Monthly Archives: January 2017

Escape Into Winter

Never before having voiced a grump about Trump despite all the uproar, I yield at last to the temptation as the world cringes in terror on the day of his inauguration. So many thoughts leap into one’s head. Will anyone ever again doubt H.L. Menken’s sour commentary – No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public? Will anyone but Conrad Black contend the Donald will really become a good thing? Will media social and otherwise tire at last of highlighting the twit’s torrents of tweets?P1070334PW

winter sky

winter sky

Verily, all of us deserve a prolonged hiatus of news, views and mindless gossip having anything to do with the goings on in and about the new age west wing, Trump Tower. Let’s think back to the good old days before twitter and all its cohorts were even dreamed about, and revel instead in the glories of our Canadian winter.

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upside down icicles!

upside down icicles!

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Bob Cole Tells A Good Story

9780670070121[1]WA few years ago I asked Bob Cole to help in reminiscing about our shared experience working at VOCM, Newfoundland’s pioneer private radio station in St. John’s. That was in the mid-1950s, before he began his 50 year career as Canada’s premiere hockey play by play announcer.

Harveys-News-07Edit3PW I told in my book, Yesterday’s News, about Bob’s practising hockey broadcasts on tape in between broadcasting chores – he was determined to break into the big time even then, and achieved his goal with great distinction. A picture he sent me for my book showed him, not in his hockey role, but as member of a VOCM rowing crew in the annual St. John’s Regatta.

Now it’s my turn to welcome Bob’s own lively memoir celebrating his fabulous career in hockey broadcasting. It is titled modestly enough “Now I’m Catching On”, a phrase he used to mark his progress in learning his play by play knowhow. My copy was a welcome family Christmas gift from my journalist son Ron.

VOCM Regatta crew

VOCM Regatta crew

What I liked right from the start in his book is the artless manner in which Bob Cole described his life history, written almost exactly as he talked. Even though he credits the writing to journalist Stephen Brunt, I found the wording and phrasing much as I remember Bob’s manner of speaking. I can relate very well to much of what he described about his early life, having grown up in the same era and known many of the same people – we even played hockey against each other.

yesterdays_news[1]WI have long admired Bob’s persistence in grounding his career, despite its endless travel commitments, in his home town of St. John’s, and in his family. For all of his exciting experiences, he retained his down to earth personality which doubtless had much to do in shaping his career success.

I enjoyed every bit of reading “Now I’m Catching On” and recommend it to anyone who appreciates a truly genuine success story.