I first met Garland Warren when he came to live at our house at 75 Balmoral St, Winnipeg in 1958. I was 12 years old at the time and was in awe of this man from Texas. He had real cowboy boots and smoked a real man's cigar. He moved in to our house on a temporary basis while he was in tryouts for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. I remember him gathering together with some of his potential team mates and playing poker and drinking a few beer. I also had the great privilege of meeting his very beautiful wife at that time when my mother had them over for supper. I can remember thinking of her as one of the most gorgeous women I had ever met. Garland and a number of other Bombers at that time remained friends of my mother for a number of years as they visited her cafe periodically.
Getting to know Garland that summer was my beginning of becoming a staunch fan of the Blue Bombers which continues to this day although I have lived, and still do, in various different areas of Canada since. There were great players on that 1958 team such as Kenny Ploen, Jimmy Van Pelt, and the hard nosed Herb Grey that made this era so special. Garland turned out to be a great player in his own right as a tough nosed linebacker. What a pleasure it was to be alive and to have experienced the play of that team coached by Harry 'Bud' Grant.