The “Templeton Tilt” could be a misnomer for a listing church or a new wave dance, but instead it’s just the angle of a writing desk. Five years ago, a few degrees up began to appeal to Regina-born novelist Charles Templeton because of the backache involved in flat-out writing. “When stenographers and novelists sit at a typewriter from 10 to 12 hours a day, backache is a problem, so I devised a way to angle my typewriter, thus taking the pressure off my neck and shoulders,” explains Templeton, whose third novel, The Third Temptation, was typed entirely at about a 30-degree slant. The idea of alleviating mid-shoulder-blade cramp by changing the avenue of keyboard attack is not new, however. Ernest Hemingway was known to stand over his machine for the same reason. From a seated vantage, Templeton has applied for a patent for his prototypewriter stand.
Probably the only television addict not watching Shogun last week was the 12-hour epic’s star, Richard Chamberlain. Night shooting on the thriller Bells kept Chamberlain before the cameras and away from the boob tube. Film commitments also kept the swashbuckler-turned-samurai from actively lending his sword to his new cause — supporting the residents of the Toronto Islands, who are battling city hall in an attempt to keep their homes from being turned into more parkland. “There is an
issue of individual rights at stake,” he says, calling Metro council’s move to evict the residents a “piddly ego-trip.” Why would Chamberlain, 45, want to join the islanders’ fight? “I talked to a few of the people who lived there, and I felt an instant friendliness toward them. I have a fantasy of taking 1982 off and moving there.”
Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s former press aide Suzanne Perry has never had a problem turning heads in Ottawa, and
now that she has decided on a career in television news reporting with the Global Television Network she is showing an ability to raise eyebrows as well. First there was the announcement last month that topless pictures of Perry had appeared in a New York paper. Then, last week, eyebrows began to fandango when Perry’s on-air partner, Gord Martineau, resigned his seat at her side after only two weeks. The harpies speculate that Martineau was simply fed up with Perry fumbling her fledgling attempts at reporting and newsreading, while others noted that director and Martineau-business-partner Paul Osborn quit the same day, indicating a certain dissatisfaction with the management of the news team. Osborn may be able to quit, but Martineau has a problem—namely a two-year contract at a rumored annual salary of $100,000.
A haggard-looking Aislin peers out from the pages of his latest collection of cartoons, Did the Earth Move?, with a shotgun in hand and a pack of cats cowering at his feet. The awardwinning cartoonist, who shares his 80year-old Montreal home with eight cats and who is also known as Terry Mosher (Aislin is actually his eldest daughter’s name), drew that one when city fathers suggested limiting the number of pets residents could keep. “I don’t like to be that indulgent,” he says, “but those were my cats they were after.”
After years of modelling, Viennaborn Sybil Danning turned her talents to film. Since then she has portrayed a German terrorist in Operation Thunderbolt, the pregnant and beaten wife of Ernest Borgnine in Grossed Swords and a Valkyrie-like female warrior in the current sci-fi offering Battle Beyond the Stars. “I’ve never done a science-fiction film before and I had a lot
of fun, especially because this one is so funny. It’s like The Magnificent Seven Go to Outer Space.” Danning’s next role is a Polish secret agent in The Salamander, based on Morris West’s best-selling novel. Fluent in four languages, a gourmet cook and a mean chess player, Danning also skis, swims, plays tennis and horseback rides—just your average girl-next-door, who happens to own the house Howard Hughes donated to Jean Harlow’s cause.
In their Ottawa heyday, Otto Lang and his wife, Adrian, were noted for many things, including some rather hefty government airline bills. Now the former minister responsible for everything from transportation to wheat is executive vice-president of Pioneer Grain Co. Ltd. in Winnipeg, and the aviation connection remains. Adrian Lang was recently elected a director of the Aviation Council of Manitoba, a group dedicated to making Winnipeg the aerospace capital of Canada. A council spokesman has admitted that Lang herself has no aviation expertise, but her Ottawa contacts might prove useful in freeing some money needed to stage a high-flying $500,000 trade fair in 1982 or 1983. Ottawa would be asked to chip in half. Asked about her financial stringpulling powers, an embarrassed Lang said she wants only to enhance Winni-
peg’s aerospace dreams. “I don’t know who made up this story about me helping get federal grants,” Lang said. “I’d just as well have no publicity—but make sure you spell my name right.”
iilfind skiing downhill a lot easier,” Isays Canadian ski champ Ken Read of the time he has logged in front of the cameras this year for the featurelength documentary Out on the Edge, which follows the top placers in the 1979-80 World Cup downhill events. But even film commitments haven’t stopped the Calgary native from keeping up his rigorous training, part of which includes spinning around the block on his unicycle. “It took me awhile to get my balance,” confesses the crazy Canuck. “I was so wobbly at first that I had to use my ski poles.”
It was John Diefenbaker’s birth date, but the celebrated guest was newspaper columnist and Tory party strategist Dalton Camp, who turned 60 two weeks ago. About 80 black-tied men paid $50 each for Cornish hen at Toronto’s Albany Club, site of Camp’s first call for a leadership review in 1965. Among the attendees: Toronto Sun Publisher Doug Creighton and Edmonton Journal Edi-
tor-in-Chief Andrew Snaddon; Iron Ore Co. President Brian Mulroney; Senators Nate Nurgitz, Heath Macquarrie and Lowell Murray; and former Newfoundland premier Frank Moores. The most emotional testimonial of the evening came from former federal leader Robert Stanfield, whose leg is still in a cast from a summer boating accident. He praised Camp for having the courage to
take bold positions in politics, as well as in print. Admitted Camp: “I have been Bob Stanfield’s cross to bear.”
Trout fishermen in America have been wondering for some time how it is that President Jimmy Carter manages to catch so many fish every time he goes fly-fishing, but now the secret is out. It seems Carter casts his fly into a privately owned stream near Leetown, W. Va., where he has been able to snare as many as five trout in four hours. David McDaniel, assistant director of the National Fisheries Center, explained exactly what happens. “We always dribble a few more fish than usual before the president’s visits. Because the stream is located below our troutbreeding facility, there are some fish in it that escape from the centre. And there is also some extra breeding stock added just prior to the president’s visit.”
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