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.
we first proposed a gathering to celebrate his induction into the
Canadian News Hall of Fame, Les Pyette said he would stay over an extra night
if there was enough interest. He did not know if there would be.
There definitely was.
The gathering at P.J. O'Brien's last night was a mix of Les Pyette's
family, friends and former colleagues out to toast and thank the new
Hall of Famer.
Many thanks to
Ron Base, who has known Les for 40 years, for his words at the
microphone and for drawing others to speak of their admiration for Les.
Words from the heart from Andy Donato, Mark Bonokoski, BJ Del Conte,
Shane Harvey, Ian Harvey, Mike Strobel (who sang Love Me Tender).
And then there was the photo Les held in his hand while expressing his
thanks for the warm wishes from people whose lives he had changed over
The photo, one of two emailed by Bob Burt, was of
the Windsor Mafia, which we will post elsewhere. It is a priceless photo
that Les did not have in his scrapbook.
Joe Warmington, who
booked the lounge, sweet-talked owner Pat Quinn into providing free hot
food, something every self-respecting newspaper person treasures.
Kudos to Sue-Ann Levy for recommending Cakes by Robert and for the
photo of the cake. It was a shame to cut into the work of art, but we
There were a lot of photos taken during the night. Would appreciate FB postings.
Messages from those who could not attend came from near and far: Linda
Barnard, vacationing in Turkey; Joan Sutton, on the move in New York;
Hugh Wesley on a photo assignment in Guelph; Michael Peake, New
York-bound; George Anthony in Montreal etc.
Although we asked
several times for a separate bar tab for the guest of honour, Les paid
his own way. The $90 raised in the donations covered most of the cost of
the cake, so we are good.
The gathering at PJs turned out to
be all for Les and rightly so. It was not the appropriate environment
for remembering Peter O'Sullivan, so that leaves us to remember him at
another time, another place.
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."