John F. Kennedy


To have not done a podcast with Kenneth Welsh — what an opportunity lost. Welsh died May 5 at 80 years of age. He burned so bright for so many years that 80 seems both impossibly long and way too short for such an incendiary life. You could not cover television in Canada throughout the

You can draw a straight line from Mort Sahl to Dave Chappelle. Fearless, contentious, uncompromising and sometimes his own worst enemy. The Montreal native died Oct 26 at his home near San Francisco. He was 94. His rise in the mid- to late- ’50s was so pronounced it seems as if he should be older.

Last year, when I was at the south end of Vietnam in the Mekong Delta (tracking contestants of The Amazing Race Canada), the sound of passing riverboats had a strange but familiar ring. Far enough in from the shore so that the source of the sound could not be seen, the tiny outboard engines with their long

In January at the TCA winter press tour, Sarah Gadon said something that brought out the boomer in me. Gadon appears opposite James Franco in 11.22.63, a nine-hour limited series based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. The series premieres Wednesday, February 17 at 9 p.m. ET in Canada on on Super Channel

Born Feb. 22, 1918, Dominick George “Don” Pardo joined the NBC Radio Network as an announcer in June of 1944–or, as Lorne Michaels once pointed out, “before I was born.” Michaels hired Pardo in Sept. of 1975 as the original announcer for Saturday Night Live  and, save for one season in the ’80s, he has

It was exactly 50 years ago today–on a Friday as well–that U.S. president John F. Kennedy was assassinated.I remember where I was at the time–Grade One, Mrs. Holland’s class, Our Lady of Peace school in Etobicoke. Mrs. Holland was visibly upset as she wheeled out the large, boxy, black and white TV which sat high

How much has television changed in 50 years? A veteran newsman helps put it in perspective with My Days in Dallas: A Remembrance with Dan Rather. The special premieres Monday night at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT. on AXS TV. Rather, now 82, did a conference call with reporters last week from Texas where

Our Lady of Peace had JFK’s official portrait Are you old enough to remember the Kennedy assassination?I was in Grade One at Our Lady of Peace school in Etobicoke. Because it was a Catholic school, there was a portrait of U.S. president John F. Kennedy in the hallway–near a portrait of The Queen. I think