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Kate Aitken: No blue Mondays

The Story


"Hello everyone, happy Monday to you. Blue Monday? Aw, listen: now there's no sense feeling that way. And just to take your mind off the housework and the washing and tonight's dinner..."  With co-host Johnny Scott by her side, Mrs. A launches into one of her earliest broadcasts for CBC. In this 1948 clip she describes a Toronto nursery school, a Canadian meal sent over to Britain, how to combat the common cold and her thoughts on the Soviet Union.

Medium: Radio
Program: Kate Aitken
Broadcast Date: Sept. 27, 1948
Host: Kate Aitken, Johnny Scott
Duration: 14:27
Photo: CBC Still Photo Collection

Did You know?


• Kate Aitken was born Katherine Scott in Beeton, Ont., in 1891. Her parents ran the town's general store, and young Kate and her six siblings also worked there.
• At 16, Kate took a teaching course and became a teacher in one-room schools in Ontario and Saskatchewan.
• In 1914 she married Henry Aitken, an accountant. The couple lived briefly in Minnesota before moving back to Ontario and having two daughters, Mary and Anne.


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