Transcript: Main Street Ontario: Port Dover | Jun 21, 2019

The TVO logo appears on a black screen.

(music plays)

Old pictures of different parts of a city overlap on a map.

A male voice says ALL THE ACTION WAS DOWNTOWN.

A female voice says THE DOWNTOWN WAS SO ALIVE,
THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE.

Another male voice says EVERYBODY ON THE MAIN STREET
KNEW ONE ANOTHER.

Another female voice says I REMEMBER THE MERCHANTS
HOSING DOWN THEIR SIDEWALKS,
CRANKING UP THEIR AWNINGS.

A third male voice says IT WAS BUSTLING.
THE STREET HAD LIFE TO IT.

The name of the show appears on a road sign. It reads "Main Street Ontario. Port Dover."

Jim Murphey, a man in his fifties says THE WHOLE
NORTH SHORE OF LAKE EERIE
YOU HAD FISHING COMMUNITIES.
ALL WINTER
YOU NEVER HAD A FISHIN'
SO YOU NEVER HAD MUCH MONEY
SO THE STORE OWNERS
USED TO BASICALLY CARRY PEOPLE.

An animation shows the cut out faces of the people talking on figures recreating the stories mentioned.

He continues THEY ALWAYS SAID, "PAY MY BILL
FIRST LIFT IN THE SPRING,"
WHICH IS, UH, THE WAY IT WAS.
AND IN THE SPRING, THEY WOULD
GO OUT AND PULL THEIR NETS
AND THEY'D HAVE SOME MONEY
SO THEY WOULD GO TO THE STORE
AND, "WHERE'S MY BILLS?"
AND PAY OUT THE STORE.

Peter Knechtel, a clean-shaven man in his late fifties says WELL,
I GREW UP ON THE BEACH STRIP,
SO I GUESS
MY EARLIEST MEMORY
WOULD BE, UH, THAT OF, UM,
FERRIS WHEELS, HOT DOGS,
CANDY FLOSS, BEACH PEOPLE.
IT WAS A REAL CARNIVAL
ATMOSPHERE ON WALKER ST.
AT THE TIME
WHEN I WAS GROWING UP.
AND MY DAD, UH, RENTED A PLACE,
MY MOM AND HIM STARTED
HIS OWN LITTLE HOT DOG STAND.
THEN THEY
STARTED FOOLING AROUND
WITH THIS CHEAP FISH,
GARBAGE FISH,
THAT THE FISHERMAN
WERE THROWING AWAY.
FOR TEN CENTS A POUND
YOU COULD GET A LOT OF PERCH
AND EVERYBODY LIKED IT.

Chris Simons, a man in his fifties with a beard and a cap says PORT DOVER
THROUGH THE SUMMER
IS A BUSY TOURIST TOWN.
THERE'S ALWAYS
SOMETHING GOING ON.
BUT ONCE
YOU GET THROUGH SUMMER,
YOU COULD SHOOT
A CANNON DOWN THE STREET
AND NOT HIT ANYBODY.

(engine revving)
A sign at a store reads "Welcome bikers. Friday the thirteenth."

He continues WELL, WE STARTED IT IN 1981.
AFTER A LONG SUMMER
OF PARTYING WITH FRIENDS,
IT HAD TAPERED OFF
TO WHERE WE HADN'T GONE OUT
FOR A COUPLE MONTHS.
IT WAS DEAD QUIET,
SO I JUST PHONED UP
ALL THE BIKERS
I KNEW AND SAID,
"MEET ME DOWN
AT THE BAR FOR FRIDAY NIGHT
AND WE'LL HAVE A FEW DRINKS."

A series of pictures of a bikers gathering flashes by.

In off, John Androvics says YOU KNOW,
IT WAS JUST A BUNCH OF GUYS
GETTING TOGETHER
FOR A BEER ON THE 13TH.

In off, Don Schram says IT WAS
PRETTY AWESOME AT THAT TIME.

In off, Kat Jamieson says YOU MET
FRIENDS, YOU HAD A FEW DRINKS,
YOU TOLD STORIES,
PROBABLY A FEW LIES.

Marko Tatich, a man in his late forties with a moustache says ONE GUY
TRIED PULLING A WHEELIE
DOWN MAIN ST.
AND HE WIPED HIS BIKE OUT
AND HE LOOKED
LIKE A REAL HAM SANDWICH.

