The countdown to the Toronto Sun's 40th anniversary this Nov. 1 continues with more words from Ron Poulton's Life in a Word Factory, published in 1976:
The days and nights at the Sun were long but never dull. Ordinary citizens turned up, carrying cakes, chocolates, cases of wine, paintings, flowers and even potted palms.
Small, round school children, led by large, square teachers, trooped through the city room.
Bill Hay recalls Day One on the desk at the Sun. Arnold Agnew, editor-in-chief of the Telegram, arrived with a case of champagne.
"We quaffed it while getting the Day Two paper out. Maybe that's why there was a Day Two paper."
The survival of the Sun didn't surprise its readers as much as it did most of the professional onlookers. No press analyst has yet been able to devise a complete explanation for that survival, but the answer may lie in the fact that the readers had a sense of wonder while the pros were hardened by the hazards of the news trade.