To the editor:
Re: "Gen Why aims to save the Waldorf," Jan. 9.
"When we took over it wasn't even on the map" noted David Fazio, brand manager for the Waldorf. This and other similar statements I've read since 2010 affirm that there's some sort of collective amnesia in the Vancouver cultural-media.
From 1995 to 1999 the Waldorf's exotic-rooms were the home of regular Blue Lizard Cocktail Club extravaganzas.
MC Maxine Von Minx, cabaret-performer Cass King and other local lounge-scene luminaries even appeared on the front-page in your newspaper!
I was there in 1997 when Vancouver's burlesque scene was born with a dance by Ava Gold (all the way from Seattle's Lusty Lady peepshow-parlour).
It's slightly ironic that people who are celebrating and trying to save Vancouver's cultural-heritage selectively erase history that doesn't serve their agendas.
Peter Lipskis, Vancouver