You Need A Picture, You Go To The Top

I decided, when I was 13, that I needed an 8×10 glossy of the Rocket shaking hands with Sugar Jim Henry, so I went right to the top. I wrote a letter to La Presse and it ended up on the desk of editor-in chief Gerard Pelletier.

And who is Gerard Pelletier, you ask? Well, aside from being editor at the Montreal French-language daily, and according to Wikipedia, he, his buddy Pierre Trudeau, and Jean Marchand were recruited by Prime Minister Lester Pearson to help derail the rising Quebec separatist movement. Later on, Pelletier would become a cabinet minister in the Trudeau government, and would eventually take the role of ambassador to France, and then ambassador to the United Nations. He was also awarded the Order of Canada.

So as you can see, he was quite a big shot.

I think it was mighty nice of him to write to me, considering his paper was on strike at the time. And yes, he did pass my letter on to the sports department, because at some point, my 8×10 glossy showed up at my house.




15 thoughts on “You Need A Picture, You Go To The Top”

  1. That’s brilliant. I love it.

    Yes, he was a big shot. I like that he was so business-like and forthright about it, too.

    I suppose there’s a lesson in there for me, too. I’ll let you know what it is once it sinks in.

    Thanks, Dennis. This is gold.

  2. I’d forgotten about the older indentation style of writing. I write full business block without even thinking of that old method anymore. It looks odd. But we got in trouble when we deviated back then, didn’t we?

  3. HDS, I was a lousy student and wasn’t smart enought to deviate styles. I was a decent pool player though!

  4. You had amazing nerve Dennis writing for this stuff. Sad thing is, you can tell it’s a different time because today your letter probably would have been tossed in the garbage.

    I remember once when I was a kid calling CFCF (local channel) and actually getting to speak to the programming director. My big complaint? Not enough superhero TV shows on TV. He actually talked to me and explained the whole process of getting shows and the cost, etc. It was amazing. I will never get over the fact that this man took time out of his busy day to talk to a dumb ten year old kid.

  5. There is no way Markov plays this year. If he does, maybe it’ll be for a week at the end of March maybe? What a fiasco this was. He’s been gone so long that when he finally does come back it’ll feel like we made a big trade or something.

  6. Darth, that’s funny. I agree. There’s never been enough superhero shows. Good for you for pointing this out.

  7. Cool Danno, thanks. He was quite a big shot for sure. And all along I thought the three wise men were Milbury, Stock, and Cherry.

  8. Isn’t Markov one of the last super-heroes from way back when. His show was moth-balled and replaced by the current reality. I’m with you Dennis and Darth, this reality TV sucks, I want the super-heroes back.

  9. The only reality show I like is The Amazing Race. The rest can bite me.

    There are some good shows on TV: Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias, Game Of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory…the rest is medicore to crap sadly.

    One great show was Blackadder.

    Markov is some guy the Habs had in the lineup years ago. I think he was a forward…or was it a goalie?

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