The stage in Saginaw, Michigan’s hockey arena is a throbbing, winking black box. Circling over it like a demonic halo is a bristling ring of light pots, laser machines and brooding squares of amplifiers. Almost dwarfed by the technology, Loverboy’s Mike Reno sings like a menacing choirboy—all pout and eyelashes.
Their helicopters floated out of a cloudless sky into the gilt and gardened wonderland that is a monument to a ruler’s extravagant egomania. But if the seven leaders of the industrialized world’s richest nations chose not to dwell on the unfortunate symbolism of the site for their eighth annual economic summit last weekend, they could not close their eyes to the perils that lurked beneath the Château of Versailles’ hospitable glitter.By Ian Anderson, Marci McDonald8 min
It was not François Mitterrand’s kind of weekend. Left to his own devices, he would have gathered his seven guest summiteers under the pines of his renovated grange in southwesttern France to chew over the world’s problems in hiking boots and old hats, then served up a rustic outdoor buffet.By MARCI MCDONALD8 min
Tucked away under the pungent pines, aglow in crayon sunsets, the family cottage is for millions a beloved fragment of the great Canadian dream. No matter how luxurious, the cottage, cabin or “camp,” as it is called in Northern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, endures today as an icon to the pioneering ethic that first shaped this country.By LIVING, Victor Paddy7 min
A thick curtain of clammy fog descended on the war-torn Falkland Islands last week, delaying the final act in a tragedy that has claimed at least 650 lives and sapped the armed might of both Argentina and Britain. In the peninsula capital of Port Stanley, the stage was set for a final confrontation as an estimated 7,000 Argentine troops entrenched themselves in foxholes and barracks behind a well-mined horseshoe-shaped line of defence.By Mark Czarnecki6 min
As summer approaches it is time for angst-ridden urbanites to flee their concrete bunkers and join the bumper-to-bumper exodus to Cottage Country. Blissed out on beer and bird chirps, Canadians look forward to two weeks of relaxation in unspoiled paradise.
To a guileless observer, innocent of gastronomic chic, everything appeared as usual at the Restaurant Paul Bocuse. The shrine of France’s most celebrated three-star chef drifted as elegantly as ever at anchor on the banks of the impassive Saône in suburban Lyons.By Marci McDonald5 min
A few years ago Peter Larkin, an esteemed fisheries scientist from the University of British Columbia, gloomily summed up the future of troller fishermen: "Commercial trolling," he said, "will be reduced to the activities of a very few rugged individuals who will be colorfully featured in the National Geographic as relics of the past."By Alan H. Meadows5 min
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served under U.S. President Jimmy Carter as assistant for national security affairs, was one of the few non-Georgians to be admitted to White House inner circles. Brzezinski, who now divides his time between the Columbia University Research Institute on International Change in New York and Washington’s Georgetown University, spoke with Maclean’s contributing editor Rita Christopher in New York.
Phyllis and Quintin Forsythe are the sort of people who helped build Canada—tough prairie Scots with drive and dreams. In the Kootenays of B.C., they raised four children, owned two drugstores and planned an ideal retirement for 1982. But 14 years ago, when Quintin was a hale and athletic 53, the dreams collapsed.By Margaret Cannon5 min
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