|Calvin and Hobbled|
Occasionally I get tempted out of the Brampton bunker for the odd Toronto soiree. There were a couple this week:
Do folks remember the Toronto Sun? Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the Little Paper that Grew until Quebecor shrunk it.
Several alumni gathered at house bar Betty’s across the street from the grocery store where the Sun used to publish. Among them were old pals Jim Slotek (recovered enough from a nasty spill to be up to 5k a day again) and Calvin Reynolds. There were quite a few former Sun, now Toronto Star folks at the gathering, including Linda Barnard, Jennifer Bill, Peter Howell, Derek Tse and Tim Fryer (Woody McGee is at The Globe). There were even more if you count Sun alumni who now deliver The Star.
Saw former Go Bimbo Go! frontman B.J. Del Conte at the deal. B.J. pulled several classic pranks during his Sun tenure, eventually getting chased out of the building by Paul Godfrey. Cool!
|Telling Rachel Sa Bruce Kirkland’s real age|
John Cosway, who so tirelessly maintained the dishy Toronto Sun Family blog these past five years, was in attendance. He has put a big -30- on that site, but Sun alumni craving the latest Sun shenanigans can now track each other, with pictures, over at the new Facebook group site: Toronto Sun and Related Media Companies–Employees & Alumni. Snappy name, huh? They left off “Incorporated.”
UPDATE: Already shortened to Toronto Sun Family. Perfect.
Stories were shared at the friendly gathering by a few who were there in the go-go ’70s of how much fun Paul Rimstead was to read–and what a nightmare he was to edit and manage.
|Murtz and unidentified flapper|