Compiled by Ken Gibson for MARCH 1st 2021
with technical assistance from Bill Morris.

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IT STARTED WITH A HITCH-HIKER by Bill Nevison. (2021)
QUIZ:  GO SOUTH, YOUNG MAN by Mike Oldfield
AULD ACQUAINTANCES by Peggy Oldfield (Excerpts from 2003)

(Stationbreak April – June 2002)


This is s story about what some of us call ‘Kenny’s Magic Mobil.’ The machine was the one of the first of a small fleet of Video Cruisers. They were mounted on a three-quarter ton chassis and equipped, originally, with a simple camera (a Mark 2, I believe) and a tape machine (2 inch). The 'Kenny’ was the indomitable Ken Lowe, innovator extraordinaire! The marvelous edition to CBC’s capability arrived in the early sixties. Kenny practically remade it before he was finished and the most important addition was a second camera.

My first expedition with this miracle machine was to cover the opening of the last great link in the Trans-Canada Highway system, the Rogers Pass.  We went off to be there for July 30, 1962, when the pass was to be opened by the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker, and various other luminaries of the provincial and regional governments.

This event had to be covered for a happy nation, for posterity and all that!

A crew was assembled, an intrepid bunch, eager for adventure. We were led by Producer / Director Alex Pratt, Lloyd Harrop was TP, Joyce Kozy, she of the long dark tresses, was the Script and Roger Kennedy was the Production Assistant. Harry Hooper and a quite youthful Jack Bell were Cameramen. Rounding out the technical group, as I remember, were Harry Taylor, Stu Moscrip and Bert Skelton. I was commentator, writer, researcher, etc. We didn’t lean toward a lot of support on the production side in those days!  Lloyd had a great old black Cadillac and in this he carried Joyce, Alex and yours truly.; the video cruiser and a van completed the convoy. Revelstoke was our first stop and in 1962 the post war development of hotels and motels - or anything else – hadn’t really started there.  We were in what had to be the oldest hostelry between Calgary and Kamloops … cracks below the doors that you could see through and there were mice, or perhaps worse, scurrying about.  Next day we headed east again to survey the site and establish our vantage points and all that at the summit, and then continued on to Golden to overnight. This time the accommodation was a bit better – one of those motor hotels that were springing up, with a number of small cabins. Some of the gang led by I believe Kennedy who was a romantic sort of chap, decided that if they’d come this far and were so close to Lake Louise, they would head there to the world famous Chateau for dinner. This they did but it wasn’t the complete delight they had anticipated.  On that day, because of Alberta’s rather strange liquor laws, the dining room could serve no wine. Those of us who stayed in Golden did not dine in such grand splendor, but the local store had lots of Kelowna Red!

We didn’t just confine ourselves to Dief the Chief’s affairs, but on our way up we stopped at Craigallechie, dispatched Harry Hooper and his Zoom equipped Mark 2 to shoot this spot of great Canadian history where the last spike was driven. What fortune to have a freight train blast through at the proper moment, but it was also a near disaster. The old Zoom box protruded a fair way and Harry was so close that he had not been able to pan in a great rush, the whole thing would have been demolished by the roaring train! Thrill a minute!  Well, back to the great day. Early on we packed up and headed back west of Golden, the mobile and van going first. We followed in Harrop’s limo. Halfway to the summit, another near disaster!  A flat tire!  Here was the production team stalled with time running out and official cars and things sailing on past on their way to the ceremony. But, fate smiled, the tire was changed and we made it. No satellites or microwaves or stuff like that in 1962. It was taped on the one machine to be transported back to Vancouver. I think it wasn’t edited and aired until Labour Day weekend. I don’t remember seeing it even if it was, but it was a hell of a trip and Kenny’s Magic Mobile did a great job.  Only Kenny wasn’t there! I always thought somehow that was sort of sad.

The next time I went off with the machine, Kenny was there.

