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Newsmaker Rick Hansen

They said it couldn't be done, but Rick Hansen defied all the odds. The long, gruelling hours. Bitter cold and oppressive humidity. The numbing pain that shot through his arms and shoulders at the end of the day. But nothing stopped Hansen as he circled the world in his wheelchair for over two years to raise awareness and money for spinal cord research. And even when the tour was over he kept going, a man in perpetual motion.

After being appointed Commissioner General to the Canada Pavilion which will be at Expo '88 in Australia, Rick Hansen fulfils a rite of passage of all Canadian newsmakers by appearing on Front Page Challenge. Hansen doesn't have much luck in stumping the panel though, as it takes the savvy Pierre Berton 43 seconds to correctly guess his identity, while guest panellist Carole Taylor instantly identifies the story. After the break, Hansen sits down with the panel to talk about the Man In Motion Tour.
• "In the 31 years we've been on the air, we've had a lot of famous people, but I can't think of anyone who's paid us a greater honour in being with us." — Front Page Challenge host Fred Davis on Hansen's appearance on the show

• Hansen was named Newsmaker of the Year in 1986 by the Canadian Press.

• Former journalist Carole Taylor worked in the media for over 20 years — including a stint as the first host of CTV's Canada A.M. — before Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed her chair of the CBC/Radio-Canada's Board of Directors in 2001.

Medium: Television
Program: Front Page Challenge
Broadcast Date: Dec. 18, 1987
Guest(s): Rick Hansen
Host: Fred Davis
Panellist: Pierre Berton, Allan Fotheringham, Betty Kennedy, Carole Taylor
Duration: 9:52

Last updated: February 14, 2012

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