Monday, 24 May 2010

Peter W's op

Toronto Sun readers who have read Peter Worthington's columns since Day 1 in 1971 should thank Toronto General Hospital for helping to keep his words in print.

As the tabloid's co-founder told readers yesterday following a recent four-hour heart implant operation, he has had two operations and 11 bypasses over 32 years.

The latest operation quickly cleared up his shortness of breath and he was soon back at the keyboards.

One comforting quote in his Sunday Sun story came from Dr. Heather Ross, a TGH cardiologist who told the veteran newsman: "You’ve got a lot of mileage left.”

You said it, Heather.

Poker vet Doyle Brunson, 76, sums it up for poker players - and journalists - when he says "You don't stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing."

Lefties probably would have preferred to see Peter retire at 65, but that would have short-changed readers who appreciate depth of experience in their newspaper columnists.

Peter, in his 80s, is far from being the oldest columnist in Canada.

Edgar Dunning, another former boss of this blogster, is still on the job at 100, writing columns for the Ladner Optimist in B.C.

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