The famous residents listed on Windsor's famous residents pages are considered famous residents born in that city or town of Windsor. Even though that person was brought up in another city or town it's not fair to the city or town of Windsor where the famous person was actually born to add them to another city or town. We get a lot of requests for famous people considered to be famous in one city or town but were born in another city or town. Virtual Walk considers a famous resident, a person born in the city or town we list them in. It's not fair to the city or town the famous person was actually born in, to register them in another city or town, just because they spent part of their lives there. We'd rather add then to both places. Virtual Walk doesn't intentionally insult a famous resident in Windsor. So if we've missed someone important to Windsor we need to honour that resident by listing them in Windsor. Virtual Walk has listed the famous residents we could find in Windsor. I'm sure there are some famous residents in Windsor we've missed. If you know a famous resident in Windsor not listed on Windsor's Famous Residents page, contact us we'll be glad to research the information and add the information we've missed.
Is a Canadian entertainer, best known for his work as the human co-host of the children's show Ribert and Robert's Wonder world, which airs on public television. Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Bondy attended Catholic Central High School with early aspirations to become a hockey player or a dentist. A high school drama coach noticed the popular, engaging young man and encouraged Bondy to try out for a school play. He was cast in the lead and starred in every school play through graduation. In 1993, Bondy was only one of a handful of men to be accepted into the musical theatre degree program at the University of Windsor. Key roles on the college stage, in local repertory productions, and the Windsor Light Opera Company followed, and Bondy eventually relocated to Toronto to pursue a professional career.
Bondy was eventually chosen to help open the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World by starring in a production of Disney's Journey into the Jungle Book. After over eight hundred performances, Bondy returned to Windsor, where he would be seen performing in sold-out revues at the casinos in Windsor and across the river in Detroit, Michigan. Bondy would find himself performing on the Renaissance Cruise Lines, headlining high-octane musical revues until the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, forcing him to return to Toronto.
Bondy then gained experience in film, working as an extra and bit player, until he returned to performing aboard cruise ships in 2003, performing for another six months on the Norwegian Cruise Lines. During this stint aboard a cruise line, Bondy was approached by the creator of a new children's show. He had seen Bondy perform and was convinced that he found the human co-host he was looking for. When Bondy's contract with the cruise line expired, he began filming episodes of the live-action/animated series Ribert and Robert's Wonder world. The series was picked up by American Public Television and can now be seen on over a hundred public television stations in North America. In 2004, Bondy recorded an album of Broadway tunes and soft hits, Songs From the Heart. In August 2006, Bondy married the former Jennifer Kaeppel, an actress and dancer. They currently make their home in New York City, not far from where Ribert and Robert's Wonder world is produced. Bondy is a devoted fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. Bondy enjoys golf for relaxation.
Born March 8, 1971 in Windsor, Ontario nicknamed The Boogieman, is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman and current head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires. Boughner was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2nd round (32nd overall) of the 1989 National Hockey League Entry Draft, after a successful junior career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. With the additions of Vladimir Konstantinov and Niklas Lidstrom to the Detroit blue line in the early 1990s, Boughner received little opportunity to move beyond the organization's AHL farm team in Adirondack. Boughner signed as a free agent with the Florida Panthers in 1994 but was relegated to the minors until a trade brought him to the Buffalo Sabres in 1996. With the Sabres, he was given the opportunity to play regularly, and he was a solid physical component on the Buffalo blue line for two and a half years until he was claimed by the expansion Nashville Predators in the 1998 National Hockey League Expansion Draft. He later played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, and Colorado Avalanche before retiring in 2006. He served as captain of the Calgary Flames in 2001-2002, and assistant captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000-2001, in addition to serving as the Executive Vice-President of the National Hockey League Players Association from 2003 - 2006. Though somewhat small for an National Hockey League enforcer, Boughner was given the nickname 'The Boogieman' for his fearless style of play, and he became one of the National Hockey League's most respected 'tough guys' of his era, registering 1,449 penalty minutes in 630 career National Hockey League games.
Boughner headed a new ownership group in purchasing the Windsor Spitfires in February of 2006. He currently serves as head coach of the team, as well as President & C.E.O. In 2007-2008, he coached the team to it’s second best regular season finish with 94 points, and was honoured as Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year. Boughner currently resides in Tecumseh, Ontario with his wife, Jen. The two have four children: Brady, Molly, Emma, and Lola.
Born January 29, 1967 in Windsor, Ontario is a former Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. Sean Burke was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1985 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Sean Burke earned national attention from his international play. Sean Burke backstopped Canada's junior team to a silver medal in the 1986 World Junior Championships and a fourth-place finish for the national men's team at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Burke went from the Olympics to the Devils. He started 11 games for the Devils in the 1987-88 National Hockey League season, including an overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on the final night of the season that qualified the Devils for their first playoff series. Dubbed a "rookie sensation", Burke helped the Devils go on a playoff roll, defeating the division-leader New York Islanders in the first round in six games and then the Washington Capitals in seven games. Burke was one game away from the Stanley Cup Finals but lost in Game 7 of the Wales Conference finals to the Boston Bruins. Burke's play was widely-heralded. The Hockey Digest declared, "Burke is now the franchise for the Devils, and to whatever heights he rises, the Devils will rise with him" and in December 1988 made Burke the first Devil to appear on its cover. Because he played just 11 games in the 1987-88 regular season, he maintained his rookie status for the next season. The next season, Burke was elected into the National Hockey League All-Star Game, becoming the first rookie goaltender to play in the All-Star game. Burke played for the Devils through the 1990-91 National Hockey League season, and then sat out the 1991-92 season in a contract dispute. Instead, he played for the Canadian national team and played in the Olympics for a second time. This time, he backstopped Canada to a silver medal. On August 28, 1992, Burke was traded to the Hartford Whalers for Bobby Holik, a second-round pick in 1993 draft (Jay Pandolfo) and future considerations. He played there (and with the relocated Whalers team, the Carolina Hurricanes) for six seasons. Was voted Whalers' team Most Valuable Player from '93-'97. Burke then played with several teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, and Florida Panthers. He then signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, and played there for five seasons, being a finalist for the Vezina trophy in 2001-02 season. After that, Burke played for the Philadelphia Flyers (for the second time) recording his 300th career win (the twentieth goalie to reach this milestone), and the Tampa Bay Lightning. In February 1998, Burke pleaded guilty to beating his wife on November 2 and was ordered to complete a domestic violence program within the next six months after and pay a $200 fine. Burke was on probation for the next 18 months. Burke was traded to the Vancouver Canucks shortly after. Burke was placed on waivers by Tampa Bay before the 2006-07 National Hockey League season, but was not picked up. He then played for the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate Springfield Falcons. However, he struggled with the Falcons and lost his starting job to Karri Ramo. He was then placed on waivers by the Lightning and picked up off re-entry waivers by the Los Angeles Kings. Burke officially announced his retirement on September 18, 2007. On March 4, 2008, the Phoenix Coyotes hired Burke as the Director of Prospect Development.
Jeffrey John Burrows
Born August 19, 1968 in Windsor, Ontario is the drummer and percussionist for Canadian rock band Crash Karma. Jeff Burrows begun drumming at eleven years of age and professionally so since 1990 when he joined childhood friends Jeff Martin and Stuart Chatwood in forming The Tea Party. Burrows' style is influenced by jazz drummers including Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Max Roach, as well as rock drummers Neil Peart and Stewart Copeland. Born into a musical family, Burrows' first musical experiences were on the piano, then at eleven years of age he purchased his first drum kit; an old Motown drummer's set of Ludwig drums before graduating to a set of Ludwig Rockers for his Detroit-based band Vavoom! This kit ultimately morphed into his first for The Tea Party. Burrows signed a cymbal deal with Sabian in 1994, just after The Tea Party's first major-label album Splendor Solis was released. Burrows states that he chose Sabian because "you're getting the same quality as Zildjian but you're getting a company that's more innovative and not in a bad technological way... they still do hand-hammered cymbals." In late 1994, after four years of touring with The Tea Party, Burrows was in desperate need of a new drum kit upon arriving at A&M Studios in Los Angeles, to record The Edges of Twilight. Enter Ross Garfield, aka The Drum Doctor, who rented Burrows one of his kits and subsequently built him a one-of-a-kind set of Gretsch drums. With The Tea Party's overseas touring schedule increasing, having a drum kit available became very important. Burrows was solicited by many companies but decided on Drum Workshop, Burrows explains it is because of their "quality and durability" and "that they would supply me with a drum kit to spec in any country that we traveled to, free of charge" and that "there isn't much of a difference between any of the drums when you are endorsed because they're going to give you the high-end line no matter what, so for me it was about choosing a reputable drum company that is going to provide me with what I need. After The Tea Party disbanded in 2005, Burrows joined Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, and other Canadian musicians, as drummer in the one-off project the Big Dirty Band, recording a cover of Sonny Curtis' I Fought the Law for the Trailer Park Boys: The Movie soundtrack. Finishing promotion of the Trailer Park Boys movie with Big Dirty Band, Burrows joined Windsor-based musician David Cyrenne in his jam band Is there a Band in the House? playing venues near Windsor, such as the "The Avalon Front". As of January 2007 Burrows was presenting the midday shift on The Rock, a radio station in Windsor. Burrows continues to record music including with independent band Johnny Hollow, on their album Beyond the Flame and, Lebanese rock band The Kordz. In 2008 Burrows announced that he, Edwin, Mike Turner and Amir Epstein would form the band Crash Karma, recording their debut album in early 2009.