In the Spring of 1965, the U.S. National Alpine Skiing Championships were held at Crystal Mountain, Washington.  For the American and Canadian skiers, this was the biggest event of that season, as it was the first time that the top European skiers came to North America. The Carl Shranzes and the Goitschels and all of them came to Crystal Mountain and their real confrontation was with the newly established Canadian National Ski Team organized and coached by Dave Jacobs and led by Nancy Green. The team included Roddy Hebron from North Vancouver, the Henderson brothers from Banff, Stephanie Townsend, Karen Docks and Gerry Rinaldi. This was a huge ski meet. We decided we had to cover it and not with a couple of film cameramen, but with full coverage from the mountain. NBC was covering the event so we made arrangements to take our mobile, Kenny’s marvel, to Seattle, tie in with KING TV which was the local NBC station and tape the events as they took place.  Kenny loaded up his machine and director Al Vitols and I, a production team of two, left for Seattle.

I had a gas guzzling, bright red Ford Convertible at the time. It would fly! Much faster than any speed train in Washington State would tolerate!

So, we recorded the action on tape in Seattle. As soon as the day’s events were over, Al and I jumped in the convertible and sped (around the speed limit) to 1200 West Georgia! Al edited, I think, an hour package while I picked up my other duty, the late night sports. As soon as it finished, Al rolled his package; I did voice-over and we had same day coverage. Not bad! Then we jumped in the red flash again with whoever felt most able to stay wake for another four hours driving and sped back to Seattle to get the next day’s event. The three-day meet really kept us hopping. We would stop in Everett at about 4:00 a.m. for breakfast, then get three or four hours sleep in Seattle.

Kenny and company had stayed in Seattle; they’d be ready to “roll tape” if the ski racing had started before Al got there after his 20 hour day.

Now, in those days, CBC per diems didn’t really cover much, especially in a place like Seattle with some pretty ritzy restaurants. Kenny hadn’t had much to do out on the road. It was rumoured, but I have no proof, that he used up his entire advance on one really nice dinner the first night he was there.

That little Video Cruiser helped us do some pretty great things by getting electronic cameras to the scene of action. In those days there were no Beta Cams or satellites or multifarious editing machines or support staff or researchers or such things.

Gosh, we had some fun!

Ted Reynolds was already a seasoned broadcaster when his CBC career began in 1956 as the late night sports’ host in Vancouver. Within a short period of time, he was also covering live sporting and special events for the Region and the Network, and has become synonymous over the years with the swimming and diving events. Ted has been honoured with numerous awards and accolades during his long career, among them his induction into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

For a short interview with Ted from the series THEN AND NOW including archival clips, click on:

                        2 JOKES FROM THE AULD SOD ...

Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary column that he had died. He quickly phoned his best friend Finney.
“Did you see the paper?” asked Gallagher. “They said I died!”
“Yes, I saw it!” replied Finney. “Where are you callin’ from?”

An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut.  The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.
“Sir, have you been drinking?”
“Just water,” says the priest.
The trooper says, “Then why do I smell wine?”
The priest looks at the bottle and says, “Good Lord! He’s done it again!”

                                      IT STARTED WITH A HITCHHIKER  by Bill Nevison

My CBC career started the night I picked up a hitchhiker. Well, the day after. The hitchhiker David Brown had been in my Point Grey High School drama class. David had just quit his CBC mail boy job and said they were looking for a replacement.  I was 19, had a year of college under my belt and was playing in a mostly unknown local rock band at the time.  The success stories of people who started in the mailroom are legendary: David Geffen, Barry Diller,  Rod Mundy.  The next day I arrived at CBC’s Personnel office--at that time located at 747 Bute street.  I was ushered into Ron Mahy’s office.  He grinned and told me a trained monkey could do the job. Sign me up.

