Flashback: Sundown on a Canadian legend
Memories of Gordon Lightfoot and the retirement of a longtime CBC host
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Canadian musician Gordon Lightfoot died on May 1 at age 84, and his impact continues to resonate. Ideas for tributes to his memory — including a statue at a beloved music venue and a public square named after him — have already surfaced.
According to CBC records, he first appeared on two shows almost simultaneously in 1959: as one of the Singin' Swingin' Eight, a square-dancing ensemble on Country Hoedown, and as a contestant on Talent Caravan. In 1963, he appeared on the teen-oriented Music Hop (pictured above) and chatted with host Alex Trebek.
"Gord, how do you feel about how the folk songs are booming these days?" Trebek asked. (He also called Lightfoot "Gordie.") "It's very good, Al," Lightfoot replied. "There certainly is a lot of work around for folk singers."
With warmer temperatures comes the temptation to bare one's legs, but that comes with risks, especially for anyone walking in tall grass, reports CBC News.
Garden-variety wood ticks are nuisance enough, but for more than 30 years, Canadians have also had to beware the hazard of Lyme disease. On CBC's The National in 1989, reporter Eric Sorensen learned how to avoid deer ticks, which cause the illness.
"The ticks will wait and they'll look in the grass along the trail for something like a deer or a person to walk by [and] they'll latch on," said wildlife manager Jeff Robinson. His advice to avoid that was to tuck one's pants into one's socks.
Ready for a riot
The creators of I'm Just Here for the Riot, a new documentary about the melee in Vancouver that followed the Canucks' Stanley Cup loss in 2011, apparently named their film after the slogan printed on a T-shirt worn by an out-of-town participant.
The 2011 mayhem may have been fuelled by regular repetition of TV footage from 1994. "In the days leading up to Game 7, footage from that riot became a regular feature on local news," noted CBC Arts in a recent profile of the documentary.
The police were ready for whatever might happen on the streets during the final, according to a 2011 report from CBC News. "Our crowd-control unit is going to be front and centre," said Chief Jim Chu. "They're also going to be looking for people that might be getting a little carried away and give them a friendly chat."
How much coffee is too much? CBC Radio podcast The Dose said recently that genetics can have a lot to do with it. In 1979, even one cup proved to be too much for a secretary whose boss expected her to fetch coffee.
The last laugh
Longtime CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers has announced that her last time on air after 43 years will be next month. In 1997, when the CBC's Peter Gzowski hung up his microphone, Rogers was there for his last show.
An intersection seldom inspires strong feelings, but one in Winnipeg does for a resident who spoke to CBC Radio's As It Happens. Seen above: Portage and Main in 1958. Barricades have blocked pedestrians from those streets since 1979.
A new radio documentary from from Atlantic Voice, a storytelling series out of Halifax, revisits the city's heyday as "the new Seattle" due to the success of its bands (such as Sloan, above). At the time, a radio doc from CBC's Brand X painted a picture of "more plaid than you can handle."