The other day a bright-eyed highschool student turned up and asked what he’d have to do to become a magazine editor. We said we weren’t quite sure. “Aren't there any new editors on Maclean’s?” he pressed. We told him there are a couple of fairly new ones, Preview editor Peter Gzowski and copy editor Hal Tennant, and a brandnew one, west - coast editor Ray Gardner.
“How did they make it?” the eager teenager demanded. Well, they made it in different ways, but they all started young and on newspapers.
Peter Gzowski (you can find out how to pronounce his name on page twenty-four) was born in Toronto. At seventeen he enrolled at the University of Toronto. Six years later, when he left without a degree, he had sampled three courses—philosophy, political science, general arts — and, between courses, had been a reporter and ad salesman for the Timmins Press, editor of the Kapuskasing Weekly, co-founder and co-editor of the South Shore (of Lake Simcoe) Holiday. He’d also been editor of the U. of T. paper, the Varsity; and the year he did best scholastically he hurried to lectures from a 1a.m.-to-9-a.m. job as police reporter for the Toronto Telegram. From university, he went to the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, then to the Chatham Daily News, where he was city editor. From Chatham, he came to Maclean’s. He’s married to a girl from Manitoba and they have a six-month-old son. Peter’s own age: twenty-four.
Hal Tennant was born in Vernon, B.C., with two ambitions— to play a horn and be a journalist. When he was in grade seven, editing a class paper used to interfere a bit with his trumpet practice, but journalism and trumpeting both helped him through the University of British Columbia, where he got his BA (philosophy) in 1951. During his first two summer vacations from UBC he toiled by day
in a fish cannery and by night blew a hot horn in a dance combo. After his second year at UBC his funds ran low and he spent part of a year off working for the Chilliwack Progress. His bankroll fat-
tened, he returned to college and
picked up a spare-time job editing
three Vancouver suburban papers. He contributed UBC items to the Vancouver Sun, which kept him in spending money, and for three of his four years at UBC wrote a
humor column for UBC’s news-
paper, the Ubyssey. Hal, now thirty-one, had four years on the Vancouver Sun as a reporter and
deskman and nearly five years with the Imperial Oil Review before
joining Maclean’s. He has a wife
and four sons and, instead of play-
ing the horn, he devotes his eve-
nings to writing humor pieces that
appear in Maclean's and elsewhere.
Ray Gardner, born in Victoria
thirty-nine years ago, was a sports writer at the age of seventeen. Ten
years later as news editor of the
Vancouver Sun he won the first
Kemsley Empire Journalists’ Schol-
arship—a year’s traveling scholar-
ship in the United Kingdom and Europe. Ray has touched most
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