Chris says YOU KNOW, WE JUST
JUST GENERALLY HAD A GREAT TIME
AND SO WE SAID,
"WELL, WHY DON'T WE COME BACK
NEXT FRIDAY THE 13TH
AND DO IT AGAIN?"
AND THEN THE NEXT TIME
WE JUST INVITED MORE FRIENDS.

John says AND THAT'S THE WAY
THE WHOLE EVENT EVOLVED.

Chris says AND IT WENT FROM 16 PEOPLE
AND PROBABLY THE MOST
WE EVER HAD WAS 200,000.

Don says NOBODY EVER THOUGHT
IT WAS GOING TO GET THIS BIG.

Newspaper headlines appear.

In off, Elaina Pring says EVERYBODY'S TAKEN THIS DAY
TO HAVE A BIKER HOLIDAY.

Don says 100,000 PEOPLE IN
A SMALL TOWN OF 65, 66 HUNDRED.

Adam Veri, a bald man in his forties with a beard says YOU KNOW,
YOU SMELL HOT DOGS AND DEEP FRY
AND YOU SMELL LEATHER,
YOU CAN HEAR THE LEATHER.
THE CHAPS
AND THE BRAND NEW JACKETS.

John, a man in his fifties with a long beard says IT'S LIKE
WALKING ONTO A MOVIE SET
AND EVERYBODY'S
SORT OF MILLING AROUND
AND THE MOMENT YOU ARRIVE
AND YOU WALK INTO IT,
THE DIRECTOR SHOUTS "SHOOT."

Chris says QUITE A FEW YEARS BACK
I HAD FRIENDS WHO GOT
MARRIED ON FRIDAY THE 13TH
IN A LITTLE PRIVATE CEREMONY.
WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW
THEY WERE GETTING MARRIED.

Kat, a woman in her late fifties with blond hair says OHH, IT'S SUCH A LOVE STORY.
EARL AND I
USED TO RIDE TOGETHER
AND WE HAD
PEOPLE DESCRIBE US
AS TWO MUSIC NOTES
GOING DOWN THE ROAD.
SO IN 1993, WE DECIDED
WE WOULD GET MARRIED
AND, UH, SAID THAT WE'RE GOING
TO DO IT ON FRIDAY THE 13TH.
BUT WE'RE NOT TELLING ANYONE.
FRIENDS SAID THAT THEY
WANTED TO COME WITH US EARLY,
SO WE THOUGHT, "THEY'RE GOING
TO STAND UP WITH US."
WELL THEY CANCELLED ON US!
THEY SAID, NO, IT WAS
THEIR DAUGHTER'S THIRD BIRTHDAY
AND THEY'RE
DOING A BIG PARTY.
I SAID, "SHE'S THREE YEARS OLD,
DO IT TOMORROW.
YOU HAVE TO COME WITH US."
FINALLY, WE TOLD THEM THAT
WE WERE GETTING MARRIED,
AND, UH, A FEW WORDS
WERE EXCHANGED
BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE US.
IT WAS SO EXCITING
AND GOING INTO TOWN
WITH THIS JUST MARRIED
SIGN ON THE BACK OF OUR BIKE,
IT WAS PRETTY WILD.

Patricia Reeves-Butler, a woman in her late forties with short brown hair says SO THINGS LIKE THAT HAPPEN,
WEDDINGS HAPPEN, YOU KNOW,
I'M SURE LOTS
OF OTHER THINGS HAPPEN.

Sarah Muth, a woman in her mid-forties with short blond hair says BEING FROM
A SMALL TOWN GROWING UP,
I LOVE THE QUESTION, "WHY IS IT
SUCH A BIG DEAL THERE?"
AND THEN THEY COME DOWN
AND THEY JUST WATCH
THE BIKERS COME IN AND OUT.
IT'S AMAZING.

John says I THINK I SLEPT ABOUT
SIX HOURS COMING INTO THE WEEK.
BUT WHEN IT'S ALL SAID
AND DONE AND OVER, YOU GO,
"I WISH IT WAS
HAPPENING AGAIN TOMORROW."

In off, Kerry Sessler says I'LL BE BACK
FOR ANOTHER
FRIDAY THE 13TH NEXT TIME.

She laughs.

An animated postcard reads "Dear Friday the thirteenth, what a thrilling date to meet, thanks for filling up our streets! Sincerely, Port Dover."

Music plays as the end credits roll.

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