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Stuart McLean

Does anybody know anything about Stuart Mclean? Like,  where he's from, how he got started, or anything else?

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 have you tried googling his biography?  Don't trust Wikipedia.

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i know that the christmas season doesn't officially begin until the kids and i sit down and listen to him tell the story 'polly andersons christmas party'... and the story where dave tries to fix the toaster and winds up destroying the whole kitchen makes me cry i laugh so hard...

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My son and I saw him at Christmas and after the show we were first in line to have his book signed. He hardly spoke to me but talked at length with my boy. I was very touched by their exchange and I wrote him a letter. He wrote back saying he remembered talking to S. and that the exchange had also touched him. Now S. is writing a school paper on Stuart but he can't find any information other than his work for CBC.

 

Our\favorite is 'the cricket'. Even when we listen to that for the the hundredth time, we'll be laughing like the first time. Don't know what it is about that cricket!

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this looked pretty good, and it also had links to outside sources...

 

http://www.answers.com/topic/stuart-mclean

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This was helpful SS, thankyou.. :-)

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We love Stuart McLean here too ... Sunday's just not the same if we don't catch a story!

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He started out working with the greatest broadcaster of all time, Peter Gzowski.  Indeed, one of the greatest moments ever in the history of radio is a conversation between Peter and Stuart that ends with a dead cricket.  It really needs to be heard.

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Here it is!!

 

http://archives.cbc.ca/arts_entertainment/media/clips/12587/

 

Go.  Now.  Listen!

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I've interacted with him a few times.  I discovered an consistency error in one of his stories in one of his books, 'Secrets From The Vinyl Cafe' and wrote to him to advise of the editorial faux pas.  He wrote back to me, personally, mentioning he was astounded his editors/proof-readers hadn't noticed and sent me a copy of his latest CD.

 

I believe, but don't quote me, that he still lives in the Annex area of Toronto (not far from where I live, in fact, but not sure exactly where).

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Wow, a neighbour! How cool is that? : -)

 

We also like WIRETAP, right after Vinyl Cafe on Sundays at 1:00 where I live.

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My late mother was a huge Gzowski fan and got me hooked on Morningside when I was in university and sometimes stayed home in the morning if I didn't have a morning class. Stuart's Monday morning visit was one of the highlights of the show (and, yes, I heard the cricket episode on it's first broadcast).

 

I've never been a regular Vinyl Cafe listener, but have enjoyed some of the stories and the shows where he foregoes the stories and just focusses on music are often excellent. That said, his style started to grate on my nerves at some point and I'm not as fond of him as I used to be.

 

Interestingly, a former boss' son went to Ryerson for journalism when McLean was teaching there and I'm pretty sure that she told me that her son didn't particularly like him (can't remember why).

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he just writes reallyfunny stuff

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