Friday, 14 October 2011

26 George Anthony

A salute to The 62

George Anthony helped launch the tabloid as the Day One entertainment editor, writing a column, a review of John Bassett's film Face-Off and a review of a Joe Orton play at the St. Lawrence Centre. Humble beginnings for the entertainment section, which included an Earl Wilson TV column. But like Paul Rimstead, George's entertainment column was an instant hit with readers. George, born in Montreal, was the tabloid's popular man about town, scoring high as a columnist and movie critic in the annual readership surveys. His rewards included a piece of the Sun in 1974 and a loyal following in the years before he left the tabloid for a career as a writer and producer for the CBC. Along the way, he also wrote the 2005 book Starring Brian Linehan and hosted his own interview show on Global TV for five years. While his blog has been idle since May 2010, George remains active in CBC affairs and on Facebook

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