Richard "Stubby" Clapp
Born February 24, 1973 in Windsor, Ontario was formerly a Canadian baseball shortstop and second baseman for the Edmonton Cracker-Cats. Clapp also had a brief career in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. Clapp graduated from Texas Tech University, where he played for the Red Raiders baseball team. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 36th round (1,058th overall) of 1996 amateur entry draft. Clapp was part of Team Canada in the 2004 Summer Olympics who finished in fourth place. He also played for Canada in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. In 3 games, Clapp hit .154, with a triple and an Runs Batted In. Clapp played 23 games in 2001 for the St. Louis Cardinals. Clapp had 5 hits in 25 at bats, including 2 doubles and 1 Runs Batted In. Clapp became a popular figure in the City of Memphis during his four-year stint (1999-2002) with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. He was often referred to as the "Mayor of Memphis." During the 2002 season, The 5-foot-8 Clapp was featured on a growth chart for kids, sponsored by a Memphis-area medical group. He was also a fairly popular figure among those who followed Arkansas Travelers baseball during his time there in the 1998 season. In 911 minor league games, Clapp had a .270 batting average, 48 home runs, 50 triples, 196 doubles, 365 Runs Batted In, and 83 steals. Clapp also pitched in 3 games. In 2.1 innings, Clapp has given up 2 hits and no earned runs. In 2006, Clapp played for Canada in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. Clapp was one of two second basemen on the roster and drove in a run. On April 21, 2007, Clapp's jersey #10 was the first number ever retired by the Memphis Redbirds. Clapp is currently a hitting coach for the Greenville Astros, although he has come out of retirement to represent Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has been named to the roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In his youth, Stubby Clapp could be considered a two-sport athlete. Having distinguished himself through the Windsor minor hockey system, he played an important role for the Windsor Bulldogs (currently, LaSalle Vipers) from 1990 to 1992. In 1991, the Bulldogs clinched 1st place during the regular season and Clapp scored 5 goals during the playoffs. For the 1991-1992 team, Clapp was named captain of the team.
Born April 27, 1964 in Windsor, Ontario is a former field hockey player from Canada, who earned a total number of 139 caps during her years at the Women's Senior National Team, from 1982 to 1994. Creelman captained the national side from 1987 to 1994, and played in three Olympic Games (1984, 1988 and 1992) and in four World Cups (1983, 1986, 1990 and 1994). After her career Creelman became a coach in the sport of field hockey; she was the head coach of Canada's Junior Team in the late 1990s.
Scott Francis D'Amore
Born August 8, 1974 is a Canadian professional wrestler, manager, promoter, booker and entrepreneur. He formerly managed Team Canada in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He was also the former head of the creative team. He also owns and books Border City Wrestling and Prime Time Wrestling. D'Amore began training with Doug Chevalier in 1991 at the age of sixteen. He debuted on June 14, 1992, defeating Otis Apollo in Amherstburg, Ontario. In 1993 he underwent further training under "Irish" Mickey Doyle, Denny Kass and Al Snow. He went on to work for World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation as an enhancement talent from June 1993 to early 1996. While working for WCW, he frequently trained at the WCW Power Plant. D'Amore worked for a range of independent promotions. In 1995 D'Amore toured Germany with the World Cup of Wrestling. In 1996 he toured Japan with Wrestle Association R and England with the English Wrestling Federation. Later that year he formed a tag team with Dave Clark as "Scott Hunter" known as "Gross Misconduct", with the duo depicting ice hockey players. In 1996 he briefly traded his hockey stick for a golf club and became "Chip Birdy", a golfer. D'Amore began working as a booker and producer for promotions throughout Canada. D'Amore founded Border City Wrestling in 1993 along with Doug Chevalier and Chuck Fader. He began booking in 1994 when Chevalier left the area, and took over the promotion of the company when Fader resigned in 2000, leaving D'Amore as the sole owner. In February 2000, D'Amore formed a stable known as The Syndicate when he allied himself with Rhino to defeat D'Lo Brown. The Syndicate eventually expanded to include "Arrogant" Otis Apollo, Johnny Swinger, Fantasy and Don Callis. BCW ceased operations for several months in late 2000 while D'Amore found his feet as a promoter. The first show of 2001 was held on March 7, and featured former Extreme Championship Wrestling talent including Tommy Dreamer, Johnny Swinger, Mikey Whipwreck, Sabu, Don "Cyrus" Callis and Nova (D'Amore had a tryout match with ECW in 1998, and befriended many ECW employees). All the aforementioned held titles in BCW, and Whipwreck even wrestled his last match at the "Mikey Whipwreck Retirement Bash" on August 29 (although he came out of retirement shortly thereafter). In addition to promoting and wrestling, D'Amore operates the Can-Am Wrestling School and trained dozens of wrestlers. He later turned face and began a heated feud with one of his students, A-1, in January 2005 after A-1 interrupted a Hall of Fame ceremony. D'Amore is credited with training many of today's top wrestling stars. After being fairly inactive from 2004-2007 D'Amore started running events again regularly under the Border City Wrestling banner in 2008.
D'Amore began working with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, as a road agent in 2003, and brought in Chris Sabin, one of his former pupils. In 2004, D'Amore took an onscreen role as the coach of Team Canada. The propensity of the TNA character of "Coach D'Amore" to interfere on Team Canada's behalf led to commentator Mike Tenay often referring to him as a "big fat load" and "Canadian bacon". D'Amore led Team Canada to numerous victories, feuding with Jerry Lynn, Dusty Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes. He also began working backstage as a creative team member and trainer, operating the TNA Academy along with Terry Taylor.
On December 12, 2004, D'Amore organized a benefit show for Sabu, who was incapacitated with a serious back injury. "A Night of Appreciation for Sabu" was held in Belleville, Michigan and featured wrestlers from TNA, BCW and ECW.
In May 2005, D'Amore was appointed head of the TNA booking team. As a result of his increased off-screen workload, D'Amore opted to reduce his onscreen appearances. To explain his absence, D'Amore was attacked by Lance Hoyt at the Slammiversary PPV. Hoyt choke-slammed D'Amore and then hit him with a moonsault. D'Amore was taken on a stretcher as Team Canada spent weeks afterward talking about him being in the hospital. He came back as an on-screen force, however, when he used his BCW promotion in a plot to get Jeff Jarrett back the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. After that, he and Team Canada became fixtures in the Planet Jarrett stable. On November 13 at Genesis 2005, D'Amore tried to get the premiering Christian Cage, a longtime friend, to join Team Canada, and gave him a t-shirt to signify membership. At the end of the night, when Team Canada came out to help Jeff Jarrett beat down Team 3D, Christian came down. Under his Captain Charisma jacket, he was wearing the Team Canada shirt. After hugging D'Amore, however, he gave him the Un-prettier and helped Team 3D put Jarrett through a table, double crossing his former friend. An all-or-nothing 8-man tag team match happened on the July 13 edition with them going against Rhino, Team 3D, and Jay Lethal, with a stipulation that the disbanding order would be null and void if Team Canada won; Jay Lethal pinned A-1, ending Team Canada's run as a group in TNA. Afterwards at Victory Road, D'Amore would say goodbye to the team once and for all, saying his farewells to all 4 members while blaming Young saying it was his fault they are disbanded. D'Amore hasn't been seen on Impact! until two years later on June 19, 2008, billed simply as a TNA Road Agent discussing Gail Kim. D'Amore then appeared on the July 17 episode of Impact!, only to get whipped by James Storm and Robert Roode. Recently, Scott D'Amore was seen on the December 18, 2008 episode of "Impact!", helping separate Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle. D'Amore holds a degree in Communication studies from the University of Windsor. He is an owner of the Stars of the Game restaurant in LaSalle, Ontario and his family owns D'Amore Construction in Windsor, Ontario.
Born 1968 is a Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in France and Kelowna, British Columbia, Fellows lived in Toronto, Vancouver, Guelph and Montreal before settling in Winnipeg in 1992. In 1993, she formed her first group, Helen, with Barry Mirochnick, Paul James, and Chang. Helen broke up in 1995, and in 1996 Fellows teamed up with singer-songwriter Keri McTighe, Barry Mirochnick, Keith McLeod and Peggy Messing, to form Special Fancy. The group released one album, King Me. In 2000 Fellows released her debut solo album, 2 Little Birds. This was followed by The Last One Standing, released in March 2002 on Six Shooter Records, and Paper Anniversary in 2005. These albums feature Leanne Zacharias (cello), Jason Tait (drums, vibraphone), Barry Mirochnick (drums, vocals), John K. Samson (vocals, guitar), Keith McLeod (mandolin) and Monica Guenter (viola). Fellows has performed with the Rheostatics, Veda Hille, The Mountain Goats and The Weakerthans. She is married to The Weakerthans' lead singer, John K. Samson. In 2006, Fellows and Samson recorded The Old House, an album intended only as a Christmas gift for friends and family, although they released two songs, "Taps Reversed" and "Good Salvage", for airplay on CBC Radio 3 in early 2007. Fellows and Samson also performed live on the network on March 17, 2007, to mark the final night of the network's terrestrial simulcast on CBC Radio Two. Fellows also composes music for dance, film and television. She scored part of Clive Holden's Trains of Winnipeg film series, as well as collaborating with Tait and Samson on the associated album. In 2007, she wrote several songs for a dance piece by choreographer Susie Burpee; they were later included on her fourth solo album, Nevertheless, which was released on November 6, 2007. Fellows' newest project is as a member of The Pan-Canadian Folk Ensemble with Kim Barlow and Old Man Luedecke.
