And NowHere's Max Author:Max Ferguson Recalling his twenty years in the broadcasting industry, Max (alias Rawhide) has come up with the first lighthearted expose of Canadian radio and TV ever to short-circuit coast-to-coast communications. — The popular Canadian broadcaster has been delighting audiences with barbs at the Establishment ever since starting out in the 1940s with CFPL ra... more »dio, London, Ontario. He now recalls the highlights of that thoroughly fun-filled career, especially of the happy circumstances which, in 1947, were to inspire his enormously successful "Rawhide" radio series.
During the seventeen years "Rawhide" inflicted his irascible Western drawl on a willing North American public, controversy was the program's byword. An indignant clergyman, in a letter published by the Ottawa "Journal," wrote that "Rawhide" was fit only for "Godless Soviet Russia." One member of parliament actually rose in the House of Commons to denounce what he called poor "Rawhide's" 'ravings!'
Max achieved a sweet revenge, however, by perpetuating - successfully - one of the biggest hoaxes ever pulled in government circles. He's still chuckling over that one.
In the same engaging style and easy manner familiar to listeners of his current CBC morning show, Max also tells witty tales on many a Canadian celebrity. James Bannerman, Earl Cameron, Commander W.E.S. Briggs, and Lorne Greene - to name but a few - are all in for their share of his mischief- making. Certainly no prepared script could hope to match the hilarious backstage antics repeated here: The night Commander Briggs found himself at a loss for clothes, but not for invective, in his hotel corridor...or the strange case of the swearing minister who broadcast smutty parables...or Clement Atlee, the guest monkey who failed to go ape over our hero - but bit him instead!
So whether reflecting on the years spent with his lively cohorts from "Rawhide" days, or describing favourite stories from the archives of the CBD, Max Ferguson, you're on.
Cartoonist Doug Wright, whose "Nipper" (now "Doug Wright's Family") and "Juniper Junction" are weekly institutions across Canada, has added to the fun with several of his inimitable drawings.
Wonderful for age. Jacket has edge wear, but is remarkably well-preserved. Pages not yellowing appreciably. Gift inscription inside.« less