Flashback: Pagers, a cat burglar and ... Barenaked who?

Our latest Flashback newsletter includes a look back at a very early approach to working from home and a story about a cat who stalked prey on a golf course.

Many people are working at home in 2020, but the trend began years ago

An ironclad rule for Bank of Montreal employees working outside the office was that they be available by pager from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (CBC at Six/CBC Archives)

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The electronic tether

At the Bank of Montreal in 1991, the "floating office" meant having a beeping pager turned on during work hours for managers who wanted to work at home.

Avoiding a gruelling commute, even if it meant making your own coffee, was the main reason many liked working at home. The company saved on the cost of office space, too.

And in 1994, the CBC reported on a Calgary insurance agent who moved his work life to a weekend retreat in the Foothills, thanks to the "information highway."

November's very own

Ryan Gosling, seen above during a 1993 interview with CBC News, turned 40 in November 2020. (Prime Time News/CBC Archives)

Drake may be October's Very Own, but many famous Canadians could say the same about November.

This year, it's the month that actor Ryan Gosling turned 40 and singer-songwriter Neil Young turned 75, while fellow singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell turned 77.

Several other well-known Canadians are celebrating birthdays of their own this week: troubadour Gordon Lightfoot turned 82 on Tuesday, comedy producer Lorne Michaels turned 76 on Tuesday and author Margaret Atwood will be 81 on Wednesday

A tribute to Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek, seen here in a photo taken in 1970, had a long career with CBC before his days as the host of TV's Jeopardy! (CBC Still Photo Collection)

We've all heard the sad news that Canadian quizmaster Alex Trebek died recently at age 80.

His long and record-setting reign as Jeopardy! host won't likely be equalled and the show won't be the same.

Trebek's final shows are airing over the next few weeks. But fans can forever remember his early days on television with CBC.

Not yet, Canada

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, seen here in an August 1975 photo, was not able to get a seat at the table when the G6 countries met that fall — but change would come the following year. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

Forty-five years ago, Canada wanted in at the G6. It didn't happen, despite pressure from Britain, West Germany, Japan and the U.S. It wouldn't be until 1976 that things changed.

Head-scratching headline

Ed Robertson, left, guitarist for the band Barenaked Ladies, is seen with lead singer Steven Page on CBC's Front Page Challenge in 1994. (Front Page Challenge/CBC Archives)

Maybe it wasn't fair to expect that the seasoned panel of Front Page Challenge would guess they were quizzing the Barenaked Ladies. The story? How the band dissed Toronto.

No more dancing

Jockey Bill Hartack is aboard Northern Dancer, right, as he crosses the finish line to win the 88th running of the Preakness at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland, in this May 16, 1964 file photo. (The Associated Press)

"The Dancer's gone," Al Maitland told As It Happens listeners on Nov. 16, 1990. That day, Northern Dancer, the famed Canadian racehorse, was put down. He was 29 years old.

Literally, a cat burglar

With the golf season over for the year, Mindy seemed to be losing interest in retrieving golf balls. (1st Edition/CBC Archives)

She used to capture live prey. But then Mindy switched to golf balls from the neighbouring Brightwood course in Dartmouth, N.S. — nabbing 150 of them over a few months in 1987.

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