Born September 28, 1959 in Windsor, Ontario is an accomplished Canadian sports car driver, and a NASCAR Road course ringer. He began his career in Karts at the late age of 24, which lead to Formula Ford 1600 and Formula Ford 2000. When funds for these projects ran low, he left racing for a 9 year stint as gas pipeline worker. Fellows returned to the track in the 1980s with help from driving school instructor Richard Spenard. He made his professional debut in 1986 in the Player's GM Challenge, driving a showroom stock Camaro. He had a dominant 1989 season, capturing both the title at Mosport Park and his first SCCA Trans-Am Series race during the same weekend. His career skyrocketed as he became one of the most successful drivers in the history of Trans Am, with 19 wins in 95 starts. Fellows then had 2 starts in the legendary Ferrari 333SP, including a 1997 win at Mosport Park in the Professional Sports Car Series. Ron has also had various stints in the Craftsman Truck Series, Busch Series, and Nextel Cup Series, as a "Road Course Ringer". He has 2 wins and 3 poles in the Craftsman Truck Series, winning twice at Watkins Glen. He has had even greater success in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he has 4 wins and two poles in 6 starts. He was also the first non-American to win a NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
Charles Henry "Marty" Gervais
Born 1946 is a Canadian poet, photographer, professor, journalist, and publisher of Black Moss Press. Gervais has also published plays, children's books, non-fiction and, most recently, a book of photography, A Show of Hands: Boxing on the Border (2004). In 1998, he won the prestigious Toronto’s Harbour front Festival Prize for his contributions to Canadian letters and to emerging writers. In 1996, he was awarded the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award for his book, Tearing Into A Summer Day. That book was awarded the City of Windsor Mayor’s Award for literature. Gervais won this award again in 2003 for another collection, To Be Now: New and Selected Poems. Gervais has also been the recipient of 16 Western Ontario Newspaper Awards for journalism. His first published novel, Reno, appeared in 2005 from Mosaic Press. Another book, Taking My Blood, charting his time in a hospital, and including photographs he took while he was there, came out in 2005. Gervais is the subject of one episode in the Bravo television series Heart of A Poet. In 2006, another book, Wait For Me, was launched on the west coast at readings in Victoria, British Columbia, and Salt Spring Island. Gervais lives in Windsor, Ontario. Born in Windsor, Ontario Oct. 20, 1946. Education B. A., University of Guelph, 1971 M.A., University of Windsor,1972 Black Moss Press Publishing: founded Black Moss Press in 1969 and has served as publisher and editor ever since. The Windsor Review: appointed managing editor in 2000 and still serving in that position
Newspapers: The Globe and Mail, 1966, copy The Daily Commercial News, 1967, copy clerk The Weekly Standard, Windsor, Ont., editor and writer The Chatham Daily News, 1972-1973, reporter The Windsor Star Bureau Chief, Leamington, 1974-1976 Reporter (Education, general assignment), 1976-1979 Religion Editor and Book Editor, 1979-1991 Entertainment Writer 1991-1996 Columnist, 1996- Radio: CBC Morningside regional correspondent for Peter Gzowski. Positions Held in Teaching Creative Writing, St. Clair College, 1969-1970 English, St. Clair College, 1973-1975 Creative Writing (summer workshops), Canadore College, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000 University of Windsor, appointed Resident Writing Professional, 1996 Resident Writing Professional 1996 to the present Lecturer 1995 to the present.
Born 25 June 1950 is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. Born in Windsor, Ontario, she is the long-time partner of poet Christopher Dewdney and resides in Toronto.
Gowdy's novel Falling Angels (1989) was made into a film by director Scott Smith, from an adaptation written by Esta Spalding, in 2002. The novel focuses on a nuclear family in a 1960s Ontario suburb. The main characters are three sisters who come of age in a house run by their abusive and womanizing father and must constantly find ways to take care of their depressed and alcoholic mother. Gowdy says her inspiration for the book was the idea of a Canadian family living during the Cold War and practicing using their bomb shelter in the back yard. In the novel and movie, the family spend two weeks trapped in the bomb shelter as an "exercise" rather than going on a family trip to Disneyland. Authors such as Alice Munro and Carol Shields look at the everyday, but the bulk of Gowdy's work reflects upon the opposite. Gowdy's stories look at the extreme, the strange and the abnormal, but she is able to make her characters relatable and poignant. She often uses magic realism as a writing style, combining the fantastic or unusual with realistic and believable descriptions, placing her within the tradition of Southern Ontario Gothic.
The narrator and main character of the title short story of her 1992 collection, We So Seldom Look On Love, for instance, is an assistant embalmer at a funeral home who makes love to the bodies of attractive young men before they are buried. The story was the inspiration for the 1996 Canadian independent film Kissed, directed by Lynne Stopkewich and starring Molly Parker. The story is based on Frank O'Hara's poem "Ode to Necrophilia", and was inspired by a newspaper article Gowdy read about a young California woman who hijacked a hearse on its way to a funeral, took the corpse of the young man inside the coffin to a motel room and made love to it for several days before being caught by the police. We So Seldom Look On Love is meant as a compilation of circus-type characters and their quest to find connection with others. Another story features a two-headed man who removes one of his heads. A third story in that collection, "93 Million Miles Away" involves a woman who masturbates and exposes herself through the window of her apartment to a man in his apartment across the street. This story was made into the film Arousal. Similarly, her novel Mister Sandman revolves around the family of Joan, a young autistic girl with a savant talent for playing classical music on the piano, and her novel The White Bone is written from the perspective of an elephant. Yet her work is not about the shock value, but finding what is universal in us, as readers, to each of her characters. Gowdy was nominated for a Governor General's Award for her novels Mister Sandman (1995), White Bone (1998), and Helpless (2007). White Bone was also nominated for the Giller Prize. The Romantic (2003), a best-seller in Canada, was nominated for several awards, including the Man Booker Prize. It was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book. "Helpless" (2007) won the Trillium Award. She was appointed a member of the Order of Canada effective 5 October 2006.
David Hunter Hubel
Born February 27, 1926 was co-recipient with Torsten Wiesel of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system; the prize was shared with Roger W. Sperry for his independent research on the cerebral hemispheres. In 1978, Hubel and Wiesel were awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University. The Hubel and Wiesel experiments greatly expanded the scientific knowledge of sensory processing. In one experiment, done in 1959, they inserted a microelectrode into the primary visual cortex of an anesthetised cat. They then projected patterns of light and dark on a screen in front of the cat. They found that some neurons fired rapidly when presented with lines at one angle, while others responded best to another angle. Some of these neurons responded differently to light patterns than to dark patterns. Hubel and Wiesel called these neurons "simple cells." Still other neurons, which they termed "complex cells," had identical responses to light and dark patterns. These studies showed how the visual system constructs complex representations of visual information from simple stimulus features (Goldstein, 2001).
Hubel and Wiesel received the Nobel Prize for two major contributions: 1. their work on development of the visual system, which involved a description of ocular dominance columns in the 1960s and 1970s; and 2. their work establishing a foundation for visual neurophysiology, describing how signals from the eye are processed by the brain to generate edge detectors, motion detectors, stereoscopic depth detectors and color detectors, building blocks of the visual scene. By depriving kittens from using one eye, they showed that columns in the primary visual cortex receiving inputs from the other eye took over the areas that would normally receive input from the deprived eye. This has important implications for the understanding of deprivation amblyopia, a type of visual loss due to unilateral visual deprivation during the so-called "critical period". These kittens also did not develop areas receiving input from both eyes, a feature needed for binocular vision. Hubel and Wiesel's experiments showed that the ocular dominance develops irreversibly early in childhood development. These studies opened the door for the understanding and treatment of childhood cataracts and strabismus. They were also important in the study of cortical plasticity (Goldstein, 2001). Furthermore, the understanding of sensory processing in animals served as inspiration for the SIFT descriptor (Lowe, 1999), which is a local feature used in computer vision for tasks such as object recognition and wide-baseline matching, etc. The SIFT descriptor is arguably the most widely used feature type for these tasks.
