Monthly Archives: August 2011

The End

That was how the summer ended. The summer of hushed ICUs and sombre doctors trying to be hopeful as they delivered hopeless news about my friend Brian. A summer of sitting at his beside inspecting curious tubes coming out of various

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The Brockville Boys

The Brockville Boys, from left: Gord Johnston, Dave Cody, Ron Base, Calvin Prescott.   The old home town is just not the same. The apartment where my brother and I lived above the Bank of Commerce at 98 King St.,

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Norman

My favorite Norman Jewison movie is Gaily, Gaily. I was only twenty and just starting out in the newspaper business when I saw it in 1969. I, of course, identified with the movie’s innocent reporter-protagonist, played by a very young

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The Private Detective Inside Me

In the late 1970s, working as a journalist for a New York syndicate I went down to Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina, to interview the legendary mystery writer, Mickey Spillane. Beginning in 1947, Spillane wrote a series of hard-boiled novels starring

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