March 19, 1979

The Sun Seekers


How they brought the Pops from Boston to Brantford


Hugh Gamer: still touchy after all these years


The Sun Seekers

Blessed be the miracle of modern fabric; you can actually see spring budding in Florida. Sixteen, 17, too self-conscious for 18, she moves in a sheer mauve body shirt out from the hotel lobby and into the wet tongue of the Fort Lauderdale evening air.



How they brought the Pops from Boston to Brantford

The bottom line is this: somebody in Brantford, Ontario, owes Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra $51,975. The assistant general manager of the Pops, Gideon Toeplitz, a likable man who speaks with a strong East European accent, sent Mayor Charles Bowen a curt telegram last Aug. 24 threatening to sue if the City of Brantford didn’t come up with the money.



Hugh Gamer: still touchy after all these years

There he was, erupting: a telephone in one hand, a cigarette in the other and a coughing fit in between. The blaspheming of publishers is done in a special key, known only to writers, and Hugh Garner, once a choirboy, finds it with ease. “That crook.




When Toronto journalist Maggie Siggins set out to write a biography of John Bassett, she naturally called the famous broadcaster, ex-publisher and former owner of the Toronto Argonauts and asked for an interview. He turned her down, booming into the phone (before he slammed it down):


A crutch that cripples at an age when it hurts

"Gace” is an attractive, wellgroomed 67-year-old Winnipeg resident who feels she has outlived her usefulness. Her children are grown and live far away. Her husband is retired, and spends most of his day at home “getting underfoot.”



Two’s company, three’s a splash

One afternoon this winter, Tom Walker brought a colleague home to bask in the hot tub installed in the backyard of his Jasper, Alberta, home. It was nothing unusual for Walker, who dips daily after work. But when his wife, Carla, arrived home, she simply gaped at the men.



Wailing and dealing in the halls of academia

Early next June, some 65 students at Ottawa’s St. Patrick’s College will don black academic robes and mortarboards and march in solemn procession across Carleton University’s campus. As beaming parents watch, they will listen to a brief and simple benediction before receiving degrees in subjects that range from criminology to the liberal arts.



Creating an industry to praise the Lord

"The Devil has all the good tunes,” John Wesley said. But a Thursday night service of A Christian Church on a Hill, a Toronto charismatic group that uses the facilities of St. Paul’s Anglican on Bloor Street, finds a 19-piece band on the chancel and dancers in the aisles.



The Lone Ranger with the décolletage has done it again: let them eat flower petals

What makes him so lovable is his insouciance. Gibraltar may crumble, his back bench may fumble, but his arrogance is here to stay. Our PM, our playful Pierre, king of the costume party, has found his métier. What he really wants to do with the country is to go to a birthday fete once a week.


Canadian News

Tripping the light fantastic

Here we go again. After a winter that was mercifully free of speculation about voting dates, Parliament, the government and the country have resumed the guessing and rumor-spreading of last spring and fall about when Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau will call the election.

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