In those days, the Bute street building housed the TV production offices, sales, public relations, the executive offices and the Personnel office, which was adjacent to the mailroom and duplicating. The TV studio complex was across the street. The radio operation was at the Hotel Vancouver.  The film division was just up the street on Alberni.  Delivering mail and packages to each and every department was my introduction to all the key players in the CBC hierarchy: Al Vitols, Neil Sutherland, Ken Gibson, Peggy Oldfield and many others.  About a year later, I climbed up the ladder to a job in Central Registry. A few months later, I moved into a position in Personnel.  The position was designated as a Confidential Employee since we handled classified documents and kept tight-lipped about the contents.  So I can’t reveal any of the rather scandalous details about some well known upper management figures. It’s better you don’t know. (Just kidding. Upper management were all fine upstanding citizens. At least, back then.)  As Bill Murray recently mentioned in his own Stationbreak memories, the mail room became a launching pad for me, Brad Marshall, Chris Stear, Alan Waterman and yes, Rod Mundy, among others. 


Bill's last day in HR 1974
Top: Mike Modie, Pearl Leduc & Rod Mundy.
Bottom:  Chris Cuttress, Lee Smith, Leslie Valleau, me & Derek Chung.

When CBC moved into the spacious new Hamilton Street complex in 1975, the expansive production capabilities required an expansive production and technical workforce.  Armed with a theatre background in high school and college, I landed one of 13 new stagehand positions.   The bumper crop of new recruits in production and technical were indoctrinated into the mechanics of television production by CBC’s seasoned veterans. Senior staging crewleaders, Ian Belcher and Jake Wiebe, showed our platoon how to dolly various shaped sets and scenic pieces into the studios and properly position them to sync up with floor plans from our in-house designers like Victor Miles, Danny Chan and Doug Higgins. The sets and scenery were constructed by our carpenters, colorized by our painters and sometimes magically transformed into brick walls, street lamps and even large scale army tanks by our vacuform dynamic duo, Ed Madill and Ron Curtiss.  Ian and Jake taught us a multitude of studio management duties, including writing and handling cue cards.

This began a particularly eventful chapter in CBC Vancouver’s history. Our production and technical teams soon rivaled the output of Hollywood studios, thanks to visionary producers like Don Eccleston, Phil Keatley, Hugh Beard and Ken Gibson, along with the big boys up from Hollywood: Alan Thicke (The Rene Simard show) and Riff Markowitz (Wolfman Jack).  Riff’s comic rally call to the troops was “Time is money!” followed by “My money!”

Our troops were sometimes rewarded with late night cast and crew parties for Wolfman Jack, Rene Simard, and other shows. Trendy restaurants were commandeered for our use after we finished taping that night’s show. That show’s guest stars would arrive and mingle: Melissa Manchester, Susan Jacks, John Travolta’s brother Joey, and other well-known performers. At one Gzowski Live party, a few of my fellow stagehands and I chatted with Chuck Berry.  He seemed like an amiable enough rock legend.

One day off, we squared off in a Rene Simard cast vs. crew softball game (I think it was at Second Beach.)  The cast team lineup included Phil Esposito, Darryl Sittler, Rogie Vachon (he was their pitcher) and Pat Paulsen from the Smothers Brothers show.  Can’t remember who won or even if we kept score.  I do remember Pat Paulsen getting a hit and then valiantly trying to stretch a single to a double.  When our second baseman was about to tag Paulsen out, he quickly turned and ran into left field, then kept going!

Our staging crews also hit the road to work on The Beachcombers in Gibsons, Sidestreet episodes, which were filmed in various locations, and other productions.  My most unusual staging assignment was a TV movie called Seer Was Here which was mostly shot at Wilkinson Road prison in Victoria.  In the morning, we would file through imposing metal security gates which then slammed shut behind us.  Our cast and crew were then, in effect, locked up in one of the cell blocks to film that day’s scenes while the tenants were off making license plates or whatever they do during the day. The movie was directed by Claude Jutra and featured a very young Martin Short in a small role.

