Chris Simpson

Semper letteris mandate

Canada’s first air mail delivery: Neat

Answer: Brian Peck in 1918. Question: What was the name of the pilot who delivered Canada’s first airmail, and in what year did this event take place? Okay, so maybe it’s not … Continue reading

August 23, 2015

Browns’ B Magazine: Promoting shoes and illiteracy

We received a copy of B Magazine: Celebrity Edition. Clever title: B Magazine. Very original. So long as you don’t confuse it with the beauty journal B Magazine, the Bollywood … Continue reading

January 16, 2014

A Shaggy Dog Story: How Eustace broke his leg

Hey Jimbo, Bob, Tom. How’s about a bit of room by that stove? It’s cold ‘nuff out there to freeze the balls off’n a witch’s teat. My leg? I was … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Timmy

“Technically, I should call the police coroner and report you,” said the doctor looking hopelessly bewildered. “I’m sorry!?” said Timmy’s mother. “Well … your boy is dead,” he replied, and instantly cringed. … Continue reading

December 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Russell vs. the Prince of Darkness

In June of 1967, I was ten years old and my younger brother, Russell, was twelve. Canada was about to celebrate its Centennial, the Toronto Maple Leafs had won the … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tim and I survive Camp Whichwaywego

When I was nine years old we moved from the city to the country, but it was at summer camp a few months later that I truly learned the survival … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Through Russell’s eyes

I certainly don’t want to give the impression that I was an inordinately passive child, but it is true that when my cousin Ted came to live with us in Windsor in … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

I’ll impact you!

A search of Google News shows that in the last 24 hours there have been almost 800 articles with the phrase “impacted on.” That means almost 800 news writers in … Continue reading

August 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lose the ‘tude, dude — it’s sandwich lube!

When Kraft recently decided to re-brand Miracle Whip, they turned to McGarry Bowen (Chicago). The result is both compelling and bafflingly frustrating. There are three elements to the campaign: the TV … Continue reading

May 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Notable Interviews

To the right are a few of the noteworthy interviews I've conducted.

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin

Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy

Astronaut James Lovell