Answer to yesterday’s quiz.
I thought you might never get this in a million years, but Marjo nailed it. It’s Lester B. Pearson, and the scribblimg either says Pearson or PM, it’s hard to know. Way to go Marjo.
For those of you who haven’t heard of this fellow, he was the Canadian PM from 1963 to ’68, he won the Nobel Prize, is responsible for our current flag, and has a long list of buildings and schools named in his honour, including Pearson International Airport in Toronto. And the NHL had a trophy named after him (since renamed the Ted Lindsay Award), for the player voted best in the league by his peers.
I got it when I was a kid and happened to be at the Orillia arena for a Liberal Party rally, of all things. I guess security wasn’t much of an issue at the time, considering a 12 year old boy could walk right up to the leader of the country.
It wasn’t like I was there to learn about politics. I just must have been bored one night and decided to go the arena. The only things I knew then were hockey, baseball, bubblegum cards, and that the girls in my school were getting bigger chests.
I also saw a Tommy Hunter concert there once, and lots of wrestling matches, all around the same time. Seeing Don Messer’s Jubilee at the old barn seems to ring a bell too.
Mr. Pearson passed away in December of 1972, and hopefully he was able to comfortably enjoy the Canada-Russia Summit Series, held a couple of months prior to his passing.