The 700 Hamilton Street hiring bonanza left a legacy of long term residents.  In the late 70’s, the stagehand roll call included Brian Keating, Denis Abramsen, David Mills, Janice Golden, Mike Rosati, John Wade, Peter Layton and myself.  After being lured away to outside productions, I rejoined the CBC in 1985 as a production assistant/floor director in the newsroom. My new cohorts were Steve Armitage, JP McConnell, Eric Dwyer, Beak and eventually Barry Macdonald, who I went to high school with (he was a few grades below me; his sister was in one of my classes). The Sportsline researcher position became a launching pad for Dave Stewart, Greg Bosworth, Greg Shannon, Karin Larsen and Squire Barnes. Our favorite all-star workhorse editor was Rod Mundy.

CBC Sports Team Reunion
Brian Keating, Barry Macdonald, Karin Larson, me, JP McConnell. 
on the night JP was inducted into the Sports Broadcaster Hall of Fame 5 years ago. 

JP’s epic sports items for the 6 o’clock News sometimes took longer than anticipated to pop out of the pressure cooker.  As JP’s sports segment was fast approaching, I occasionally fended off frantic calls from the control room, “Will it be ready?”  Meanwhile, the editor and I were methodically fast forwarding through 60 minute ¾” tapes of the previous week’s Lions game to locate a 3 second shot of an offensive lineman to match up with a line in JP’s voiceover.  As JP headed down to Studio 42, script in hand, he assured us he saw a close-up of the player during the 1st or 2nd quarter.  Moments later, his voiced echoed down the hallway, “Might’ve been the 3rd quarter.”  Luckily, we always met the deadlines, delivered the goods, and JP’s epic items always packed a punch. He once rewarded my efforts by taking me to see Paul Revere and the Raiders at 86 Street. 

The newsroom was well stocked with trained professionals and colorful personalities. Bill Good once enlisted me to play a practical joke on a senior producer. Bill discovered the producer, who was due to get married, was eagerly anticipating the delivery of a specially ordered wedding ring.  I went down to the props department and borrowed a rather gnarly looking metal skull face ring which Keith Richards would have loved.  We boxed it up, had it delivered to the producer’s office, then watched his reaction through his office window as he opened the box and quietly studied the ornery looking piece of metal. It took him a couple moments to look up and see our incriminating looks.

Our newsroom back then had a relic from the past which now seems unthinkable - a smoking room!  It was commonly occupied by reporters on a break or waiting their turn for an edit booth along with other CBC staff who were desperately craving nicotine lined lungs.

My assignments soon returned me to my original production playgrounds in Studios 40 and 41 plus the now fully functional Rehearsal Hall studio. I strapped on the headset for Fred Penner, Urban Peasant, Driver’s Seat, Front Page Challenge, Good Rockin’ Tonite and other programs manned by the best crews in the Western Hemisphere.  If I started naming my most unforgettable former colleagues and extensively detailed my most treasured memories, this would easily become an excruciatingly long 3 part profile to be continued in future Stationbreaks which no one would ever read, maybe not even me.  So I’ll simply list some random memories in no particular order.

The night Stu Jeffries, a cameraman and I dropped in on a legendary rock band in their dressing room just before their sold out concert at the Pacific Coliseum. The band was Kiss.  Stu interviewed Paul Stanley and 2 new Kiss band members while a couple of scantily clad dancers wandered around aimlessly off-camera.

I only asked 2 celebrities for autographs while I worked at the CBC.  I generally abided by the principle that it’s intrusive to ask famous people for autographs. I broke that rule while working on Celebrity Cooks when I started chatting with one of that day’s guests, Davy Jones of the Monkees.  He was friendly and approachable, so I ended up getting his autograph for my sister.  The other rule breaking incident happened while I was an AD on Good Rockin’ Tonite.  Stu Jeffries, 2 camera crews and I went to a private suite at the Four Seasons hotel to interview David Bowie. After the interview, I somewhat nervously asked him to autograph a publicity photo which his record company had given me.  Bowie kindly signed the photo and included a note to me. The framed photo is on a wall in the corner of my living room.  Ironically, Bowie’s real name is David Jones. 

