Well, if you're going to be a groupie, Scrufflet, start at the top, with someone like Lightfoot.
I love it, Noskates: our own country. We need to design a passport. Does it have to be rectangular?
I love that anecdote about Kurt. I never saw his autobiography on sale here in the states. (In our country of Pseudo-Canada, of course, it would never go out of print.) It's often true that parents of kid achievers work hard to make sure their kids learn their obligations to fans. Years ago, I had the supreme good luck of getting to interview (by phone only, alas) Michelle Kwan when she was twelve and had just "promoted" herself to senior. It was for a little kids' newsletter, nothing special, and she was so new that I'm not sure anyone outside skating fandom had noticed her yet. She was just a little kid that did a nifty thing. Two or three people in our office were skate fans, so we suggested interviewing her. Afterward, she sent us a letter, handwritten, thanking us for the interview. Now, that's good parenting. No wonder she turned out the way she did.
Gotta Have Music
I all these stories! Thanks for the "dubbing!"
BTW, I like the song "We Are the World," but I like "Tears Are Not Enough" (The Canadian famine relief song) even more.
We saw Gordon in concert a few months ago @ a local theatre where people do wait outside after the concert if the weather is OK. As a (retired) teacher, I still go into my school to help out in the library and with ESL students (my specialty). One day I was in the reading room, looking @ the "Big Books" to borrow for use with elementary students. I came across a book called "The Big Fitz" (about the Edmund Fitzgerald's history & shipwreck). I asked the head reading teacher if I could borrow it so that I could take it to Gordon's concert, and show it to him. She said I was absolutely welcome to take it and keep it. She even let me have two copies! I gave one copy to Gordon after the show (I wrote him an explanation of how I was able to get it), and he & his entire back-up band autographed it for us! It doesn't mention his song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," but that's OK. I figured he would appreciate receiving a book like this. I do have a copy of a beautifully illustrated book based on one of his signature songs (that he was commissioned to write), "The Canadian Railroad Trilogy." I took that to one of his concerts a year or two before, and he & his whole band autographed that one for us, too! Re: the Olympics - I was thrilled that he participated in the opening ceremonies of 1988 Calgary, singing his own song "Alberta Bound!" Oh, one other thing. When I first heard of Brian Orser ( ) in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, I was excited to learn that he was originally from Orillia, Ontario, Gordon's hometown (I knew that because of the liner notes from Gord's Gold volume 1 - 1975). That really resonated with me.
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