Who was Bill Mason?
Well, Bill Mason was a canoeist and an artist but he was best known for his film-making. He worked for many years in the early 80’s making movies for the National Film Board. In Canada, many of his films were shown to school kids all through the 80's with his most popular being "Paddle to the Sea" and "The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes". He was one of the first people to use film as a medium for whitewater canoe instruction. "Path of the Paddle" and "Waterwalker" are absolute classics. I never had the great fortune to meet him, but I have met his kids Paul and Becky at several paddling festivals through the years.
Our family has been laughing really hard following the story over the past couple of days with the excitement taking place downstairs at King West Optical. To bring you up to speed, read the posting from Thursday.
Today I realized that CNN has picked up the story on their main page. Wow! We’ve hit the big time now. The new twist in the story is last night CityTV cameras caught the store owner replacing the sign of his store to a new name. What used to be King West Optical is now called Adam Plimmer & Associates Optical. Looking at it in the light of day, it is just a sticker poorly stuck over the old one.
I love Toronto...