Some early feedback from the Trent Magazine mail bag:
“Superb issue. I just wrote Lee Hays and told her (now telling you!!) that in our house we get five of these publications (University of Cambridge, St John’s College, Cambridge, UWO, UofT and Trent). Of them, the Trent Magazine stands heads and shoulders above the rest.”
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“Dear Mr. Fraser,
When my fall issue of Trent Alumni U magazine arrived, I was delighted to see a photograph of you on the set of George Stroumboulopoulos! Kudos to anybody that can hold their own with that guy. Way to go! Stutterers and the inarticulate need not apply.
[Editor’s note: I was never on “The Hour.” But I did have a chance to chat with George in front of his audience. His is a great show.]
I was both surprised and pleased to see this issue feature Lindwood Barclay: Man of Mystery by Carly Snider. I always found Barclay a humble individual and I met him three separate times.
The first time I met him was through the pages of the Toronto Star. I am an avid Star follower and have subscribed for years , cancelling only when we left Canada for four years . His columns always disclosed precious little details on his family – sort of a window into the private lives of the family of a big city editor. We followed Paige when she moved to England for a British residency. We followed his son through the torturous nerve wracking stress visited on all parents as they trustingly place a teenage son behind the wheel.
Then shortly after I could no longer follow my beloved First Family of Number One Yonge , I met him in person with Neetha and Paige at Word on the Street, the literary festival held annually in Toronto’s Queen’s Park. For me it was as though characters in a movie plot were suddenly given life and given the ability to develop a two way street of conversation. I could wonder /ponder a concept aloud and voila! – it would be answered in a TTC minute. I collected autographs and thanked the whole family for lending me a few minutes of their precious time – there was a sizeable line up and I tried not to take more than my share.
The third time I met Lindwood was in the pages of No Time for Goodbye. In Snider’s article this line jumped off the page : “ …No Time for Goodbye got even bigger in the U.K. and he found he had too much to do.” He DID get big in the U.K. I mentioned a four year residency earlier – I was in one of our Commonwealth countries and I literally watched how big Barclay got . His books were available every where . I picked mine up at a grocery store on the weekend . For me it satisfied the weekly Canadian-fix I needed to remain away from Ontario soil. I guess I felt if I had access to a Canadian writer , I was still in touch with home and better so, I could still get home – I wasn’t in some far-flung world destination , cut off from Canada – I could still read Lindwood Barclay.
Congratulations to Carly Snider for presenting this article. What a good idea it was and how nice for some of us who still miss him in the pages of the Star.”
Anne Marie Beattie ‘81