Foster Hewitt + Bombardier
At 2pm Thursday and repeated Saturday at 1 am and 5pm (ET):
He shoots, he scores! To celebrate a new season of Hockey Night in Canada, Rewind celebrates half a century of legendary hockey commentator Foster Hewitt. Every Saturday night his exuberant, nasal voice rang from CBC Radio.
Among sports broadcasters, Foster Hewitt was regarded as a pioneer. His ability to cut to the quick, his economy of words and his enthusiasm were hallmarks.
At 1 am, 6 am and noon (ET):
The birth of the ski-doo. Its inventor's name was Joseph-Armand
Bombardier, a shy and determined mechanic who dreamed of building a
vehicle that could "float on snow." In 1937 the first snowmobile rolled
out of his small repair shop in Valcourt, Quebec.
became an instant hit but not for the reasons imagined by M. Bombardier.
He originally called it a "ski-dog" because he intended it as a
practical vehicle, which could replace the dogsled for hunters and
trappers. A typographical error in a Bombardier brochure changed the
name Ski-Dog to Ski-Doo. Armand liked the sound of the erroneous name
and kept it. Hear more on this edition of Rewind.