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Sunday Newsletter 2001-16Su.

April 22, 2001.

I have had to change and shorten my lineup a bit this week as I have been ill. I acquired a case of pneumonia which severely hampered my ability to accomplish anything this week. I think you'll enjoy the read anyway, and thanks for your understanding.



= Question of the week
= Biography -- Arthur Watkins Crisp
= Also born this week
= Odd spot
= Place names -- Pontypool, Ontario
= Fast facts
= Joke of the week
= Quote of the week
= Answer to this week's question
= Preview
= Links and resources
= Legal and subscription information



Who were the Criddle family? Answer near the end of the newsletter.



Arthur Watkins Crisp

Arthur Crisp was a painter, muralist and designer who was born in Hamilton, Ontario, on April 26, 1881. He studied at the Hamilton Art School under John S. Gordon in 1898 and 1899 and at the Art Students League in New York City, USA, from 1900 until 1903. Crisp went on to design and create numerous mural decorations for theatres, schools, hotels, private homes and office buildings in New York City as well as in Trenton, New Jersey.

He was commissioned to paint British and Canadian recruiting works on the Boston Common (one of the area's better-known public squares) in 1918 for the Canadian War Memorials Society, and painted decorations for the Reading Room of the new House of Commons building in Ottawa in the early 1920s. His decorations for private homes and businesses are rich in colour, animated, cheerful and vivacious. His work for public buildings differ in that they have a formality and restraint that reflected Crisp's interest in the art of the Italian Renaissance period.

Crisp also designed embroidered, silk and velvet hangings which were made by his wife, Mary Ellen Crisp. Crisp was a member of numerous art organizations including the Architectural League of New York and the National Society of Mural Painters, also located in New York. He was a founding member of the Allied Artists of America, the American Water Color Society and the New York Water Color Club.

He retired to Biddeford Pool, Maine, USA, in 1956 and gave a large collection of his work to the Art Gallery of Hamilton in 1963. Arthur Crisp died were he retired on June 28, 1974. He was 93.



Sandra Birdsell, short story and screenplay writer, novelist, born in Hamiota, Manitoba, April 22, 1942.

John MacLennan Buchanan, lawyer, premier of Nova Scotia (1978-1990), born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, April 22, 1931.

Pierre Hetu, symphony conductor, born in Montreal, Quebec, April 22, 1936.

Margaret Avison, poet and social worker, born in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario, April 23, 1918.

Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson, statesman, Nobel Prize winner, prime minister (1963-1968), born in Newtonbrook, Ontario, April 23, 1897.

Georges-Phileas Vanier, governor general (1959-1967), born in Montreal, Quebec, April 23, 1888.

Violet Archer, composer and educator, born in Montreal, Quebec, April 24, 1913.

David Crombie, teacher, mayor of Toronto (1972-1978), born in Toronto, Ontario, April 24, 1936.

Robert Alan Eagleson, lawyer and hockey agent, born in St. Catharines, Ontario, April 24, 1933.

Linda Lundstrom, fashion designer, born in Red Lake, Ontario, April 24, 1951.

George William "Grant" McConachie, airline executive, born in Hamilton, Ontario, April 24, 1909.

John Henry Patrick Avison, pianist and symphony conductor, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, April 25, 1915.

Thomas "Tom" Cullen Daly, film maker, editor, producer, born in Toronto, Ontario, April 25, 1918.

William Neilson Hall, seaman, first Canadian naval recipient of the Victoria Cross, born in Horton Bluff (now Lockhartville), Nova Scotia, April 25, 1829.

Melissa Hayden (ne Mildred Herman), ballet dancer and teacher, born in Toronto, Ontario, April 25, 1923.

Paul Almond, film maker, born in Montreal, Quebec, April 26, 1931.

Erika Ritter, playwright and broadcaster, born in Regina, Saskatchewan, April 26, 1948.

James Kidd Fleming, businessman, premier of New Brunswick (1911-1914), born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, April 27, 1868.

Louis Lortie, pianist, born in Montreal, Quebec, April 27, 1959.

Bruce Richard Robertson, swimmer, Olympic medalist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, April 27, 1953.

Sir John Craig Eaton, merchant and philanthropist, born in Toronto, Ontario, April 28, 1876.

Ginette Reno (ne Raynault), singer, born in Montreal, Quebec, April 28, 1946.

Steven Staryk, violinist and teacher, born in Toronto, Ontario, April 28, 1932.


== ODD SPOT ==

Recently reported in the "Edmonton Journal" was a story about specially commissioned Braille posters with the theme of equal treatment for the blind. These were on display this past winter at the Truro Leisure Centre, in Truro, England, and at the University of Alberta's human resources department in Edmonton. However, sighted people could not read the posters because the words were only in Braille, and the blind could not read the posters because in both locations the limited-edition posters were hung on the wall behind glass covers, to "protect" them.



Pontypool, Ontario

Pontypool is located in Ontario's Victoria County just south of Lindsay, Ontario. The community was named in 1881 after its namesake in Wales, northeast of Cardiff.



- Penticton, British Columbia, was originally called Phthauntac. This meant "ideal meeting place" in Salish.

- Of the ten provinces, Quebec has the highest percentage of secondary school graduates and Alberta the lowest.

- The university in Canada that has the highest tuition fees is Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.

- The National Library of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, is the world's third largest library in terms of number of books.

- Kenneth Roy Thompson is Canada's wealthiest individual with assets exceeding $20 billion.

- Canada has 14 nuclear reactors.

- Canadian's consume the third highest amount of ice cream per capita in the world after New Zealand and the United States.

- Canada has the world's seventh largest Jewish population.

- Regina, Saskatchewan, has Canada's highest murder rate of any city.

- The most common crime in Canada is "theft under five thousand dollars".



The phone rings at an RCMP station. A voice on the other end asks, "Hello. Is this the RCMP?"

"Yes it is. What do you want?" the constable replies.

"I'm calling to report my neighbour Tom. He is hiding marijuana in his firewood," the man says.

"We will investigate," says the RCMP officer, and gets further details from the caller.

The next day the RCMP go to Tom's house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept, break every piece of wood, find no marijuana, curse at Tom and leave.

The next day the phone rings at Tom's house. "Hey, Tom! Did the RCMP come and chop your firewood?"

"Yeah they did," Tom answers.

"OK, now it's your turn to call. I need my garden ploughed."



"Every shot not taken is a goal not scored." --Wayne Gretzky. (I am sure that was easy for him to say!)



Who were the Criddle family?

The Criddle family were naturalists known for detailed and long-term records of fauna and flora at Aweme, near Treesbank, in the central area of southwestern Manitoba. Percy and Alice Criddle came to Manitoba from England in 1882. Together they had eight children (Percy also had five children with his mistress Elise Vane), four of whom were born in Manitoba. In addition to Percy's diaries, Norman and Stuart Criddle wrote over 150 publications of varying sizes. Norman also became known as the "dean of entomology" in western Canada, and is recognized for his development of the "Criddle mixture" for grasshopper control and for his early application of biological observations to insect control.

The Criddle family's studies included long-term weather records (for which Maida Criddle received a government award), one of the first breeding-bird censuses, one of the longest migration chronologies in North America, and a detailed floral calendar. Norman was also a painter and some of his drawings were published in government books on Canadian plants. There is a link in today's resources to more information on Norman Criddle, including an example of his artwork.



Due to my health problems this week and Craig's much-earned vacation time, next week's lineup will remain a secret until publication. In other words, I don't yet have a clue what I'll be writing about next week, although I do plan to write on 100 Mile House in British Columbia. Until then, stay healthy!



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