i'll admit to not knowing about this man's long-time writings. but i quite liked this bit:
The question readers have asked me most often over the years is, Where do I get my “article ideas”? Often followed by a quick, “You must have a massive archives.”
They’re right about my archives but I wouldn’t be much of a storyteller if I didn’t go back—way back—to the beginning. Growing up in postwar Victoria (specifically, Saanich’s Swan Lake area, as yet unspoiled by urban sprawl) seems like another world to me now.
It was, to some degree, a Tom Sawyer-esque childhood, with its farms, lakes, woods and miles of railway tracks—and the American parallel isn’t all that inaccurate.
You see, when I was a boy we didn’t have, as I saw it, any visible Canadian history. My parents’ generation had come through the Great Depression and just fought the Second World War as equal partners with their allies—Canada had had, ever so briefly, the world’s third largest navy. Yet there seemed to be no visible national identity; at least, as seen through the eyes of a child.
i'll bet growing up in the swan lake area in the 50's or 60's was quite magical.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 25 June 2020 - 03:32 PM.