Opening Notes

Opening Notes

TOM FENNELL June 24 1996
Opening Notes

Opening Notes

TOM FENNELL June 24 1996

Opening Notes


Patriotism and the home of a master

Esther Greaves is the first to admit the house she recently purchased in downtown Que-

bec City for almost $250,000 is in bad shape. But with financial and technical assistance from the Quebec government—and a desire to prove that Frenchand English-speaking Canadians can live and work together—Greaves is restoring the 150-year-old landmark, once the home of the renowned 19th-century painter Cornelius Krieghoff. “It’s quite an undertaking, to say the least,” said Greaves, who is retiring from her job

as a high-school English teacher in Toronto. After the Oct. 30 referendum, Greaves revisited Quebec City, where she had lived for two years in the 1970s. She agreed to pay $93,000 for the home,

which had been vacant for 20 years, and to spend another $150,000 on renovations. Quebec City council and the Quebec ministry of culture kicked in another $150,000. Greaves says she and her husband, Kent, plan to make Krieghoff’s old house their retirement

home when the renovations are finished sometime in the fall. Says Greaves: “In many ways this project is a personal action to show my passionate concern for Canada.” From Toronto with love.

Jerry Seinfeld says goodbye

As the Seinfeld show grew into one of the top-rated sitcoms in television history, one of the creative forces behind it was Toronto-born comedian Marjorie Gross. Gross, who had worked as a stand-up comic and, later, as a writer for Newhart

and Alf added her own humorous grace notes in her role as producer. Stricken with ovarian cancer, Gross, 40, died on June 7 in Los Angeles. At her funeral in Toronto last week, her brother, Jonathan, recalled how Gross’s best friend in Hollywood, actress Sharon Stone, had tried to cheer her up by bringing “about a dozen Buddhist monks to her hospital room to chant for

her.” Gross promptly ordered them out. But Jerry Seinfeld was more successful. Despite what Jonathan Gross called the star’s “problem in dealing with death,” Seinfeld was able to spend time with his sister, singing some of her favorite old Beatles songs, including All You Need Is Love and Magical Mystery Tour. Mourners at the funeral said goodbye to Marjorie Gross with another Beatles song—A Long and Winding Road.

From the jury to a job

Not long after Paul Bernardo was found guilty of murder at the end of his sensational trial last summer, one of the jurors appeared on Jane Hawtin’s nationally syndicated TV talk show. Tina Daenzer, 36, is obviously quick off the mark—when she heard that Hawtin’s sister was leaving her job as the show’s guest co-ordinator, she asked for the job. A few hours later, the former Swiss Chalet delivery co-ordinator was working for one of the media outlets that she had to avoid during the fourmonth trial. Despite occasional flashbacks that are “awful to live through,” Daenzer looks back on the trial as a positive experience. “I’m still honored to have been chosen to do that very important job,” says the Toronto mother of two. “Every man has the right to a fair trial.” Daenzer also cherishes the bond that the 12 jurors developed during the trial. “We have parties,” she says, “and we go to each other’s anniversaries.”

Advice from a cancer expert

From remarks by Dr. Susan Love, a renowned U.S. surgeon, breast cancer activist and author of the best-selling Dr.

Susan Love’s Breast Book, at the International Women’s Health Conference in Toronto last week:


• We’ve got all hung up WO on this idea of early detection. But we really have to go beyond that to prevent cancer in the first place.

• I don’t know why breast can-

cer is more common among high socioeconomic women. Sometimes I think it’s the magnetic strip on the credit cards.

• We all have to be our own advocate. You can’t trust the medical profession. If you see 160 patients a week, you don’t have time to read articles. You know where most doctors get

their information? From drug salesmen.

• The most important thing we can do for women’s health is to in-

crease time devoted to exercise for girls in high school. Encourage exercise and a diet high in vegetables.

A surprise send-off

Together, Liberal stalwarts Allan MacEachen and Keith Davey have more than 70 years’ experience in the public eye. With both of them leaving office at the end of the month, even old foes shed a tear as they said goodbye at a surprise retirement dinner on Parliament Hill last week. First elected as an MP in 1953, the 74-year-old MacEachen held nine cabinet posts—more than anyone in Canadian history—before becoming a senator in 1984. The 70-year-old

Davey, appointed to the Senate in 1966, earned his nickname “the Rainmaker” for his uncanny political instincts. Many of the 250 guests choked up when a bagpiper played a lament for MacEachen, a Nova Scotian, and singer Catherine McKinnon, a longtime friend of Davey’s, serenaded him with I’ve Got a Crush on You. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien presented the pair with flags that had flown atop the Peace Tower. “At the end of the evening there wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” said Senator Jerry Grafstein, who organized the party. “These two are masters of the art of politics.” Past masters.

Now moving into fifth place: EIIR

Queen Elizabeth II, who succeeded her father, King George VI, on Feb. 6, 1952, passed a milestone last week, becoming the fifth-longest-reigning monarch in the 1,200-year history of the English throne—passing her namesake Elizabeth I on June 12 at 44 years, 126 days. Both queens came to the throne at age 25. The current monarch, who is 70, will have to reign for another 19 years, until Sept. 11,2015, to match Queen Victoria’s remarkable record. The royal top six: