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Episode 26: Abbie Hoffman, American political activist

The flu and serious injuries from a car accident didn’t stop Abbie Hoffman from talking for two-and-a-half-hours to an audience at the University of Guelph in September of 1988.

The co-founder of the 1960s counter-culture group the Youth International Party, or Yippies as they were commonly known, had a lot to say.

No surprise, he talked politics. Americans would be electing a President that November in a race that pitted George Bush against Michael Dukakis.

As well he had co-authored, with Jonathan Silvers, An Election Held Hostage which was about to be published in the October edition of Playboy Magazine. The feature discussed the arms for hostage deal and its influence on the Reagan-Carter American presidential election of 1980.

His talk at War Memorial Hall was titled Watergate to Contragate: Criminals in the White House.

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Episode 25: Sid Sedunary, Titanic orphan

Sid Sedunary, who lived all of his life in England, had known the story of the sinking of the Titanic from a very young age.

His mother had told him about the ship and of his father Sid Sedunary Senior.

He was a third class steward on the Titanic, and one of 1,500 passengers and crew who died on the ocean liner’s maiden voyage in April, 1912. Continue reading “Episode 25: Sid Sedunary, Titanic orphan”

Episode 24: Jean Little children’s author

Children’s author Jean Little passed away on April 6, 2020. She was 88.

She had published over 50 books during her career including favourites, From Anna, Mama’s Going to Buy You a Mockingbird , and her first, Mine for Keeps which was published in 1962.

Little, who was visually impaired since birth, wrote novels that focused on children’s issues and the obstacles they had to overcome. Continue reading “Episode 24: Jean Little children’s author”

Episode 23: Celia McBride, playwright to spiritual director

Celia McBride is a Canadian playwright born in the Yukon and currently living in Port Hope, Ontario.

She was the only female playwright to have her one-act play, Walk Right Up, performed at the inaugural season of the Stratford Festival’s newest venue, the Studio Theatre, in 2002.

That play tells the story of the three adult children from the fictional Ruskin family, who need to make decisions about caring for their elderly parents.

I first interviewed Celia McBride in the summer of 2002 after seeing the play.  We catch up 17 years later and discuss other artistic projects she’s undertaken in the interim, as well as her latest writing project, a spiritual memoir.

In this episode, my interview with Celia McBride from playwright to spiritual director.

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Episode 22: Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia

My friend needed to talk!  They needed to explain the reasons why we hadn’t seen much of each other and why, when we did agree to get together for drinks or dinner, there would be a cancellation at the last minute.

 For years, they explained they experienced panic and anxiety attacks which would physically paralyze them.

They explained the fear of having an attack at a job or while visiting family or friends forced them to stay home.

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Episode 21: Clarence Clemons from the E Street Band

Episode 21 of Station to Station features my 1990 interview with Clarence Clemons, the original saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Episode 20-David Cassidy part 2

I think they love him! They really love him! 

A group of fans wants David Cassidy inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they’ve been adding their names to a growing petition. They argue there’s more about the former teen idol than the four years he was on a TV sitcom in the early 1970s.

In this episode, a follow-up to Episode 17:David Cassidy part 1, I’ll speak to Alison, a member of a group in England who launched a campaign to get Cassidy into the Rock Hall and to have his back catalog of music and concert films released.

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Episode 19: John McKay, former network radio reporter

Former network radio reporter John McKay was already in the second decade of his career in the late 1980s when he was assigned by Broadcast News (BN), now the Canadian Press,  to the Washington D.C. bureau. His job was to report the Canadian perspective on American issues including a free trade deal between Canada and the U.S. and acid rain legislation. But a few other high profile events occurred while he was there.
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Episode 18: Walter Gretzky

A co-worker at a Kitchener radio station I once worked at handed me a fax printout of a news release from a Canadian satellite company with a headline that read, and I’m paraphrasing, “Phyllis and Walter Gretzky will no longer be able to watch their son Wayne play hockey when the Canadian government makes their satellite service illegal.”

“Maybe there’s something you could do with this,” said the co-worker. I said thanks, but didn’t understand what I could do with it. There was a bigger story brewing that day. It was April 13 1999, the day the news broke that Wayne Gretzky, one of the greatest hockey players at that time, was retiring from the NHL after 20 years in the league. His parents wouldn’t need the satellite service if the rumour was true. Continue reading “Episode 18: Walter Gretzky”

Episode 17: David Cassidy

My 1991 interview with teen idol, David Cassidy. Continue reading “Episode 17: David Cassidy”

Episode 16: Ann Medina

 

Ann Medina discusses her career as a national television reporter with ABC and NBC in the U.S, and in Canada on the CBC, where she worked as a foreign correspondent. Part history lesson, part journalism lecture Ann tells great stories about her life on the road covering a variety of stories including a U.S Presidential election, the middle east, Syria circa 1984 and ‘that hunk’ Dustin Hoffman.

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Episode 15: Trudy Medcalf

Meet Trudy Medcalf!  At the age of 14 she asked about starting a fan club after seeing a band perform at a concert in Margate, England. That band was The Beatles.

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Episode 14: The Toronto Blue Jays go digital in 1994

Telecommunications company Motorola was marketing a really cool product in the early 1990s called SportsTrax that allowed you to receive real-time action from a Toronto Blue Jays game to wherever you were. Continue reading “Episode 14: The Toronto Blue Jays go digital in 1994”

Episode 13: The Oral History Collection

Former history librarian Susan Hoffman described Oral History as:”the ultimate example of grass roots social history.”

This episode of Station to Station focuses on the voices from the past, preserved in the Oral History Tape Collection at the Kitchener Public Library. (KPL)  Continue reading “Episode 13: The Oral History Collection”

Episode 12: The Gym

All the workout but without the sweat; I hang out at the gym and speak with two of my ‘coaches’ who I met through wellness programs at the YMCA where I am a member. Continue reading “Episode 12: The Gym”

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