Given that the Beaver is a history magazine and fairly removed from current events, our covers tend to feature people who are — to be perfectly frank — dead. Vanity Fair we ain’t.
So it was a rare pleasure to announce that the cover girl of the Beaver’s June/July 2001 issue, Bernice Jordan, who was a dancer in the Montreal jazz clubs of the 1930s and 1940s, is very much alive, quite well, and still living in Montreal, thank you very much.
She is today Bernice Jordan Whims, having in 1943 married Bill Whims, a soldier on leave from Petawawa whom she met at Rockhead’s Paradise, one of the legendary jazz clubs of the day.
Nicknamed “Bunny,” Bernice began her show-business career as a child singing in the church choir and in amateur singing competitions (the prize money from which she dutifully handed over to her mother), gravitating to dance in admiration of the American show girls who travelled to Montreal to entertain in the clubs.