498 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
And Bill, let us tell you how to read this piece.
(Advocate readers, as some of you know, Bill has over many years periodically
distributed to a cross-section of colleagues a cerloxed and tabbed
“Sports Desk”, on topics ranging from local, national and world issues to history,
law, sports and music. Many of those missives contain Bill’s instructions
as to how they are to be read:
It is far too long but it should be read like a murder mystery—don’t skip
to the end—read it sequentially!
First read below my introductory summary which is set out below in this
letter. Then read or browse through the lengthy f inal report, Appendix A.
And only after you have a grasp of Appendix A should you then open the
envelope marked Appendix B and thereafter open the envelope marked
Appendix C …)
So Bill, start reading our letter at the beginning, don’t skip anything from
modesty, and carry on all the way to the end. Winston Churchill—whom
you have called an “all-time Sports Desk Hall of Famer”, given the number
of times featured in your work—reportedly advised that “if you have an
important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third
time—a tremendous whack.”1
We are going to follow through on that below. Our point, of course, is that
you are one of a kind and we have a number of ways to say it.
Looking back on your career now, your participation in sports like basketball,
rugby and golf was the foundation of the lawyer you would become.
You were a brilliant tactician and strategist, even on the playing f ield. A prof
ile of you published in the Vancouver Sun in the late 1950s attributed to you
moves as a point guard for the Prince of Wales Secondary School basketball
team that are indistinguishable from the moves you made in the courtroom:
from the moment you stepped on the court you controlled the rhythm of
the game; set the plays in motion; and possessed an uncanny ability to
anticipate how space would open up, where players would be and what
would happen before it actually did. You possess an ability to see things that
the rest of us cannot.
Your qualif ications included having a father with foresight. Your skills may
not have passed from playing courts to the courtroom had your father not
unobtrusively talked you into quitting sports by asking if you wanted to be