We are the soul of a newspaper. Not just any newspaper. We are the soul of the Toronto Sun from back in the day when it was the tabloid everyone in Toronto talked about. We are the people who helped make it happen. Sadly, most of us are long gone from the Sun. Many are now deceased. But when we were all a part of the Sun, as it was, it was a vibrant, kick ass paper that captured the impossible dream.
An email from Jim Garnett, former award-winning Toronto Sun freelance photographer:
Hope this email finds you well. I recently discovered the blog (TSF)
and have enjoyed it a lot. I'm not an-ex-Sun staffer, although I worked
for the newspaper for a span of twenty-six years.
1985 - 1992
Freelance photographer, answering newsroom 'phones, police desk
overnight (weekends), security officer, head of Toronto Sun security
(emergency cover after Smiley was fired - or asked to leave - depending
on who was telling you the story) and even mailroom guy for a while
(doing inserts into the newspaper).
1995 - 2011 Freelance
photographer both in Croatia and back in Canada, police desk overnight
(weekends) and freelance travel writer (one time only!)
the time of my life at the Sun and met some #$%@ing legends. I was so
hard up when I began freelancing I slept in my car to save money so I
could pay my gas bills driving around looking for 'spot' news so I guess
I created a bit of a label for myself. I also won five 'News Photo of
the Year' awards (Toronto Fire twice, Metro Police, Toronto Ambulance
and Hamilton Police) so I guess I learned something.
'stars' - aside from yourself - Bob Carroll, Barry Gray, Len Fortune,
Jack Cusano, Mike Cassese, Greig Reekie, Bill Sandford, Mike Peake, Paul
(Pollywog) Henry, Warren Toda, Mark O'Neill, Rob Lamberti, Ed
Montieth, Peter Brewster . . . God, how I miss these guys.
Crooks Bar was our haunt before Betty's. Sneaking home along the QEW
after some brews caught one or two out when the red lights came on in
the rear view mirror. How sad it is to read how Quebecor have driven 333
into the ground.
Anyway, please say hello to everyone for me.
After working a great deal for CHCH-TV in Hamilton and CTV in Toronto, I
was diagnosed terminally ill in 2009.
My mother is now 85 and
pretty frail so I'm in the UK now taking care of her. But my illness is
pretty severe too. I just got out of hospital after an infection meant
surgery and quite a lot of my right foot had to be amputated. So I'm at
home trying to learn to walk again on what's left.
Current and former Sun Media employees, this blog is for you. We'd like to hear your feelings about the Sun, pro or con, your experiences and if no longer with Sun Media, what you are doing today. There is no "I" in Toronto Sun Family. Just "we."