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June 1 1969
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June 1 1969

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Designers: leave us alone! / Ferguson: more about Max / Americans: do Canadians really want them here?

IN Hands Off My Door Knobs! Robert Thomas Allen has put into words for the rest of us the absolutely crazy position the idiots who design our everyday amenities are forcing on us. Instead of improving on what our grandfathers had, they are making everything as complicated and frustrating as possible.

CECILIA L. HILL, PARKSVILLE, BC

5k Allen touches on a sickness of our society — there is nothing that cannot be improved, usually by making it bigger. - P. D. STATA, EDMONTON

Where are all the pretty girls?

Tell me, why would anybody pick those unhappy, hungry - looking, hollow - eyed fashion models you feature? There are so many pleasant - looking, pretty Canadian girls — why not show them?

MRS. G, HUGHES. HAMILTON, ONT.

Stop here . . . and here and here

It is regrettable that in the excellent article on Canada’s old forts (Stop Here Where Canada Started) two of the most important forts in our history have been ignored — Prince of Wales Fort, at Churchill, and Lower Fort Garry, some 20 miles north of Winnipeg. Both draw thousands of tourists and each deserves national recognition.

NAN SHIPLEY, WINNIPEG

5k Lower Fort Garry is the last and only complete stone fort still in continuous use on this continent. In Winnipeg there is a remnant of Fort Garry standing in a little park across from Union Station. It was known latterly as Upper Fort to distinguish it from the other, Lower Fort (Garry). — H. W. BLAKE, WINNIPEG

5k I was delighted to see the spread on our five National Historic Parks. The photographs were good, the treatment of the story very interesting, and the howto-get-there information very useful.

PETER H. BENNETT. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (HISTORIC SITES). DEPT. OF INDIAN AFFAIRS AND NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT, OTTAWA

5k Congratulations! Your article effectively scotches the myth, widely held, that Newfoundland is a part, of Canada. T. E. FURLONG, 5X« JOHN’S, NFLD.

Wasteland? Just a darn minute ...

Douglas Marshall’s statement that the English-language section of CBC Montreal is regarded as a wasteland (Reviews) is really the last straw. He must take treatment for that terrible case of Toronto-itis. — B. K. JOHNSTONE, POINTE

CLAIRE, MONTREAL

Dear Max ...

As a loyal fan of The Max Ferguson Show, I hasten to protest Hal Tennant’s article. Dear Max: Those 1,000 Voices Have Become A Bore (Reviews). Listening to Max’s clever, light-hearted program makes it possible to negotiate the morning rush-hour traffic and arrive at the office with some semblance of good humor and sanity.

MRS. E. P. WINCH, DON MILLS, ONT.

5k You're right — a genius isn’t a genius all the time. Let's hope the “radio revolution” really takes over at the CBC and something is done about this wasted talent. — MRS. DONNA APPLEBY, TORONTO

5k Max Ferguson is, in my far-fromhumble opinion, the greatest genius Canadian radio has ever produced. And he’s getting better all the time. Hal Tennant says “the situation is pathetic.” The only pathetic thing about it is his moronic inability to appreciate genius.

ERIC G. LASON, TORONTO

5k Tennant is so right. Some can turn the dial and ignore that droning, lazy voice. Here, unfortunately, we haven't much choice — other stations are hard to get. Ferguson might as well be doing the commercials — sometimes they’re more interesting than his monologues.

MRS. H. GOERTZEN, CRANBERRY PORTAGE, MAN.

5k Tennant is either a screwball, or is trying to incite riot. Max Ferguson has fresh material virtually every day, a wit bordering on genius, selects recordings no one else is clever enough to^find. He makes waking up in the morning -worthwhile. - MRS. R. G. HANDFORD, WINNIPEG

ík What a curious coincidence. As a Ferguson fan, the thought crossed my mind recently that dear Max was not up

to par and that his good skits were becoming more infrequent. I, too, think he is very talented, but this program is now old and stale and I’m sure he can devise something else. I thought I would write this to help stem the flood of irate fans out for Tennant’s blood.

