Don Harron and his alter ego, Charlie Farquharson
• Harron wrote the 1967 edition, which toured Canada that year as a Centennial event. Titled My Country... What's it to You?, the show was a look at Canadian history since the Ice Age. • Harron's talents extended off the stage and screen. In 1957 he and Norman Campbell adapted Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables for CBC Television. Seven years later their adaptation opened as a musical at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, where it has run every summer since. Harron also wrote a number of satirical books as his alter ego, starting with Charlie Farquharson's Histry of Canada in 1972. • In 1977 Harron tried out a new persona on CBC Radio: himself. As host of Morningside, there was no makeup or costume for him to hide behind, and he held the job for five years before handing the reins over to Peter Gzowski in 1982. • Charlie Farquharson apparently went by another name for a time. In April 1958 Maclean's magazine wrote: "Harron's best-known auto-creation is Farmer Harry Shorthorn, a malinformed Ontario rustic who tours the CNE midway and says things like, "I take everything I see in this middleway with a dose of salts. Take that there two-headed boy from Borneo; oh, he's got two heads right enough, but I got my doubts he's really from Borneo." • Besides starring on the stage in Canada, the United States and Britain, Harron was a regular on American television in the 1960s and early '70s, playing roles on such series as The Fugitive, The Outer Limits, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Dr. Kildare. He also continued to perform as Charlie Farquharson, appearing regularly on Hee Haw in the United States until 1997. • Harron appeared before Pierre Trudeau at a Prime Minister's dinner in 1973 in the character of Charlie Farquharson. According to Martha Harron's biography of her father, A Parent Contradiction, Trudeau almost fell out of his chair with laughter when Charlie referred to Trudeau's Omnibus Bill. "You tole us the guvmint couldn't do its business in the middle of our bedroom, and then you went and let all them homo-sectionals have the free abortions," said Charlie. • In 2004 Charlie was inducted as a Charter Member of Possum Lodge on CBC Television's The Red Green Show.
Program: 90 Minutes Live
Broadcast Date: Oct. 14, 1977
Guest: Don Harron
Host: Peter Gzowski
Last updated: October 21, 2013
Page consulted on December 5, 2013
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