connection, but was reminded of it when reading the Wikipedia entry about him:
1968 – The Houdini Magical Hall of Fame was opened on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. At its opening, this museum contained the majority of Houdini’s personal collection of magic paraphernalia. One of Houdini’s death wishes was that his entire collection be given to his brother Theodore (also known as the magician Hardeen) and burned upon Theodore’s death. Against his wishes, forty years after Houdini’s death, the items were taken from storage and sold. Two entrepreneurs purchased the items and renovated a former meat-packing plant on Clifton Hill, Ontario, Canada, to house the museum. The Hall of Fame was moved in 1972 to its final location on the top of Clifton Hill. Séances were held every year at the museum on October 31, the anniversary of Houdini’s death. A fire destroyed the museum on April 30, 1995.
This isn’t really Niagara Falls related, but it does involve Killer/Orca Whales, which of course ties into Marineland.
It seems that Marineland has stayed under the radar this year when it comes to their whales. I haven’t heard of many (if any) protests. I thought there might be more coverage after the tragedy at SeaWorld when the trainer died, but there wasn’t much.
Last month, the NPR show called On Point (out of WBUR Boston) had a show called Killer Whales: Tanks and Tensions:
…reporter Tim Zimmerman with Outside magazine has gone deep on the story of how killer whales are captured and kept — how these magnificent animals suffer for our delight.
And he tells the story of Tilikum in particular, who had been there for death twice before.
The show never once mentions Marineland in Niagara Falls, but it was interesting to hear of the history of this whale, and how SeaWorld deals with them. I went ahead and read the Outside magazine article as well, but id didn’t mention Marineland either. However, while listening to the podcast, and reading the article, I couldn’t help but think about Marineland.
On a related note, there was an old site that I had linked to a while ago that had a listing of all of the whales still alive in captivity. That site is no longer functioning, but I did find another site that lists them.