OPENING NOTES

PARTY BLOOPER

JOE CHIDLEY October 31 1994
OPENING NOTES

PARTY BLOOPER

JOE CHIDLEY October 31 1994

PARTY BLOOPER

The new publisher of the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper certainly knows how to bring a hush to a crowd. In one of his early public appearances, Roger P. Parkinson, the American who was appointed in May to head the Globe after a 25-year career in U.S. publishing, hosted a lavish party in an airport hangar on Oct. 20 to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada’s self-styled national newspaper. Addressing the mostly business—and nearly totally Canadian—audience of more than 1,000 people, the Globe publisher began to read a congratulatory telegram from the Governor General. It came, Parkinson said to stunned silence, from “Governor General Ramon Hishyn.” Maybe that’s the American Way.

Edited by JOE CHIDLEY