One of my principal means of “keeping up to date” or of relating to my surround is conversation with people I encounter when I go away to give talks. This also includes the people who come to visit the Centre. The writing of books compels a very sharp lookout for leads and guides.
It’s his eyes. Paul Gadoury, the PR man for the Alouettes, says. “That’s how Sam grabs you. He minds his own business. To hear him speak, you wouldn’t know he’s around. But his eyes hold you. I see this all the time around the office, with the girls on the staff, with visitors.By HUGH HOOD23 min
For some reason I got the urge to write to you. This is the first time I ever carried out what I really wanted to do. Other times, like when I wanted to write to Elvis Presley, I chickened out and besides who’d want to read a long boring letter, especially when famous people tend to be so busy.
I was used to the plastic smile of Air Canada, the economyclass elbow in my ribs. This was different. Nothing had prepared me for the respectful welcome of the Department of Transport, the Viscount captain’s four-engine handshake, the cushioned luxury of what looked like a flying drawing room.By KILDARE DOBBS10 min
Sunday, January 12, 1885, was Prime Minister Macdonald’s seventieth birthday, and on Monday all of Montreal celebrated this anniversary, which also marked his fortieth year in politics. It was almost 15 years since he had promised British Columbia a railway to the Pacific and in that period he had moved from the prime of life to old age.By PIERRE BERTON10 min
I have a friend who knows a great deal about music and whose judgments in such matters I have learned to respect, and on a traumatic evening about a year ago I was playing Joni Mitchell’s third album, Ladies Of The Canyon, for him. I had only just bought the album, liked it, and my friend is one of a half-dozen people with whom I feel a compulsion to share my enthusiasms.By JOHN MACFARLANE5 min
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