Toronto Mike


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Our Poor French Teacher

Throughout primary school, we had a French teacher who would pop in our class for 45 minutes or so on certain days of the week.  I'm sure there was (and is) a minimum number of hours French must be taught in Ontario, and we got that minimum. Looking back, we
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If It Ain't Broke

In grade 5, I wrote a speech about dreams. My teacher awarded me a spot delivering this speech in front of the entire school. That competition, however, was weeks away. During that gap, I started tweaking my presentation. One day, out of the blue, my teacher asked me to deliver
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Zach: The Lego Maniac

Zach (or is it Zack?) was a Lego maniac, or so the ads told claimed. I remember seeing this ad in 1987 and thinking the kid was pretty full of himself.  Look at him stacking away like it ain't no thing. As a card carrying member of the LEGO Club
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Libby's Zoodles Ad Uncovered

Over seven years ago, I wrote about that Zoodles ad.  I've known the words by heart since 1980 and I've never forgotten. FInally, thanks to Retrontario, I can see this old ad for Libby's Zoodles again.  Here it is. Related: I uncover the Alpha-Getti Gobbler ad.
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1986 W5H Metro Champs (Almost)

Not to brag or anything, but I led our "small Separate school" to a "Metro-wide second place showing" in the 1986 W5H competition. This article appeared in the Bloor West Villager.  I'm the cool looking guy in the front row who needed a haircut and tucked his shirt into his
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A Dying Relic of Playgrounds Past

When I was a kid, the dome jungle gym was the heartbeat of most playgrounds.  You always had a slide (that got awfully hot under the sun), swings, a see-saw and the dome jungle gym. As the old playgrounds are destroyed and replaced with modern, safer ones, the dome jungle
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Who Anne Murray Is To Me

I'm still south of 40, so I don't remember Anne Murray's heyday with "Snowbird" and her other early and mid-70s hits.  I missed the Anne Murray era, but I have very strong memories of her. In 1977, Anne Murray released There's a Hippo in My Tub, and my parents bought
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I Am The Computer Man

Vid Kids was a show that aired on CBC in the mid 80s for a couple of seasons.  I stumbled upon it in 1985 and was completely mesmerized by this performance by Bob Schneider of a song I called "I Am The Computer Man". That was almost 30 years ago,
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My Atari Years

I just read that Atari has filed for bankruptcy in the US. The oldest brand in video gaming is to sell of (sic) its distinctive logo and the rights to classic games such as Pong, Asteroids and Centipede.My first home gaming experience was with Atari.  In the early 80s,
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