season, I brought my company back from the Province of Alberta, in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies, to Winnipeg, where I paid off the actors and disbanded the company. I decided to leave the business of bringing theater to the western farming communities to someone else for a season or two. So I went to Regina to spend what was left of my money and have fun.
One night, with just a handful of coins left in my pockets, I went to the theater. After the first act, an usher told me the company manager wanted to see me backstage. The manager told me he knew of an opening in a touring company, and the next day, I received a railroad ticket to join them. In that company, in the city of Edmonton—the northernmost point in Canada where an acting company could play—I met the girl who would become my wife.