Hubel was born in Windsor, Ontario to American parents in 1926. His paternal grandfather emigrated as a child to the U.S.A. from the Bavarian town of Nördlingen. In 1929, his family moved to Montreal where he spent his formative years. From age six to eighteen, he attended Strathcona Academy in Outremont, Quebec about which he said, "[I owe] much to the excellent teachers there, especially to Julia Bradshaw, a dedicated, vivacious history teacher with a memorable Irish temper, who awakened me to the possibility of learning how to write readable English." He studied mathematics and physics at McGill University, and then entered medical school there. In 1954, he moved to the United States to work at Johns Hopkins University, but was drafted by the army and served at Walter Reed Hospital. There, he began recording from the primary visual cortex of sleeping and awake cats. At Walter Reed, he invented the modern metal microelectrode out of Stoner-Mudge lacquer and tungsten, and the modern hydraulic micro-drive, for which he had to learn rudimentary machinists skills to produce. In 1958, he moved to Johns Hopkins and began his collaborations with Wiesel, and discovered orientation selectivity and columnar organization in visual cortex. One year later, he joined the faculty of Harvard University.
Eric Garth Hudson
Born August 2, 1937 in Windsor, Ontario is a Canadian musician. As the organist and keyboardist for Canadian-American rock group The Band, he was a principal architect of the group's unique sound. A master of the Lowery organ, Hudson's orchestral tone sense and style anticipated many of the sonic advances of the polyphonic synthesizer. His other primary instruments are piano, electronic keyboards, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and accordion. He has been a much-in-demand session musician, performing with dozens of artists. He also plays in a duo with his wife, Maud, and in 2002 joined his friend Sneaky Pete Kleinow (died January 6, 2007) in another group, Burrito Deluxe, an offshoot of The Flying Burrito Brothers. He also has his own twelve piece band, The Best!. Garth Hudson's parents, Fred James Hudson and Olive Louella Pentland, were musicians. His mother played piano, accordion and sang. His father played drums, C melody saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano. Garth was born in Windsor and moved with his family to London, Ontario around 1940. He attended Broughdale Public School, Medway High School and the University of Western Ontario. Classically trained in piano, music theory, harmony and counterpoint, Garth first played professionally with dance bands in 1949 at the age of twelve and wrote his first song at the age of 11. In 1958, he joined a rock and roll band, the Capers. He was also reported to say that he gained some performance experience from playing at his uncle's funeral parlour. Then, in December 1961, the 24-year-old Hudson joined The Hawks, the backing band for Ronnie Hawkins, which already consisted of 21-year-old Levon Helm on drums, 18-year-old Robbie Robertson on guitar, 18-year-old Rick Danko on bass and 18-year-old pianist Richard Manuel. Fearing that his parents would think he was squandering his years of music education by playing in a rock and roll band, Hudson joined the band on the condition he be given the title "music consultant" and that his band mates each pay him $10 a week for music lessons. If anyone had questions about music theory, they'd turn to Hudson. And while pocketing a little extra cash, Hudson was also able to mollify his family's fears that his education had gone to waste and that he was indeed a music teacher (Revealing a bit of the thinking behind his early fears, in The Last Waltz Hudson told interviewer-director Martin Scorsese: "There is a view that jazz is 'evil' because it comes from evil people, but actually the greatest priests on 52nd Street and on the streets of New York City were the musicians. They were doing the greatest healing work. They knew how to punch through music that would cure and make people feel good.")
Born June 15, 1981 in Windsor, Ontario is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Dallas Stars organization. He was drafted 66th overall in the 2nd round of the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars. In 2006, he signed with Montreal as a free agent. After a year with the Canadiens' American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, he signed a 1 year deal with the Lightning. He was traded back to Dallas on January 15, 2008.
Charles "Spider" Jones
Born April 20th, 1946 in Windsor, Ontario is a Canadian author, journalist, and former boxer. Jones is a former three-time Golden Glove Champion and was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996. Spider was once voted "Boxing Commentator and M.C. of the Year" by the Board of Governors of the World Boxing Federation. Raised in Windsor, Ontario, Jones is an avid community activist and spends his life as a positive role model for both youth and adults alike. He is also an honorary member of the Guardian Angels. He is currently broadcasting as a daily talk show host on CFRB 1010 in Toronto.
Born June 26, 1976) is a Canadian professional hockey defenceman currently playing for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Jovanovski has previously played for the Florida Panthers, with whom Jovanovski was originally drafted in 1994, and Vancouver Canucks. Jovanovski was born in Windsor, Ontario, to Macedonian immigrants. Coming from an athletic family, his father Kostadin was a professional soccer player in Yugoslavia. Jovanovski played minor hockey in his hometown before beginning his major junior career in 1993–94. Jovanovski played in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with his hometown team, the Windsor Spitfires. In his rookie season with the Spitfires, Jovanovski led all team defenceman in scoring, with 50 points in 62 games, and was named to the Ontario Hockey League All-Rookie Team, as well as the Ontario Hockey League Second All-Star Team. That off-season, Jovanovski was selected first overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1994 National Hockey League Entry Draft. After being drafted, Jovanovski played one more season for Windsor and was named to the OHL First All-Star Team before joining the Florida Panthers in 1995–96.
Born January 5, 1960 in Windsor, Ontario is a retired professional ice hockey winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL).Kerr was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers. It proved to be a great move for Philadelphia, as Kerr scored 50 goals four times, and set the National Hockey League single-season record for power-play goals in a season with 34 in the 1985–86 season. That season was particularly interesting in that in September 1985 he was hospitalized with aseptic meningitis. Kerr was an almost unmovable presence in the slot during his prime. Hockey Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier once joked that the only way to stop Kerr was to wrap chains around his arms and legs. But Trottier retracted that statement almost immediately by saying that that still probably would not stop him. However, Kerr's career was plagued with injuries, as he missed almost the complete 1982–83 and 1987–88 seasons. In the latter, he had five shoulder operations in a fourteen month period. Also in October 1990, his wife died at the age of 30 just ten days after the birth of their baby. Kerr played one season each with the New York Rangers and the Hartford Whalers.
Thomas W. LaSorda
Born July 24, 1954, in Windsor, Ontario is a Canadian-American automobile industry executive who was appointed CEO of the Chrysler Group on January 1, 2006. On August 5, 2007, LaSorda became President and Vice Chairman of Chrysler LLC, with Bob Nardelli succeeding him as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. LaSorda graduated from the University of Windsor in 1977 with a dual degree (Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce), and earned an MBA in 1980. In 1977 he joined General Motors, working chiefly in manufacturing; and in 2000 he joined the Chrysler Group as a Senior Vice President. He was first appointed to the board in 2004 when he became COO. In 2006, LaSorda replaced Dieter Zetsche, a German from the parent company DaimlerChrysler (now Daimler AG), as Chrysler's CEO. That same year, he became a U.S. citizen, while retaining his Canadian citizenship.
Jeffrey Scott Martin
Born October 2, 1969 in Windsor, Ontario is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter best known for fronting the rock band The Tea Party. Martin began his career as a solo artist in October 2005, when The Tea Party disbanded. Martin began playing guitar as a child and in his adolescence played in bands The Shadows, Modern Movement and The Stickmen. In 1988, Jeff graduated from Sandwich Secondary School (before being adopted by his stepfather and changing his surname from Brill) along with future Tea Party band mates Jeff Burrows and Stuart Chatwood. He went on to study music at the University of Windsor before leaving his studies prematurely due to philosophical differences with his music professor.
Martin has perfect pitch, as highlighted on "The Science of Rock 'n' Roll", an episode of Daily Planet on Discovery Channel Canada. Forming The Tea Party in 1990 after a marathon jam session at the Cherry Beach Rehearsal Studios in Toronto, Martin (a self-confessed "control freak" produced all of The Tea Party's albums, including their eponymous debut album in 1991, distributing it through the band's own label Eternal Discs. In 1993 The Tea Party signed to EMI Music Canada and released their first major label recording entitled Splendor Solis. Martin employed open tunings to imitate Indian instruments such as the sitar, something he has continued to employ throughout his career. Further developing The Tea Party's sound in 1995 The Edges of Twilight was recorded with an array of Indian and Middle-eastern instrumentation while Martin drew lyrical inspiration from occult themes and pagan influenced literature.
Upon returning from successful tours in Canada, Europe and Australia in 1996, The Tea Party went onto record Alhambra an Enhanced CD which features acoustic re-recordings of songs from The Edges of Twilight, followed by a brief tour around Canada known as "Alhambra acoustic and eclectic". Transmission released in 1997 saw Martin's first foray into electronica with Martin conceding that Transmission was "an honest attempt at going somewhere poetically where most people would be unnerved to go. It was very dark, extremely angry and you could only listen to it in a certain mindset. I mean for me, going to where I went with Transmission, almost destroyed me." Triptych followed in 1999, the first single "Heaven Coming down" rose to #1 on Canadian radio. Lyrically Martin was less enigmatic than he was on previous albums, on Triptych he wrote about the experiences of his years in the band. After releasing Tangents a singles compilation in 2000 and Illuminations a DVD compilation of music videos which Martin remixed in Surround sound, The Tea Party released The Interzone Mantras in 2001 and Seven Circles in 2004. In October 2005 The Tea Party disbanded due to creative differences.