On GRT show #500: Bill with Stu & Sarah McLachlan

Working the overnight shift for Timmy’s Telethon, a fun energy prevailed. Local musical acts and high school dance groups welcomed their chance to be on TV and their nervous excitement was infectious, even to us famously jaded TV worker bees.  One year, Michael Buble performed back when he was mainly appearing in Vancouver nightclubs like BaBaLu at Granville and Nelson.  As I was counting Michael down to the start of his first number, he casually reached into a back pocket of his pants, took out a rather thick wallet and asked me to hold it, presumably so telethon viewers wouldn’t think he had a lopsided butt.  I always remember that when our shifts ended at 7am, I went home and tried to sleep but never could. Big props to Patsy MacDonald for masterfully piloting a marathon weekend full of non-stop entertainment and inspiration.

The Urban Peasant dining experience. I’ve never been as well fed as when I floor-directed Urban Peasant.  A table behind the curtains typically offered a generous assortment of culinary delights for crew members.  And after each show concluded, the crew and I would eagerly sample whatever dishes James Barber just finished whipping up.  A few shows were taped each day which added up to a lot of sampling and James' dishes tended to be finger licking good.  Three assistant chefs also kept a large pot of soup simmering on a stove in the kitchen up the hall.  Crew members had a standing invitation to stop by and ladle up whatever yummy ingredients that day’s soup contained.  At the end of my Urban Peasant work day, I rarely felt any pressing desire to go home and have dinner. 

The Penticton Ironman triathlon. Our best cameramen in scuba diving gear, riding on the backs of motorcycles and covering the event from all angles with Don Brown and Garth Fowlie at the command post in the mobile.  I was with Steve Armitage when he did a post race interview with a retired NFL football player who revealed he had a terminal illness. A year earlier, his doctor only gave him a few months to live. Now he had just finished a grueling 226.2 km swim/bike/run event.  Incredible!  Another remarkable participant was a spry, white haired man who was still doing Ironmans in his 80’s.  The everyday participants crossing the finish line after what seemed like an impossibly unforgiving distance ultimately nudged me to take up running, as did Scott Russell. When we covered the Canada Summer Games in Kamloops in 1993, Scott sometimes went running in his spare time while the rest of us loaded up on 25 cent chicken wings at local dining establishments. I eventually came round to Scott’s way of thinking, put my best foot forward and ran 13 marathons and 15 half-marathons.

But enough about me.  I’m eternally grateful for all of the treasured Mother Corp memories and the enduring friendships which began back in the days when I had an active CBC security pass. 

From the Stationbreak Archives … from January to April 1995.

            'What I did before I got into the wonderful wacky world of show biz ….’

