Lest they forget

[Published in The Globe and Mail, June 1, 2019] The other night, I watched Saving Private Ryan. It was Memorial Day in the United States. The opening sequence depicting the landings at Normandy on D-Day – June 6, 1944 – is riveting. Although the film never mentions Canada, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division penetrated further inland… Read more

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The Problem With Kid Gloves

Today we are grappling with how to address the rapid spread of online hatred in what is still the Wild West of social media. The problem is that what used to be only in people’s heads or maybe spoken in the privacy of their living rooms is now readily available for all to see. And… Read more

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The oldest person I ever interviewed was Helge Ingstad, the famed Norwegian explorer who discovered the old Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. That put to rest Christopher Columbus discovering America since the Vikings had beat him by 500 years. Ingstad was 100 years old when I met up with him at his home… Read more

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Rock’n roll and History

What do we make of it when a 22-year-old, hockey player can identify lyrics from classic rock’n roll hits of the 1960s and 1970s, but most of his demographic knows nothing about a major historical event like the Holocaust? On the weekend I watched a TV interview with Jack Eichel of the NHL Buffalo Sabres… Read more

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Bridges to the Past

Bridges to the past I cherish stories that provide a bridge to the past which is probably why novelist James A. Michener, who penned many historical epics, is my favourite scribe. But photographs can do this as well as books. One such photo, taken June 5, 1948, is of two men. One of them is… Read more

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Four years ago I visited a major Canadian university and asked students questions about World War II. FDR? Never heard of him. Churchill? There’s a statue of him but I don’t know what he did. The Allies? Can’t tell you who they were. D-Day and the Beaches of Normandy? Nope. It wound up in a… Read more

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Busting Out in the White House

Stormy Daniels has a new book out – I guess it’s her first book – called Full Disclosure. On Amazon it’s already listed no. 1 in the category ‘Biographies of Political Leaders.’ For the record, no. 2 on that list is What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, while others near the top are The Restless… Read more

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August 16th will be the 70th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s death. For the last 13 years of his life – ever since he retired from baseball in 1935 – he waited for a phone call. He wanted to manage a big-league baseball team. The biggest name in the game – the biggest name in sport… Read more

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