Born January 26, 1947 is a television and radio personality. Pickford was born in Windsor, Ontario, the first son of Edward and Norah Pickford. He attended Assumption High School and Kennedy Collegiate. Pickford worked at CKWW and CKLW radio stations as an engineer in the mid-1960s when CKLW (The Big 8) came to be one of the leading radio stations in North America. Pickford worked at CHUM Radio in Toronto, Ontario before moving to television as an editor and working for CFTO in Toronto and WGR in Buffalo. Pickford moved to Hollywood, California and worked for PBS, ABC and CBS until 1982. After a short stint with Global TV in Toronto he moved back to Hollywood and worked for NBC until he retired in 1998. Pickford also wrote and produced many historical documentaries including the critically acclaimed "Gas Chamber" and "L.A. Underground" for Los Angeles local television. Pickford received 6 Emmy Nominations. Pickford currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Oliver Platt B
Born January 12, 1960 is an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominated American stage, film, and television actor. Platt was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to American parents Sheila Maynard, a clinical social worker who worked in Islamabad, and Nicholas Platt, a career diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Zambia and the Philippines. His family moved back to the United States when Platt was three months old. He is a distant cousin of Diana, Princess of Wales through his great-great-grandmother, Frances Work. When asked about Diana, his second-cousin once removed, Platt said, "I never met her. It's a non-story. I'd love to tell you we were confidantes. The truth is I don't know much more about it than you do." Much of Platt's childhood was spent in Asia, where he played soccer. His family made frequent trips back to Washington, D.C., where they held Redskins season tickets. Platt is also a fan of the Boston Red Sox. When he was nine years old, Platt and his family visited Kennedy Center in Washington, where he watched a performance that helped inspire his acting career. "One of the performances that really made me want to be an actor started out with this probably 20-minute rambling, drunken monologue by this bum. And it was a young Morgan Freeman. I'll never forget it. This guy was just so riveting. He stood there on stage alone before the curtain went up, and he held this audience utterly rapt. Including myself, obviously." Because of his father's career as an ambassador, Oliver Platt grew up in Asia, the Middle East and Washington, D.C. Platt attended twelve different schools, and has said "Even now I find myself envying people who have neighbourhoods and roots". According to Platt, drama departments gave his childhood some stability, "It was something of a survival mechanism, in that it gave me a little subculture to plug into wherever I ended up. Kids need that. I certainly did." He attended a progressive boarding school in Colorado.
Platt majored in drama at Tufts University, then spent three years working in theatre in Boston, which he said had a " wealth of serious amateur theatre at that time…I played many roles, and it was the best training I could have had." Platt travelled with Shakespeare and Company, based in Lenox, Massachusetts, touring schools to earn his Equity card, before moving to New York Platt's early career involved off-Broadway and regional theatre, and he appeared onstage with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and other companies across many genres. He obtained an agent while working at Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, and met actor Bill Murray at his cousin's Christmas party. Murray attended Platt's show and recommended Platt to director Jonathan Demme, who cast him in Married to the Mob in 1988. Platt attributes his breakthrough to appearing at the Punch Line Theatre.
Born June 5, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward. Probert played for the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. While a successful player by some measures, including being voted to the 87-88 Campbell Conference all-star team, Probert is best known for his activities as a fighter and enforcer. Probert was also known for his off-ice antics and legal problems, as well as being one half of the "Bruise Brothers" with then-Red Wing teammate Joe Kocur, during the late 80s and early 90s. 'Probie' is widely considered the greatest hockey fighter in the history of the game and was called the 'National Hockey League Heavyweight Champion'. Prior to playing with the Detroit Red Wings, Probert was with the Brantford Alexander's of the Ontario Hockey League. After being drafted, he spent one more season with the Alexander's before spending his 1984-85 season with both the Hamilton Steelhawks and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.
Joel Norman Quenneville
Born September 15, 1958 in Windsor, Ontario is the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks professional ice hockey team. Quenneville is a former ice hockey defenceman and former head coach of the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues. As a player, Quenneville was drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1978 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Quenneville has played for the Ontario Hockey League Windsor Spitfires, American Hockey League New Brunswick Hawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, American Hockey League Baltimore Skipjacks, Washington Capitals and American Hockey League St. John's Maple Leafs. Quenneville has also been a player/assistant coach for St. John's, head coach for the American Hockey League Springfield Indians, and assistant coach for the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche. Quenneville won the Jack Adams Award with the Blues in the 1999-00 National Hockey League season. Quenneville won the Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Avalanche in 1996. Quenneville then moved to the Blues franchise, becoming head coach midway through the next season after Mike Keenan was fired. Quenneville led St. Louis to 7 straight playoff berths. In Quenneville's 8th season with the Blues, the team started poorly. Late in the year, St. Louis was in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter century. As a result, Quenneville was fired. Quenneville was hired to coach the Avalanche in June 2004, before the 2004-05 National Hockey League lockout resulted in the season's cancellation. In his first year with the Avalanche, he led the team to the playoffs and a first round upset of the Dallas Stars. On March 25, 2007, Quenneville coached his 750th career game. Quenneville became one of only seven currently active coaches to reach 750 games as of the 2006-07 season. Quenneville reached his 400th coach win on October 26, 2007 in a 3-2 OT win in Calgary against the Flames. On May 9, 2008, the Avalanche announced that Quenneville was leaving the organization. Quenneville was hired as a pro Scout by the Chicago Blackhawks in September, 2008. On October 16, 2008 Quenneville was promoted to Head Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, replacing former Blackhawk Denis Savard
John Paul Reddam B.A. M.A. Ph.D.
Born July 28, 1955 in Windsor, Ontario is a former professor of philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles and a businessman and Thoroughbred racehorse owner.
Known by his middle name, J. Paul Reddam graduated from the University of Windsor with a bachelor's degree in psychology then obtained a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto. He went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and would make his home in that state. Currently the president of a finance company called Cash Call in Anaheim, California, in 1995 he established a mortgage lending company called ditech funding that proved highly successful and in 1999 sold the business to General Motors. As a young man, Paul Reddam became interested in the harness races held at Windsor Raceway that eventually led to his involvement as an owner while working as a university professor in Los Angeles. He currently has Standard bred horses competing at Windsor Raceway and at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California. In 1988 he acquired his first Thoroughbred and has expanded his involvement to a current forty-horse racing stable plus twenty broodmares for his own breeding operations through arrangements with breeding farms in California and Kentucky. Reddam's greatest successes to date is a win with 75%-owned Wilko in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and with Red Rocks in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Turf. His Thoroughbred racing stable is led by head trainer Doug O'Neill, with several horses being conditioned by Craig Dollase. In early 2007, the stable included three colts with the credentials to compete in the Kentucky Derby. However, Notional is out with an injury but Great Hunter and Liquidity are scheduled to run in the May 5th event.
Brett Christopher Romberg
Born October 10, 1979 in Windsor, Ontario is an American football center for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. Romberg was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Miami. Romberg has also played for the St. Louis Rams. Brett is from Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Windsor is also the home of his teammate O.J. Atogwe. Brett started his football career in the ninth grade playing for the Belle River High School football team coached by John Bloomfield.
Romberg played college football at the University of Miami where he was distinguished as the best center in the nation in 2002 and was awarded the Dave Rimington Trophy.
With Romberg at center, the Hurricanes won 35 of 37 games, one National Championship, three BIG EAST Conference championships, a Sugar Bowl and a Rose Bowl.
Romberg never allowed a quarterback sack at center and was part of an offensive line that helped produce three 1,000-yard rushers (James Jackson, Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee), a quarterback (Ken Dorsey) who set every major UM career passing record and an offense that averaged more than 465 yards per game for the balance of his three years as the starting center.
Born Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr., January 24, 1936, Windsor, Ontario is an Canadian/American singer and songwriter. He was the first white rock and roll national star to come out of Detroit, Michigan. He has been called "undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time." Scott was born in Windsor, Ontario and spent his early childhood in this city just across the river from Detroit. When he was 10, Scott's family moved across the river to Hazel Park, a Detroit suburb. He grew up listening to hillbilly music and was taught to play the guitar by his father. As a teenager, he pursued a singing career and recorded as 'Jack Scott.' At the age of 18, he formed the Southern Drifters. After leading the band for three years, he signed to ABC as a solo artist in 1957. After waxing two good-selling local hits for ABC-Paramount Records in 1957, he switched to the Carlton record label and had a double-sided national hit in 1958 with "Leroy" (#11)/"My True Love" (#3). Later in 1958, "With Your Love" (#28) reached the Top 40. In all, six of 12 songs on his first album became hit singles. On most of these tracks, he was backed up by the vocal group, the Chantones. He served in the United States Army during most of 1959, just after "Goodbye Baby" (#8) made the Top Ten. 1959 also saw him chart with "The Way I Walk" (#35). At the beginning of 1960, Scott again changed record labels, this time to Top Rank Records. He then recorded four Billboard Hot 100 hits - "Oh, Little One," "It Only Happened Yesterday" (#38), "What In the World's Come Over You" (#5) and "Burning Bridges" (#3). The latter two made it to the Top Five. Jack Scott had more U.S. singles (19), in a shorter period of time (41 months), than any other recording artist - with the exception of the Beatles. Jack wrote all of his own hits, except one: "Burning Bridges." His legacy ranks him with the top legends of rock 'n' roll. In fact, it has been said that "with the exception of Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, no white Rock and Roller of the time ever developed a finer voice with a better range than Jack Scott, or cut a more convincing body of work in Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, Country-Soul, Gospel, Country-Pop or Blues". Jack was recently nominated for the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Scott is still actively singing and touring today and resides in a suburb of Detroit.
