Pierre Berton: the writer at home
More than any other writer, Pierre Berton brought Canadian history to life. Born in the Yukon in 1920, Berton was a journalist, broadcaster and panellist on the long-running CBC-TV program Front Page Challenge. His books on the remarkable people, places and events of the past helped create a national mythology and earned him a spot on the bookshelves and in the hearts of Canadians.
• Berton met his wife, Janet, while the pair worked at the campus newspaper at the University of British Columbia. They were married in 1946 and had eight children: Penny, Pamela, Patsy, Peter, Paul, Peggy Ann, Perri and Eric Basciano, a foster son who joined the family at age 16. • Berton's research assistant, Barbara Sears, died in August 2009 at age 63.
Program: CBC Television Special
Broadcast Date: March 29, 1987
Guest(s): Pierre Berton, Janet Berton, Peter Gzowski, Jack McLelland, Barbara Sears
Last updated: February 9, 2012
Page consulted on January 29, 2014
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