In 1974 or ’75 I was just a kid working my first radio job in Lindsay. Dave Broadfoot was, at that time a part of the radio-only Royal Canadian Air Farce on CBC (years before they came to television). Dave was a big part of the show, and the only cast member to tour, as I recall. When he booked a gig at The Academy Theatre, the radio station promoted the show heavily as a CBC Radio affiliate. We carried it – thus we got lots of chances to interview Dave to promote the show.
We all attended the performance when it rolled through, and it was fairly obvious to Dave that we were big fans. So after the show, when we invited him over for a drink afterwards, Dave readily accepted.
We were all young and green back then, with a number of the on-air staffers just starting out like I was, renting rooms in big, old Victorian house owned by the chief engineer. So there we were, in a small sitting room in back of the kitchen, lollygagging over a few Scotch and sodas with myself, Dwight Smith (now retired from the CBC), Dan Matheson (ex CTV), and a few others. For several hours Dave regaled us with stories.
Just as the evening wrapped up and Dave was taking his leave to head back to his motel (no ‘hotels’ in Lindsay at the time…), he spied a copy of the now-defunct Lindsay Daily Post on the coffee table. He picked it up and stared at the front page.
“What is THIS?” he cried…
At that time, the Lindsay Daily Post featured classifieds on the front page, in a three-column-wide section that ran on the front page, on the outside margin from the bottom of the mast to the bottom of the page. In fact, the feature was called FRONT PAGE CLASSIFIEDS.
This is where Lindsay residents advertised their garage sales, lost pets, and cars for sale. The ‘Personals’ column was especially popular: this is where Betty and Fred advertised the fact they had Ron and Roxanne over for dinner the other night, and they played euchre (in the days before Social Media).
Dave was wiping his eyes with glee.
“Can I have this???”
By all means, we said.
“This would be GREAT material!”
We don’t know if he ever used it for material. But it was our day to spend a couple of hours with a revered Canadian comic genius – who’s star has dimmed but will never completely fade away, such is his legacy.
He’ll be missed – as are the front-page classifieds in the Lindsay Daily Post.