Born Lawrence Robert Shreve on January 11, 1941 best known as Abdullah the Butcher, and also at times The Madman from Sudan, is a retired professional wrestler known as one of the most brutal or "hardcore" professional wrestlers of all-time. The scars in his forehead are said to have occurred during frequent blading. According to Mick Foley, Shreve used to put gambling chips into the deep divots in his head to entertain (or scare) people at casinos. However, New Jack claimed in his RF shoot interview that the grooves in his head were surgically implemented. An amateur martial artist, Shreve also has knowledge of judo and karate, often including this knowledge in his professional wrestling matches. This knowledge was mainly displayed by him using judo "style" throws, and karate "chops." Despite wrestling folklore, Abdullah the Butcher does not truly hail from the arid desert of the Sudan, as he grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada as part of a family of ten people in a deeply poor household. He managed to learn karate and judo as a youth, teaching fellow children in the backyard and claims to have eventually earned the title of seventh-degree grandmaster.
Standing 6’ and weighing a robust 360 pounds, Shreve was eventually spotted by Montreal promoter Jack Britton, and he soon made his professional ring debut at age 22 in 1958. He initially competed in numerous independent territories north of the border while performing under such various monikers as Pussycat Pickens, Kuroi Jujutsushi (The Black Wizard) and Zeras Amala. However, he ultimately created his legendary gimmick of an evil Arabian sadist; and in a match against Gino Brito (Jack Britton’s real-life son), Abdullah the Butcher first distinguished himself as one of the world’s most feared rule breakers when he broke a chair over his opponent’s head and then proceeded to beat him senseless with the leg.
Such acts of violence were only the beginning for the terrifying Abdullah the Butcher, whose menacing figure, excessive violence, and complete disregard for the safety of himself or his opponents quickly established his well-deserved reputation for ruthless brutality. Abdullah’s matches almost always degenerated into bloodbaths, and he was infamous for stabbing his opponent’s wounds with his trademark fork (or any other foreign weapon that he could get his hands on at the moment). In addition to his insanely hardcore style, Abdullah the Butcher was revolutionary in that he would never stay in any one territory for too long so as to maintain the novelty and incredible notoriety of his character. By constantly roaming from region to region, Abdullah positioned his reputation as the most violent wrestler in the world. Consequently, he was often brought into a territory as a hired gun to destroy a popular fan favourite, and his appearances usually sparked local interest since others. Moreover, since his gimmick required that he speak no English (even though it was his native tongue in actuality), he possessed an extraordinary number of managers over the course of his long career, including Gary Hart, Paul Jones, Eddie Creatchman, Black Baron, the Grand Wizard, J.J. Dillon, Damien Kane, Larry Sharpe, Oliver Humperdink, George Cannon, Bearcat Wright, Big Bad John, Gentleman Jim Holiday, and Rock Hunter, who were all portrayed as “handlers” commissioned to control the Sudanese madman while doing most of the talking in interviews. Furthermore, Abdullah would often bloody his opponents with foreign objects that he concealed in his pants. He frequently used a fork as his trademark weapon.
He arrived in World Class in 1986, where he subsequently defeated the Great Kabuki for the Texas Brass Knuckles Title while waging war against the equally wild Bruiser Brody. However, perhaps Abby’s most memorable encounters occurred in Puerto Rico, where he was billed as the very first WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion in July 1982 following three reigns as the Puerto Rican Champion between 1978-81. His violent battles against Carlos Colón and Hercules Ayala are legendary; and he still remains one of the area’s top attractions, as he recently defeated Carly Colón for his fifth Universal Title on January 3, 2004. He was introduced in World Championship Wrestling in a giant, gift-wrapped box. This giant box was to be Sting's birthday gift from Cactus Jack. Sting unwrapped his gift and it turned out to be Shreve, leading to both feuding with Sting after the incident, culminating in a "Chamber of Horrors" match at Halloween Havoc 1991, in which Cactus accidentally "electrocuted" Abdullah in an electric chair. Afterwards, he had a brief feud with his old ally, Cactus Jack, in 1992.
Born October 25, 1967 in Windsor, Ontario was a Major League Baseball player. Siddall was signed by the Montreal Expos as an amateur free agent in 1987. Siddall played for the Expos, the Florida Marlins, and the Detroit Tigers. Over four seasons and 73 games, Siddall hit a career .169 in 142 at-bats. Siddalls best season (in terms of batting average) was 1995, where Siddall garnered three hits in ten At bats. Joe was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario where Siddall continues to reside with his wife Tamara and four children, Brooke, Brett, Mackenzie and Kevin. Siddall grew up playing baseball in South Windsor before moving on to the Windsor Selects program at the Midget level. Siddall played for Windsor Athletic Association at the Senior level before accepting a football scholarship at Central Michigan University. After Siddalls freshman season, Joe changed career paths and signed as a free agent catcher with the Montreal Expos. Siddall went on to spend thirteen years in professional baseball playing parts of four seasons in the major leagues. Siddall spent time with the Montreal Expos in 1993 and 1995, Florida Marlins in 1996 and Detroit Tigers in 1998. Currently, Joe is attending the University of Windsor part time to finish his degree in Human Kinetics while helping with the Detroit Tigers during batting practice when the team is at home. Siddalls biggest joy is coaching his children's baseball teams with the Windsor Expos in the summer.
Alexander Lee "Skip" Spence
April 18, 1946 – April 16, 1999 was a musician and singer-songwriter best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape and as a solo artist. He was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and his family relocated to San Jose, California in the late 1950s. His career was plagued by drug addictions coupled with mental health problems, and is described by a biographer as man who "neither died young nor had a chance to find his way out." During his tenure in the public eye, he had a profound impact on the outsider music and psych-folk genres. Spence died in 1999 from lung cancer. He was 52, just two days shy of his 53rd birthday. More Oar: A Tribute to Alexander "Skip" Spence, an album featuring contributions from Robert Plant, Tom Waits, Beck, among others, was released a few weeks after his death. Prior to its release, the CD was played for Spence at the hospital, in his final stages before death. As Peter Lewis recalls, "He was in a coma‚ and the last thing to go is your hearing. And they had More Oar in there and were playing it for him as they pulled the plug and we were holding his hands. I mean‚ it was like this death of Van Gogh or something. That's the drama of it. You know…it was just so intense." Spence's "Land of the Sun", one of the only post-Grape recordings he ever completed, was nearly placed on the X-Files soundtrack, Songs In The Key of X. He had been commissioned to write the song.
In June, 2008, a Skip Spence Tribute Concert was held in Santa Cruz. The concert featured Spence's son, Omar Spence, who has sung with various configurations of Moby Grape in recent years. Omar Spence, singing his father's songs, was backed by the Santa Cruz White Album Ensemble, with Dale Ockerman and Tiran Porter, both formerly of the Doobie Brothers, and both of whom have played with various members of Moby Grape in several bands over the past three decades. Keith Graves of Quicksilver Messenger Service played drums. Peter Lewis joined the group onstage for the finale. An additional Skip Spence tribute concert was held in October, 2008.
John G. Tucker
Born September 29, 1964 in Windsor, Ontario is a former Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League in the 1980s and 90s, most notably with the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring 177 goals and 259 assists in 656 career regular season games and a further 38 points in 31 play-off games. Tucker played several more seasons in Italy and Japan as well. Tucker was drafted 31st overall by Buffalo in the 1983 National Hockey League Entry Draft having played junior for the Kitchener Rangers where he won the Memorial Cup in 1982. Tucker played for Buffalo from 1983 through 1989 when was acquired by the Washington Capitals. Rejoining the Sabres the following season, Tucker was again traded, this time to the New York Islanders. The following season, Tucker joined A.S. Asiago, scoring 88 points in 36 games. Tucker returned to the National Hockey League in 1992 when Tucker joined expansion franchise Tampa Bay, playing four seasons with the Lightning. For the 1996–7 season Tucker played again in Italy, but this time in-line hockey for HC Milano 24. Tucker then for the next three seasons played in Japan for Kokudo Keikaku. Tucker tried out for the role of Sabres color commentator following the retirement of Jim Lorentz, however, the position went to Harry Neale. Tucker is also very involved in promoting and coaching youth ice hockey in the Tampa Bay area, currently coaching the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning Mite Team (CFHL).
Born Eilleen Regina Edwards, August 28, 1965 is a Canadian singer-songwriter, known for her prolific work in both the country and pop music genres. Her third album Come on Over is the best-selling album of all time by a female musician and the best-selling album in the history of country music. She is the only female musician to have three albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and is also the second best selling artist in Canada, behind fellow Canadian Céline Dion, with three of her studio albums being certified double diamond by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Twain has achieved both critical and financial success, having received five Grammy awards, 27 BMI Songwriter awards, and she has sold over 65 million albums worldwide to date including 48 million in the USA alone.
