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Arthur Black R.I.P.

Posted by howard, May 18, 2018

Arthur Black—one of Canada's best known humourists and broadcasters—passed away on February 21, 2018, blogging jokes as he went.

Mr. Black was perhaps best known for hosting CBC’s national radio show, Basic Black, which aired from 1983 to 2002. After he retired from Basic Black, Mr. Black was still heard regularly on regional CBC radio... Read this post

Potts the Unknown BC Poet

Posted by Howard, Jul 19, 2017
Paul Hugh Howard Potts, poet.

Paul Howard Potts (19 July 1911 – 26 August 1990), scion of a notable BC family, has been called “the people’s poet” and one of the most shamefully neglected poets of the 20th century. That is certainly true in BC, where he is unknown today.

A Canadian citizen born abroad in Datcet, Berskshire, UK, Potts was... Read this post

Fred Herzog: Photographer of a Past Era

Posted by Howard, Jun 23, 2017

Fred Herzog’s story is irresistible: skilled photographer with an unfashionable style labours in obscurity until his seventies, then is “discovered” and becomes a local and international celebrity. Born in Stuttgart on September 21, 1930, Herzog immigrated to Canada in 1953 and began documenting everyday life in Vancouver while holding a day job as a medical photographer.

Herzog’s subject was “the social fantastic of the street” popularized by Cartier-Bresson and the post-war... Read this post


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