Joanne Laird, blond, hazel-eyed and just getting interested in boys, was celebrating her 12th birthday on March 27, 1986, when she met Troy McLean. Their fathers, both soldiers stationed at Canadian Forces base Lahr, Germany, had taken them on a tour of Spain.By JOEL BAGLOLE11 min
Denise Donlon looks to the floor beside her upholstered pale grey armchair, searching for something. She, too, is wearing grey, a lightweight suit in a darker tone with a white cotton top. She’s looking classy and self-possessed. She’s just been reminded that she’s often called a cheerleader due to her role as Canadian music promoter extraordinaire—and, not finding what she’s looking for, she lets loose her trademark throaty laugh.By KATHERINE MACKLEM8 min
“Richler remembered” (Cover, July 16) triggered a neat old memory. In 1970, I was a reporter for The Quill, Brandon University’s student newspaper, and Mordecai Richler was to be a guest speaker. After the lecture, there was a small reception.
Before Julia Roberts was Julia Roberts, I met her at a 1989 press junket for Steel Magnolias in a Manhattan hotel. It was her second major role, but her first junket. She and her co-stars— Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine—were playing musical chairs with tables of journalists, and by the time she showed up at ours, the ingenue was a selfconscious wreck.By Brian D. Johnson6 min
It has become a familiar scenario: wherever world leaders get together, protesters amass to try to disrupt their meetings. However, last week in Genoa, Italy, there was one dramatic difference—police shot and killed one of the demonstrators.
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