A second more successful emigration attempt took me to Toronto, Canada in 1969. Thanks to a highly creative resume I got a job with a Toronto radio station rewriting stories from a newspaper newsroom and teletyping them back to the announcers. I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. I finally knew what I wanted to do – write - and set up my work station (right).
I moved into print and, in 1974, was appointed editor of a current events magazine that was designed for use by high school students. In 1987, my wife (also a journalist) and I bought the magazine and we still publish it, although now only in digital form.
Question: "Shots rang out followed by a blood-curdling scream." Do shots ring and can blood curdle?
I’ve usually been in the happy position of being able to write about pretty much anything that interests me, but, just about everything interests me, so the field is wide open.
I have a specific interest in politics (I’m fascinated by the mendacity), history in general and the Great War in particular, crime (as an observer not practitioner), the law and justice (often mutually exclusive), the unexplained (there’s often an explanation that’s far less sensational than the speculation), scams and swindles (exposing them not pulling them), hoaxes and conspiracy theories (love exploding those), inequality (income, race, gender, etc.), the environment. I have little interest in science, because science involves mathematics and the place where numeracy is located in normal brains is occupied in mine by a small piece of three-quarter inch plywood.
Question: Why do paint companies continue to boast that “One coat covers?” When it never has and probably never will.
Linda, my wife of almost 40 years, and I now live in the city of Waterloo, Ontario – home to two universities and the BlackBerry Company. Waterloo was recently designated the world’s smartest community by some organization that pretended to have a way of measuring mass municipal intelligence.