ROTHENBURGER – Trivia abounds about the Kamloops connection to Hollywood

Zack’s coffee shop had a role in Power Rangers movie.

HARRISON FORD, in his own words, is a “schmuck.”

He’s been in the news lately, for the wrong reason — getting in a scrape with one of his airplanes as he came close to an airliner while he was landing at a California airport.

Audio has now been released in which he tells the control tower, “I’m the schmuck that landed on the taxiway.”

While the actor hasn’t impressed U.S. aviation officials with his flying skills, quite a few people in Kamloops remember him much more fondly.

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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Trivia abounds about the Kamloops connection to Hollywood

  1. Lee Kenney // April 1, 2017 at 4:25 PM // Reply

    If I remember , Mr Ford landed a plane on Kamloops lake to view that set. He was a good set carpenter !

  2. “The Wild McLeans” by Mel(vin Gene) Rothenburger.

    “In the late 1800s there was a famous outlaw gang in the Okanagan and Nicola Valley area. They were known as ‘The Wild McLeans.’

    “It was a gang of four Metis men — well kids really as two of them were mere teenagers.

    (Later after being caught.)

    “They were taken back to Kamloops and charged with murder. The McLean gang was then transported to New Westminster to be tried. Justice Henry Crease presided over the first trial in March 1880. The jury deliberated for only 20 minutes before they found them guilty. Crease sentenced them to death saying, ‘a blacker record of crime in men so young I never saw.’ ”

    By Susan Gearing-Edge on August 25, 2016

    George McLean was born in Kamloops, British Columbia, on April 15, 1875. He was the son of Allan McLean, leader of the infamous Wild McLean Boys, who was executed at New Westminster in British Columbia in 1881. Despite that fact, Private George McLean was of noble lineage. His mother Angele was the daughter of Johnny Chillihetza, Chief of the Douglas Lake Indian Band, and the niece of Nicola, Grand chief of the Okanagan people and Chief of the Nicola Valley peoples. The latter gave his name to the Nicola Country, now represented by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. Also, McLean’s paternal grandmother was the daughter of Louis Clexlixqen, Hereditary Chief of the Kamloops Indian Band.

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