Technologist Joe Cranswick made and sold leather purses in Auckland, N.Z;. TV Production’s Rhonda Burnside sold mobile homes; TV Program’s Joanne Moser was a medical secretary in a doctor’s office; Sales’ Pat Paproski was a lounge lizard, singing and playing piano in Monte Carlo, Aspen and Edmonton; PR’s Joan Athey handled the ad account of Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery; TV Production’s Peggy Oldfield was a ‘jill of all trades’ at a chemical manufacturing company; Audio’s Gary Morgan drove around Regina, picking up and pressure washing entrance mats; Maintenance's Bill Reimer was a car salesman in Chilliwack; EHQ’s Dave Tonner was a janitor in Woodstock, Ontario, before he drove around in a truck installing pre-cast burial vaults; Staging’s John Baxter was a youth worker for Neighbourhood Services at Kits’ House; TP Jerry Williamson's summer job was outside Monkton, N.B., as a "shepherd," keeping cattle in the field while work crews replaced fencing along provincially owned lands; Producer Mark Lawrence was a car hop at an A&W in Burnaby; Camera Bruce McDonald worked in a cedar mill in New Westminster during school's summer breaks; Producer Gordon Gill worked on getting his Commercial Pilot’s license and was overnight operator at CFAX Radio in Victoria; ENG cameraman Alan Stewart worked at a Burnaby cemetery cutting grass and other gardening duties; TP Carl Pedersen was with Air Traffic Control with PWA, Kitimat and Radio Officer on a cargo ship West Coast through Panama to Europe, while his future wife, film editor Lilla (Borradaile) apprenticed with Lew Perry Films, was then with Telesound Recordings, KVOS TV and clerked at UBC Library; ENG cameraman Mike Johnston was a dock boy for Tyee Airways and a chokerman for Jackson Bros. logging on the Sunshine coast; Before emigrating to Canada, Producer Ken Gibson was a booking clerk at P&O Cruises' Head Office in London; HR’s Ralph Motohashi started as a stagehand at a Tokyo film studio before moving to Canada and specializing in continental cooking at the Cannery; Odetics Technicians Peter Layton traded furs while working at the Hudson’s Bay Company in NWT, and Patrick Tessier was a driver for a bloodbank; ENG editor Joe Holman dug graves and cleaned sewers in Fergus, Ontario; Camera Ray Waines assembled and wired microwave systems for the Canadian Electronic Skyway which had 139 towers across Canada; ENG camera Bill Morris was a private investigator, handling fraudulent insurance claims, missing persons, etc; Before BCIT, Producer Hugh Beard was an office boy at Vancouver's Sugar Refinery with regular daily runs to the Bank and Post Office; ENG camera Harold Dupuis worked with a landscape artist in Labrador City; Maintenance’s Lou Normandeau was a salesman in a fire truck company. The company had three employees, Lou and his two bosses, neither of whom could stand each other. That was then …..  

                                   QUIZ: GO SOUTH, YOUNG MAN!  by Mike Oldfield.

See if you can identify these Canadian personalities who found fame and fortune below the 49th parallel.

1.  This New Westminster man courted us many times and just kept rolling along.

2. This actor/singer has the distinction of starring in the shortest running Broadway musical ever staged.

3. Although he petered out as an announcer, he certainly learned his ABCs when he arrived in the USA.

4. This Winnipegger never made it to Las Vegas but he was a pretty good dealer.

5.  He was the CBC’s London correspondent but in America he found it safer to confine his reports to a one-hour time slot.

6. That deep authorized voice he developed doing CBC wartime broadcasts helped him to keep those three unruly sons of his in line.

7.  When this Burnaby lad tired of his family, he found that he had to go back if he was to have any future in films.

8.  When his Saturday Night antics began to wane, this cheeky chap became somewhat of a mystery.

9.  It was a long trek, but this Shakespearean dramatic actor finally made it up there with the rest of the stars.

10. This Mountie’s son was featured in dozens of forgettable films but not until his sense of humour took flight did he achieve greatness. 

Answers may be found at the end of this edition.

               Excerpts from AULD ACQUAINTANCES by Peggy Oldfield
(April 2003)

