With the 33rd annual Pride Parade taking place in our city today I thought I'd jump in the time machine and remember that time I was quoted in a textbook called "Perspectives on Ideology" alongside Ayn Rand. Happy WorldPride day!
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
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
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
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.
Yesterday's Super Bowl was awful. The Broncos were terrible and the game was as one-sided as possible. I didn't have a horse in this race, so I was rooting for a good game, and I didn't get my wish. Exactly 10 years ago today, the post-Super Bowl chatter was all
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
This picture was taken in late 1974 near St Clair and Atlas Avenue in Toronto. It's just me and my mom.
Christmas is coming, and that means getting out the Consumers Distributing catalogue and circling the gifts you desire. Sure, that Citizen brand stereo you want will likely be out of stock, but what are ya gonna do? If you're curious as to why Consumers Distributing didn't survive, read the comments
I must have watched this Sports Illustrated commercial a hundred times back in the '80s. I had no idea the guy looking for the all new Not-So-Great Moments in Sports video was a young John Slattery, best known as Roger Sterling on Mad Men.
Confession time... When Wayne Gretzky was promoting Great Western Garment jeans in the early 80s, I thought GWG stood for Great Wayne Gretzky. I believed this for quite some time, actually. This ad from '82 shared by Retrontario brought this memory roaring back. The Great Western Garment Company was founded
The CNE opens tomorrow, and it always brings back a ton of memories. I worked at the CNE for three summers as a game booth attendant, from 1989-1991. That gave me a unique perspective. If you want to revisit my many Canadian National Exhibition memories, visit my CNE page where
Ten Years ago today, we endured the worst black out in North American history. This is what I wrote when the lights came back on. 24 hours and 12 minutes. That's how long the power was off at my humble abode.Of course, the worst black out in North American
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
My brother Ryan made a great speech at my wedding last month, and I've got a copy of his notes. This is an excerpt from his speech in which he tells the tale of "the game we always play" and "the game we almost always play". I recall a baseball
This entry originally appeared on July 2, 2003. I've gotta share this story, because it's too surreal not to post. Yesterday my buddy Marc gave me a call and asked me if I wanted to join a pick-up game of softball a few of our fellow teammates started up. With
During yesterday's 18-inning Blue Jays game, my brother Steve and I reminisced about the best games we've seen live. One such game, on September 18, 1992, featured a highlight from Domingo Martínez. Domingo Martínez was a beast, and with Rance Mulliniks on base after his final career hit, he hit
I just assembled a nice 30 minute playlist for my swim tomorrow. It took me less than a minute. That got me reminiscing about the mixes I used to make for my old Sony Walkman when I was in grade school. I had this big ol' dual cassette stereo from
I went to high school at Michael Power / St. Joseph's. Today the school is located near Centennial Park in Etobicoke, but when I attended the school, it was nested between Bloor and Dundas just west of Islington. Today, you'll find Michael Power Place condos where I once studied history. During
The first home team clinching game I recall was when George Bell squeezed the last out to clinch my Blue Jays the AL East in 1985. It wasn't until that next April, however, that we broke out the Diet Coke. The Maple Leafs were awful in 1985-86, finishing 25-48-7. In
I've written about my old blue transistor radio before, but it's been almost seven years so I thought I'd reminisce once more. It was a Christmas gift in the mid-80s and I used to fall asleep listening to it. More often than not, I was listening to Tom Cheek and
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
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,
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,