Twain was born in Windsor, Ontario, daughter of Clarence Edwards and his wife Sharon (née Morrison). Her parents divorced when she was two, and her mother then moved with Eilleen and her sister Jill to Timmins, Ontario, where she married Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa. He adopted the girls, legally changing their last name to Twain. Because of her connection to her stepfather, in the past, people had presumed Twain's ancestry was Ojibwa, but she stated in an interview that her biological father was part Cree
One of five children, Eilleen Twain had a hard childhood in Timmins. Her parents earned little, and there was often a shortage of food in the household. At one point, while Jerry was at work, her mother drove the rest of the family 425 miles (684 km) to a Toronto homeless shelter for assistance. She did not confide her situation to school authorities, fearing they might break up the family. In the remote, rugged community, she learned to hunt and to chop wood. Aside from working at an Ontario McDonald's restaurant, Twain began to earn money by singing in local clubs and bars from a very young age to support her family. She was singing in bars at the age of just eight to try to make ends meet, often earning twenty dollars between midnight and one in the morning when the bar had closed, the people remaining. Although she has expressed a dislike for singing in such a smoky atmosphere at such a young age, Shania believes that this was her performing arts school on the road to becoming a successful singer. Shania has said of the ordeal, "My deepest passion was music and it helped. There were moments when I thought 'I hate this'. I hated going into bars and being with drunks. But I loved the music and so I survived"
Twain wrote her first songs at the age of ten, Is Love a Rose and Just Like the Storybooks which were fairy tales in rhyme. As a child, Twain has been described by a close childhood friend Kenny Derasp as "a very serious kid who spent a lot of time in her room. The art of creating, of actually writing songs, was very different from performing them and became progressively important".
In the early 1980s Shania spent some time working on her father's reforestation business in northern Ontario, a business that the family were heavily involved in and employed some 75 Objibwe and Cree workers. Although the work was very demanding and the pay very low, Twain has spoken of her experience, "I loved the feeling of being stranded. I'm not afraid of being in my own environment, being physical, working hard. I was very strong, I walked miles and miles every day and carried heavy loads of trees. You can't shampoo, use soap or deodorant, or makeup, nothing with any scent; you have to bathe and rinse your clothes in the lake. It was a very rugged existence, but I was very creative and I would sit alone in the forest with my dog and a guitar and just write songs".
Born September 20, 1979 in Windsor, Ontario is a Canadian recording artist and producer who is most famous for his work in the collaboration of Neverending White Lights.
Victor was born a Canadian of landed immigrants, his father born in Italy, and his mother in Argentina, who married and raised a family in southern Ontario. Victor's involvement with music began at a very early age. His father, a musician and performer himself, exposed him to hundreds of record albums and helped shaped his early love of song. He studied the piano under the direction of nuns at a strict local conservatory of music. After obtaining a grade nine level, he quit to pursue his abilities to "play by ear". He later became proficient on instruments such as drums, guitar, bass, and vocals. During his adolescence he performed in various concert bands and orchestras as a jazz drummer, vocalist and pianist. He also performed in the orchestra for numerous local musicals and theatre groups during a 10 year period.
At the age of 14 he began working in his home studio built and run by his father, Jack Genaro, producing and recording local artists, and developing talent that would later serve as the background for his upcoming releases. After graduating University of Windsor with a BA in Communications and World Views, he went directly to work on making his first record entitled, Neverending White Lights - Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies. The idea behind this album concept was to feature different musicians within his own compositions. It was an attempt to conceive and birth an entirely different type of album/band, and it was an idea Victor had visions of for years before putting it together. It was to play out like a soundtrack, having what he stated as "diversity in the voice, but consistency in the song."
His first actual collaboration for this album was a song called "On Fire", which he wrote alongside Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman. The song didn't end up on Victor's first record, but instead made it onto Switchfoot's Columbia debut album The Beautiful Letdown, which was their most popular release to date, eventually selling over 3 million copies.
It was during this time that Daniel continued work on his own collaborative album, which would feature the likes of many different vocalists. He pulled together the lead men from bands such as: 311, Ours, Hum (band), Finger Eleven, Shudder to Think, The Velvet Teen, Our Lady Peace, Age of Electric, The Watchmen, The Black Maria, Creeper Lagoon, Starflyer 59, and many others. Victor wrote nearly all the music, produced, and performed all the instrumentation himself. His originality and creativity made it interesting for his collaborators to be a part of, and solidified their commitment to the project. It's important to note that Victor insists on performing all the instruments on his albums himself, also producing and mixing them as well. This one-man-band operation of sound from the writing process to the end product is the key element to the unique sound of Neverending White Lights.
However, it was a very trying album for him to make, and he struggled with physical illness, insomnia and involuntary trembling during its five-year development, eventually losing nearly 60 pounds (27.3 kg) due to the stress from writing and recording. Once completed, it took nearly two more years for Victor to find a way to release it. On September 27, 2005, the album was released independently through Ocean Records Canada (his own record label). His first single, "The Grace," which featured Canadian singer Dallas Green, shot up the charts, finishing as the 6th most spun song on Canadian Rock Radio in 2006. The music video eventually hit #1 on Much Music and modern rock radio, and a tour supporting Canadian legends Our Lady Peace soon followed.
Victor has produced and recorded records for other artists as well, including the City And Colour album "Sometimes", guest keyboard parts on the Ours album "Mercy" (produced by Rick Rubin), and most recently a indie album by Canadian artist Marco Solo. Victor is also developing his own label's roster by signing and producing some up and coming artists.
In his music videos, Daniel Victor often portrays a gothic/Victorian inspired character. The 3 videos from his first album are actually one continuing trilogy. Victor is seen in "The Grace", featuring Dallas Green, as the man who helps his fallen angel (played by Emm Gryner) back up to heaven, in "Angels and Saints", featuring Chris Gordon, as the same man who wanders around an old house in search of the angel who has now gone missing, and in the final video of the trilogy "Age of Consent", featuring Nick Hexum, where the man dies to find his angel.
The success of his debut album led to numerous award nominations and wins including "Favourite Single of the Year" (Indie Music Awards) and "Best New Group of the Year" (Radio Music Awards). In April 2007 he was nominated for "New Artist of the Year" at the Juno Awards.
After taking about a year to write and record a follow up to "Act 1", Victor emerged with his 2nd album. On October 30, 2007, Daniel Victor/Neverending White Lights released his sophomore album, the follow up to Act 1 Titled Act 2: The Blood and the Life Eternal. The first single released off of Act II, "Always", was the first to have lead vocals sung by Victor himself, and peaked at # 18 on the Canadian top 40 Rock Chart. He later followed that with the second single "The World is Darker" featuring Melissa Auf der Maur (of The Smashing Pumpkins, Hole and Auf der Maur), and then the driving rock song "Where We Are" featuring Rob Dickinson of the UK band, The Catherine Wheel. Daniel Victor took home the Award for "Artist of the Year" at the 2008 Indie Music Awards. Victor is currently working on his 3rd release for Neverending White Lights to be released sometime in 2009.
(4 July 1816 – 12 January 1899) was an American grocer and distiller, and the eponym of the famous distillery in Windsor, Ontario. Walker founded the distillery in 1858 in what was then Walkerville, Ontario. Walker was born July 4, 1816 in East Douglas, Massachusetts, and moved to Detroit in the mid-1830s. He purchased land across the river, just east of what was Windsor, Ontario, and established a distillery on the banks of the Detroit River. Walker began selling his whiskey as Hiram Walker's Club Whiskey. It became very popular and American distillers became angry, and forced the US Government to pass a law requiring that all foreign whiskeys state their country of origin on the label. This move backfired; Hiram Walker's Canadian Club Whiskey became more popular. He established and maintained the company town that sprang up around his distillery. He exercised planning and control over every facet of the town, from public works to religious services to police and fire. He once opened a church for his workers and then quickly closed it when the preacher decided to bite the hand that fed him by preaching about the "evils of alcohol".
Mr. Walker was also a cattle breeder and was party to a famous contracts case known as "The Pregnant-Cow Case." (Sherwood v. Walker, 33 N.W. 919 (Mich. 1887).) According to the majority opinion, Walker agreed with Theodore Sherwood, a banker, to sell him a cow of distinguished ancestry known as "Rose 2d of Aberlone". The price was $80, both parties believing Rose to be sterile. When Walker discovered that she was pregnant and worth between $750 and $1,000, he refused to deliver her. Sherwood sued and prevailed in the trial court, but lost on appeal. This case illustrates the contract law rules of rescission of contract by mutual mistake. Because both parties believed they were contracting for a sterile cow, there was a mutual mistake of fact, and therefore ground for rescission. However, the dissent in the case, written by Justice Sherwood, notes that Sherwood believed that Rose "might be made to breed" and purchased her on that chance. In 1887, Walker made a financial gift to found Children's Hospital of Michigan, today known as DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center.
Hiram Walker died in Detroit, Michigan, January 12, 1899. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. Hiram Walker's Grave, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan The Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery remained in the Walker Family until 1926 when it was sold to Harry C. Hatch. Canadian Club Whisky is produced to this day at the distillery site Mr. Walker founded. The company has gone through several versions of ownership and is now owned by French firm Pernod Ricard as a result of that company's acquisition of Allied Domecq. The direct descendents are of the Franklin MacFie Walker and Elizabeth Talman (Walker) Paterson families.
