guess I've always been a Royalty watcher. When I was very young, my
grandmother used to subscribe to a British publication called Women's
Weekly and it always had articles about the Royal Family, which I
enthusiastically devoured. When Prince Charles married Diana Spencer, I
was one of the "billion people around the world" glued to the
television screen. Likewise 17 years later when Diana's funeral cortege
moved through the streets of London to Westminster Abbey. I'd have
loved to be a journalist covering the princess, to have interviewed
her, known her. But, failing that, doing this cover story for Forever
Young, was the next best thing. It is one that I am extremely proud of.
I heard that a London veteran was credited with taking out Rommel -- the
Desert Fox -- during WW II, I knew it would be a great story for Forever
Young. But when I spent an afternoon with Charley, first listening to
him recount his wartime experiences for a group of senior Kiwanians in
London and, later, listening to him talk about his passion for ensuring
that young people today, born decades after that war, understand and
appreciate the sacrifices that led to the lifestyle they enjoy, I was
truly inspired. And, last November, when I opened the paper and learned
of his death in a car crash, I was deeply saddened. I hope these
articles convey all those emotions and touch the hearts of readers.
cover story for Live It! magazine wasn't the first time I'd encountered
and written about Greta and Janet Podleski, widely known as the
"Looneyspoon sisters" after their first cookbook of low-fat recipes set
Canadian sales records. But it's always fun to talk to these two lively
and highly entertaining women. And I take great pride in the fact that
we share the same hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario.
Veronica Tennant A New Role Interviewing
Veronica Tennant, a true icon of Canadian ballet, was indeed a treat. I
found her easy to talk with, down to earth and passionate about her
causes, be it her filmmaking career or a healthy lifestyle.
didn't 'grow up' through the seventies and not love the music of Blood
Sweat and Tears! I remember working with the Saskatchewan Teachers'
Federation, in the mid-seventies, and doing a lot of driving around
that province in my little yellow Mazda with an 8-track (yup!) tape
deck. BST was one of my first tape buys and the surely made that long,
lonely highway between Saskatoon and Regina go by a whole lot faster.
So, the opportunity to talk to David Clayton Thomas was, to say the
least, a thrill. A few months later, he played the Blues Fest in London
(that's where the picture on the page was taken) and thanks to my
friend Anya (Anya Wilson Promotion and Publicity/Toronto) I got a
brief-but-exciting back-stage meeting with the man. Totally awesome! And just this month, I had the priveledge of interviewing him again as he prepares to fulfill another lifelong dream, taking the stage at Massey Hall along with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.