Fifty years ago, on the evening of Nov. 4, a voice with a mid-Atlantic accent and a churchly cadence came rolling across the Canadian airwaves. It was the sound of Leonard Brockington inaugurating the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Greeting his listeners as both “the shareholders and the patrons” of the new corporation, the CBC’s first chairman invoked an exalted sense of mission: “It is the desire of all of us,” declared Brockington, “to annihilate time and space, to make as many men and women as possible quietly happy and humbly proud through the agency of this great invention.”
In Colorado, Republican Representative Kenneth Kramer—locked in a dead heat for his state’s vacant Senate seat—ran ads attacking the honesty of his Democratic rival, Representative Timothy Wirth. “If Tim will try to fool you today,” intoned a voice-over on the 30-second pitch, “what about tomorrow?”
It is late autumn in Ottawa, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., trying to muster national enthusiasm for its 50th birthday, is under siege by the weather and the politicians. Rain has penetrated the outer defences of the CBC’s six-storey head office building at 1500 Bronson Avenue: the roof leaks, and there are moisture blisters on interior walls.By RAE CORELLI10 min
The narrow street that winds up from Connecticut’s busy Route 25 to a dead end is prime trickor-treat territory. The traffic is safely distant, and prosperous-looking homes promise generous booty for bedsheet-clad ghosts and rubbermasked demons.By CHRIS WOOD7 min
Dressed in a grey windbreaker, Nezar Hindawi stood in the oakpanelled dock at London’s Old Bailey. He showed no emotion when the seven-man, five-woman jury found him guilty of trying to blow up an Israeli plane last April by planting a bomb in his pregnant girlfriend’s carry-on luggage.
During the last week of the B.C. campaign, Social Credit Premier William Vander Zalm handed out sealed white envelopes to reporters, after securing promises that they would not be opened until election night. The envelopes contained Vander Zalm’s prediction of the results, and when the reporters finally looked they showed that even the perpetually sanguine premier had been too cautious.
Less than a generation ago bowler hats were required headgear in the City of London, the square mile that houses most of Britain’s banks, brokerage houses and insurance firms. “If you didn’t have a bowler, an umbrella and a briefcase,” recalls salesman Raymond Parker of James Lock & Co., a 310-year-old hatter in London’s West End, “you simply didn’t work in the City.
Weight loss is one of the great North American obsessions, and so it should have been no surprise when four veterans set up camp on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington and tried to diet their way into the American consciousness. Their particular regimen, though, was not likely to be featured in supermarket publications that cover Dynasty as thoroughly as the Iceland summit, nor would it be endorsed by formerly outsized Hollywood celebrities eager to impart their shape-up secrets.By Fred Bruning5 min
Ken Kesey’s 70-acre farm in Pleasant Hill, Ore., has tractors, horses, a red barn, a herd of lumbering cows and even a couple of faithful old dogs. The school bus that the controversial American writer steered across North America two decades ago with the Merry Pranksters— his LSD-consuming cohorts—stands incongruously next to the stable, its DayGlo psychedelic design worn and weathered.By MARC COOPER5 min
The 25th anniversary of CTV, Canada’s largest private television network, came and went on Oct. 1 without even a half-hour special to mark the occasion. The nonevent provided a sharp contrast to the books, records, videos and special programming that the CBC has produced in 1986 to honor its 50th year.
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