Born January 17, 1973 is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in Windsor, Ontario, Ward moved with his family to Nepean, Ontario, a suburb of Ottawa, as a youth. Ward played junior hockey for the Nepean Raiders of the Central Junior A Hockey League, before accepting a scholarship at the University of Michigan. After one season at Michigan, he was drafted fifth-overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1991 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Before his playing days at Michigan was over, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings, signing with the club in 1993. He was assigned to the Red Wings' affiliate Adirondack Red Wings for the 1993-94 season, where he spent the bulk of the next three seasons. He made his National Hockey League debut in 1993-94, but only became a regular National Hockey League player in the 1996-97 season. Although in his debut in 1993-94, he scored the first goal at the Arrowhead Pond on October 8, 1993.
Since 1993-94, Ward has played over 600 career National Hockey League games and been a member of three Stanley Cup championship teams, two while playing for the Detroit Red Wings in 1997, 1998 and one with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. In 2006, Ward scored the first goal in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals to help his team win the Cup. After the 2006 season, Ward became an unrestricted free agent and he signed with the New York Rangers. He joined fellow 2006 Cup winner Matt Cullen as a free agent signed by the Rangers. His tenure as a Ranger however was short-lived, during the 2006-07 season among rumours of tension between him and then captain Jaromir Jagr, Ward found himself traded to the Boston Bruins. While with Boston, Ward has added solid defense and much-needed veteran leadership. Often he has been paired up with Zdeno Chara on Boston's top defensive pair.
Felix John Watts
(August 4, 1892 - August 17, 1966) was an accomplished inventor with several U.S. patents granted for items such as motion picture projectors, vehicle ignition systems, light switches, locking mechanisms, etc. Felix Watts was born in Windsor, Ontario to Samuel Watts and Elizabeth Mills. After the death of his mother Elizabeth (daughter of David Mills, Canadian politician) in 1907, his father moved the family to Port Huron, Michigan. After high school, Felix attended the University of Michigan where he was an engineering major and captain of the school's international soccer team. During his years of invention, Felix worked primarily in the electrical and automotive industries and sold many of his inventions to Henry Ford, whom he became close friends with. Felix died as a result of a stroke in Yale, Michigan a few months after the death of his wife Sarah Dunford.
Born May 16, 1983 in Windsor Ontario is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. Wellwood has also played professionally for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wellwood was drafted by the Belleville Bulls in the first round, 16th overall, in the 1999 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) draft. In his second season with Belleville (2000-01), he put up 118 points, capturing the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the league's leading scorer. The next season, Wellwood was traded in January 2002 to the Windsor Spitfires for Jason Spezza. As a Spitfire, he tallied 100 points in 57 games, including a 29-game stretch in which he scored 26 goals and 59 points. In his final year of junior, Wellwood also received the William Hanley Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League's sportsman of the year, as well as the Canadian Hockey League Sportsman of the Year Award by playing in 57 games without a single penalty minute that year.
Wellwood was drafted in the 5th round, 134th overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2001 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He turned pro in 2003-04 when Wellwood joined Toronto's minor league affiliate, the St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League (AHL). Wellwood recorded 55 points in his professional rookie season while also appearing Wellwoods first National Hockey League game with the Maple Leafs that year. The National Hockey League lockout the following season guaranteed that Wellwood would play in the American Hockey League one more season. On October 30, 2004, he set a St. John's franchise record by scoring 5 goals in one game against the Cleveland Barons. Wellwood finished his second season with St. John's in 2004-05 fourth in league scoring with 87 points. As National Hockey League play resumed the following season in 2005–06, Wellwood joined Toronto's line-up. When captain Mats Sundin was injured in the first game of the season, Wellwood was bumped to centre the first line between Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov in Sundin's absence for a month. Wellwood posted a career-high 45 points in his rookie campaign. The following season, on December 16, 2006, Wellwood scored his first National Hockey League hat trick in a game against the New York Rangers. Wellwood also had two assists that same night for a career-high five point National Hockey League game. On pace to surpass his rookie totals, Wellwood was sidelined for almost half the season and finished with 42 points in 48 games. Wellwood suffered a sports hernia before the start of the 2007–08 season, and he missed the first 15 games. He returned on November 6, 2007, against the Ottawa Senators. After the Leafs had been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, Wellwood went to Philadelphia for minor surgery on the opposite side of Wellwoods groin from the first operation, prematurely ending his season with 21 points in 59 games.
Ronald "Ron" Lawrence Wilson
Born May 28, 1955 in Windsor Ontario is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the United States Olympic hockey team. Wilson is also former head coach of the San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals, and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim of the National Hockey League. Wilson holds dual citizenship of the United States and Canada. Wilson was born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in Fort Erie, Ontario. Wilson moved from Fort Erie, Ontario to Riverside, Rhode Island when Wilson was 12 years old. As a result, Wilson holds dual citizenship of Canada and the United States. Both his father, Larry Wilson, and his uncle, Johnny Wilson coached the Detroit Red Wings. He began his career playing hockey at Providence College, where he set several NCAA defenseman scoring records and was named the ECAC Player of the Year in 1975.
After Wilson's successful college career, Wilson was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League in the 1975 National Hockey League Entry Draft in the eighth round. Wilson played only parts of 3 seasons with the Maple Leafs before spending six years in Switzerland, playing for EHC Kloten and HC Davos of Nationalliga A. Wilson returned to the National Hockey League in 1985 and played three seasons with the Minnesota North Stars before retiring as a player in 1988. Wilson also played on the U.S. national hockey team on a number of occasions throughout his career. Wilson's coaching career began in 1990, where he became an assistant coach for the Vancouver Canucks. In 1993, Wilson was named as the first coach of the expansion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, where Wilson coached the team for 4 years.
(24 February 1798 – 15 November 1856)
Daniel Massey a blacksmith in Newcastle, Ontario. Massey began production of agricultural implements in 1847. Massey born in Windsor, Vermont to Daniel Massey Sr. and Rebecca Kelley. The Massey's later moved to Upper Canada between 1802 and 1807. Massey later lived and studied in Watertown, New York, returned to run his father's business. Massey's business grew and its heir, Massey-Ferguson, is a multinational farm implement manufacturer today. The history goes back to 1847 when Daniel Massey opened a workshop to build simple farm implements in Newcastle Ontario. A decade later in Ontario Alanson Harris established a foundry to make and repair farm machinery.
Massey and Harris both became pre-eminent in harvesting machinery and eventually the arch rivals merged in 1891. The new company was responsible for producing the world’s first commercially successful self-propelled combine harvester in 1938. Massey-Harris merged with the Ferguson Company in 1953 bringing together their twin skills in harvesting machinery and tractor design to produce one of the world’s most powerful forces in farm equipment. Massey's son Hart Massey also joined the family company. Today Massey-Ferguson is a thriving manufacturer of farm machinery.
Born: October 20, 1941 Windsor, Ontario At 15, Bob Panasik played in the Canadian Open Championship. When he made the cut to stay for all four rounds he made history as well. In the 48 years since, no younger player has made the cut at a Professional Golf Association Tour event. But his career does not stop there. Bob has spent all his life committed to the game of golf and to competitive play. Canadian Junior Champion in 1958 through to Canadian Professional Golf Association Super Senior Champion in 2003, he has won a generous helping of tournaments, including 12 provincial titles, 2 Canadian Professional Golf Association Championships, and 3 Canadian Professional Golf Association Senior Championships. He also played his way into nine US Opens and 3 Canadian World Cup Teams. He was the youngest to make the cut in a regular Professional Golf Association Tour event the 1957 Canadian Open, at 15 years old, 8 months. He finished T64. Making 14 appearances in the Canadian Open as well as an Honoured Member of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.
Bob Panasik's Record:
Qualified for the US Open Championship 9 times through Regional/Sectional Qualifying process: 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1983 1968 Michigan PGA Assistants Champion: holds record margin of victory 10 strokes 1970 Michigan PGA Assistants Championship - winner Member of Canada’s World Cup Team: 1972-1973, 1975
1994 Exempt to the Senior Tour 2001 Qualified for the 2001 US Senior Open
Canadian Record: 1958 Canadian Junior Championship, winner Canadian Professional Golf Association Champion: 1972-1973 1974 Canadian Professional Golf Association Championship, runner-up 1981 Canadian Professional Golf Association Club Professionals Championship, winner 1986 On the Canadian Tour Order of Merit 1993 Canadian Professional Golf Association Club Professionals Championship, winner Canadian Professional Golf Association Seniors Champion: 1997-1998, 2001 Canadian Professional Golf Association Super Seniors Champion: 2003-2004
Provincial: Ontario Junior Championship Runner-up: 1956, 1959 Ontario Junior Champion: 1958, 1960 Willingdon Cup Team Member Ontario: 1958-1960 1959 Ontario Amateur Champion British Columbia Open Championship Runner-up: 1962-1963 Ontario Open Championship Runner-up: 1964-1965 1973 Newfoundland Open Champion Canadian Professional Golf Association Ontario Hunt Trophy (Order of Merit): 1973, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984 1974 Saskatchewan Open Champion Alberta Open Champion: 1974-1975 1975 Saskatchewan Open Championship Runner-up: 1974 Quebec Open Champion Quebec Open Championship Runner-up: 1977, 1982 Ontario Spring Champion: 1979, 2002 1979 Ontario PGA Champion (33,33 = 66 33,33=66) 1981 Manitoba Open Championship Runner-up 1986 Manitoba Open Champion 1998 Ontario Summer Champion