An 80th birthday is a good reason for celebration and Radio Sports Commentator Jim Kearney was caught off guard when he arrived for lunch on his birthday, hosted by Jim Taylor, to find friends, including Ted Reynolds, gathered in his honour.  March 8th marked the 50th wedding anniversary of Jack and Marna Bellamy who saluted that milestone in the warm sea breezes of Maui, Hawaii, not knowing that their daughter Lisa was organizing a surprise Welcome Home celebration with family and friends including Russ Bower, Bob Paton and Peggy & Mike Oldfield.  Glenn Patterson and his family have pulled up stakes in the Queen Charlotte Islands and moved to Prince George where Glenn’s wife Katharina has been appointed Director of Aboriginal Health. Cathy Chilco has returned from New York City and her position as Vice-President/Executive Producer with Avanti Pictures. Cathy and Avanti President Tony Papa signed a contract with Dragon Cine Venture Images Entertainment for a co-production feature entitled ‘David Four.’  Denis Abramsen and business partner Dan Tohill are well established with the Interior Film and TV Training Centre in Kelowna, having been in operation for over five years and another school has been in operation for the last two years. David Croal and Rose Chung have just finished working on the ‘Get Set for Life’ one hour morning children’s show. Maurice Moses sang with the Vancouver Jewish Men’s Choir at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre in solo, trio and chorus group numbers which played to enthusiastic crowds. Don and Pat Waterston joined Ron and Diane Mahy on a Zodiac rapids’ tour at Campbell River. Ron and Penny Thompson have just moved house in Victoria. Last year in their cabin in the Chilcotins, they looked after 100 head of cattle, horses, pigs and chickens on a neighbouring ranch. Jake and Beryl Wiebe flew to San Diego and boarded a 16 day cruise bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida via the Panama Canal. Pat and Helen Hartley delighted in the luxury of that cruise in reverse from Florida through the Canal and up the west coast to home. Franz Lindner was drawn to the tranquil pace and warm temperatures of Mexico. Ken and Donna Mitchell joined 8 other family members for a weeklong cruise bound for Alaska.  Judi and Sandy Grindlay flew a gruelling eighteen hours flight to get to Australia but confirmed it was worth every agonizing second for the marvellous ten weeks that followed. Vice President of the CBC 20 Year Association Neil Trainer stepped in as Master of Ceremonies at the Annual General Meeting Spring Luncheon on March 27th while President Judi Grindlay was Down Under. Shirley Cole works five months of the year on the Variety Club Show of Hearts for BCTV Global. During the balance of the year she is involved with various productions, running the gamut of children’s programming to cooking and game shows to music and comedy. Don Mowatt and Ken Gibson were in London last month. Don conducted interviews for the upcoming Ideas radio series on the history of Islam and then spent two weeks in the Scottish Highlands with family and friends. Ken’s holiday was spent in the tranquility of his brother’s thatched cottage in the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire, followed by a contrasting stay in London visiting the British Museum and Tate Modern, and in theatres seeing 'Mama Mia!', Vanessa Redgrave in ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan,’ and the hottest sold-out theatre ticket, Madonna in ‘Up For Grabs.’

                                      ANSWERS TO “GO SOUTH” QUIZ.

1.  Raymond Burr plied his trade in the courtroom for many years as lawyer Perry Mason and then starred as the wheelchair-bound policeman in Ironside.

2.  Don Francks starred in Kelly, the story of the man who jumped off the Brooklyn bridge. It opened and closed on the same night.

3. Ottawa-born Peter Jennings was the anchor of the ABC Nightly News from Washington, D.C.

4.  Monty Hall hosted one of America’s game shows, Let’s Make a Deal, for many years.

5.  Morley Safer appeared regularly on 60 Minutes.

6.  CBC Radio’s Lorne Greene will always be remembered as Pa Cartwright on Bonanza.

7.  After starring in the TV series Family Ties, Michael J. Fox hit it big at the box office with the feature film Back to the Future.

8. Having created Wayne’s World on Saturday Night Live and in two films, Mike Myers became a megastar as Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

9.  Canadian actor William Shatner found himself an immortal role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek.

10. Coming from the wilds of the Yukon, Leslie Nielsen finally hit pay-dirt in the 1980 screwball comedy, Airplane!

                             AND 2 FINAL IRISH JOKES!

Then there was deaf Mrs. Reilly with 19 children.
Every night her husband asked her, "Will ye go to sleep or what?"
And she asked "What?"

Paddy walked into a pub with a monkey on his shoulder.
"Where on earth did you get that?" asked the barman.
"I won him in a raffle," the monkey replied.

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