MRS. V. J. LIPSCOMBE, DARTMOUTH, NS

;k Tennant’s criticism places him firmly in a small minority. Max’s many fans consider he can do no wrong. He helps us to laugh at ourselves. I am looking forward to another 20 years of mirthful listening. - KATHLEEN PORTEOUS, MOUNT

ROYAL LODGE, SASKATOON

5k Hal Tennant, I couldn’t agree with you more.

MRS. L. GILBERT, ELLIOT LAKE, ONT.

Yea Notre Dame!

NHL President Clarence Campbell says Simon Fraser is the only university in Canada that gives athletic scholarships (Maclean’s Interview, March). This is incorrect: Notre Dame has been awarding them for a number of years, certainly before Simon Fraser. Players who get scholarships play for the Nelson Maple Leafs in the Western International League — and they are sure as hell a cut above the Simon Fraser crew. — j. E. MONTAL-

BETTI, NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY, NELSON, BC

Americans, stay out

Your article about the increasing emigration of Americans to Canada was a shocker (The Americans Who Voted With Their Feet). Something must be done immediately to stop these vicious people from entering and destroying this country. Americans destroy or pollute everything they put their hands on.

JACK GRAHAM, VANCOUVER

=k I intend to stay in the United States —even in crowded, polluted, reactionary California — not because I am chauvinistic, but because I still believe in the ability of our people to solve our problems. If Canada needs a few thousand discontented Yanks to bolster her national ego. she is in far more serious trouble than the U.S. - ROBERT A. MARBURGER, TIBURON, CALIFORNIA

5k I suppose it is only fitting, albeit sad, that Canada’s National Magazine exhibits and perpetuates that foremost of Canadian traits, the National Inferiority Complex. - MRS. M. WILSON. MOSCOW. IDAHO

5k I hope that there have been no radicals among this influx of Americans. Canada has far too many now. Anyone not wanting to improve our country

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should pack up, start their own on some deserted island, and not bring us down to their level.

MRS. PEARL HAIN, CHOICELAND, SASK.

* It may turn out that the immigrant votes cast by The Americans Who Voted With Their Feet were quite mindless and prompted by pure emotion and monetary greed, rather than any deep-seated or profound spark of wisdom. American professors who have immigrated to Canada should read Pauline Jewett’s article in the same issue. They will discover that not all Canadians welcome non-Canadian professors. Might as well tell others this before they burn too many bridges back in Cambridge, Berkeley, Chicago and other major export centres of American intellect. Your great nation is indeed a marvellous safety valve for the fearful and insecure among my countrymen. But Americans who escape fascism, riots, "zoos” and other disquieting conditions must face the reality of Canadian nationalism, its anti-American aspects,, the demeaning position of accepting or even tacitly approving it.

ALAN R. PLOTNICK, ROLLA, MISSOURI

Fast, tippy, tricky

In Boats Boats Boats Boats, you say “a 15-foot Albacore is a natural learning boat, stiff, sturdy and not too wild to control.” This just ain’t so. An Albacore is not a learning boat; it is a racing dinghy. And it is as tippy and tricky a boat as you can find. I would certainly not recommend it for a beginner.

ANDREW K. GABRIEL, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT

Liver isn’t living

The Great Nutrition Game was excellent. Vegetarians are not now considered crackpots — as we used to be. We are sorry for writer Marjorie Harris and her husband, who have to eat liver for breakfast every day. - MRS. BARBARA JACKSON,

TORONTO VEGETARIAN ASSOCIATION

Better TV critics: add one

Douglas Marshall is certainly right about Les Wedman and Bernard Dubé being first-rate TV critics — but how did he miss Frank Penn of the Ottawa Citizen (How To Get Better TV: Get Better TV Critics, Reviews)? I don’t always agree with him, but he’s penetrating, witty and gives “solid, informed opinion about what was on the air.”

PAUL A. GARDNER, OTTAWA

Uncle Tom on horseback

1 was on the trailride described by Ian Tyson in In Praise of Older Horses. We are now in the process of organizing the largest trailride in Canada—Uncle Tom’s Cabin Trail Ride — from Indian Head, Sask., to Craik, Sask., 140 miles along the scenic Qu’Appelle Valley, July 18-22. We'll have 200 horses, and riders who feel they can’t make the entire trip can come in anywhere and stop anywhere.

TOM MCINTOSH, OSAGE, SASK. □