The old train station in Montreal represents the flavour of the city as you see how the architects of old embraced the old world look in a new and grand way. I suppose I could have taken a picture of one of the many great restaurants as well for if there is a city in this country that has consistently great food it would be Montreal as well. I’ve been here many times in the past few years and I am never disappointed.
This trip was a bit of a whirlwind as we visited a number of sites in a short time for some very specific reasons. Included in that was our largest thrift store in the country. What a remarkable team we have working in the Montreal area. They are great people.
I found a few remarkable items too including this through back to another day. It has two doors that slide to the right and left to give it a finished appearance when not in use, but the slide out turntable and colour television are wonderful. If you are from the age of flat screens and i-pods you may not be able to truly appreciate what it is that this family furniture item brought to the home. This would have been someone’s pride and joy.
One of the dreams I had coming into this office was to find a way to release for general viewing some of the interesting treasures in the archives. An early find was the 166 episodes of the television program that we produced in the late 1950’s (which went to we think around 1961). This program was called The Living Word.
I now have 65 episodes in hand and they are fascinating. They feature a variety of formats, sometimes it’s a drama and other times more of a musical format. It certainly is a variety program and places a strong theme within 15 minutes. The people involved seem to be from our territory and that of the USA east. It will take some time to catalogue and identify some of the people involved.
Here’s what I have learned so far. This was led by Arnold Brown and involved Ken Evenden and Ernie Miller. It was filmed in the basement (2B) of THQ and was done in the evenings so the elevators could be turned off so there was adequate power to run the lights. There was also a radio program but I haven’t got to that project yet!
It seems that there was in time a partnership with TSA in the USA as I’ve been able to identify the NYSB – and there are other hints of their help. There is, unfortunately no reference to a narrator, script-writer, producer, etc – and so far we have been unable to find a catalog so we can know which were produced first and in what order.
There seems to be involvement from officer and soldiers and slowly I think we will find names for those involved. As part of that research I am taking these to the Meighen retirement residence in a couple of weeks to let them help me identify those involved.
The other thing that is clear is that this was cutting edge in it’s day – both in terms of the effort and in time the format of the production. As I watch and listen I am constantly amazed at what they accomplished. But then that seems true of much of what TSA does down through the years.
BBC has produced a number of excellent television programs, a few of which we have been watching. We’ve enjoyed The Paradise, Land Girls, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife.
The significant plots, Ms. Dianne McMullen ha character development and wonderful music scores make for great productions. This is so far from the crude American sitcoms with their low production value and weak story lines.
If there is a contender to these BBC shows it would be Canada’s Murdoch Mysteries.