Born in Montreal I have lived here all my life except for 5 years while serving with the RCAF. During that period I flew CF-100 All-Weather Interceptors in Europe as part of Canada’s contribution to NATO.
In 1970 I joined the Broadcasting industry where I was to remain for the next 35 years. Starting as a newscaster with CFOX Radio on Montreal’s West Island I moved to CFCF TV the following year. My first job at CFCF was Producer of the award-winning As It Is, a weekly public affairs program. Later I teamed up with the late Ginger Jones to form Pulse Probe, Montreal’s first television unit dedicated to producing hard-hitting investigative reports for Pulse News. The numerous awards garnered by this unit included the prestigious Ohio State Award and the B’Nai Brith Human Rights League Award of Merit.
During my 34 years with CFCF TV and CTV Montreal I also worked as a general assignment reporter covering such major events as the tragic fires at the Bluebird Café in Montreal and the New Year’s Eve blaze at Chapais in Northern Quebec and a major earthquake in Italy. I received an ACTRA Award (now called Gemini) for an expose of the Apostles of Infinite Love, a cult based in the Laurentians.
As a Special Events Producer I was responsible for live election and political convention broadcasts and special events as diverse as Premier Rene Levesque’s Visit to Paris and Super Bowl XXI broadcast in French on the TQS Network. I also computerized the news department and acquired the first Satellite Truck in Canada which was also the first privately licensed Satellite ground station in Canada. Here are some highlights.
On two occasions I served as Executive Producer of News the position I held at retirement in 2004.
Following retirement I served as Mayor of Beaconsfield for four years and until 2018 I published a daily blog Home Technology Montreal, my take on the latest in Personal Technology and Car Tech. I backed away from the blog because filling a daily blog just became too much work for an octogenarian retiree. If you are curious, the last five years of Home Technology Montreal are archived here.
However I soon found too little work was as bad as too much, even worse perhaps. So, here we are with my new effort Bob’s Place, a collection of random thoughts about things that strike my fancy. It will include the sharing of articles I like or dislike, some reviews of things I own and random stuff such as retail experiences good or bad and more. I hope you will become a regular visitor.