Monday, 2 November 2009

Odds & ends

It was comforting to see Scott Morrison's photo and byline back in the Toronto Sun on Friday, if only as an op-ed guest columnist. The former veteran Sun sports editor/hockey writer is missed. We'd link it but it is no longer online.

The Globe and Mail's Saturday edition included a story on mental health. It highlighted Sandy Naiman, a former Toronto Sun writer who is now a Toronto Star blogger. The online Globe story provided an active link to Sandy's Coming Out Crazy blog. That is class.

Awards may not be PKP's thing, but Sun Media staffers wanting to go it on their own can apply for the new Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award. Applications can be made online. Deadline is Jan. 4. A CNW press release says it is open to "any Canadian photojournalist who has been in the business less than five years - from students to freelancers to photographers working at regional publications."

Not a word in the Toronto Sun on Sunday to mark the tabloid's 38th birthday. Perhaps the little lady on King Street East has gone feminine and isn't mentioning her age these days. The big 4-oh in 2011 is the one we want to see, but there are some doubters out there.

And then there were four. The Toronto Sun's list of editorial execs in the Comment masthead is down to four. No editor-in-chief, no managing editor. But a lot of decisions they were called on to make have been channeled to other buildings.

Joe Warmington's exclusive on a plan to rejuvenate Maple Leaf Gardens no doubt prompted cheers from readers who grew up counting on the landmark building for sports and entertainment. New York City saved Radio City Music Hall. Toronto can save Maple Leaf Gardens.

Op-ed Sun Media columnist Eric Margolis penned a fitting In Memoriam tribute for his late father in today's Toronto Sun. Henry Melville Margolis died on his 80th birthday on Nov. 1, 1989, and, as Eric notes, what a life his New York City-born dad lived.

In 1963, this blogger, while working for a Thomson newspaper, was asked to mail a parcel to head office. Addressed it to Thompson Newspapers. The city editor caught the error. On Sunday, we said Jim Thompson was one of the four remaining Toronto Sun Day Oners. TSF readers quickly pointed out it is Jim Thomson. Mental lapses. Some things never change.

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