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(February 21, 2002, Gazette)

My agent called me up and said, ‘Do you realize how unusual that is?’ Because, first of all, as a Canadian, to be reviewed in the New York Times is something. To have a full page review on a Sunday, which is prime space, is unusual. And, apparently, it doesn’t happen to very many Canadian writers.

— Honorary degree recipient and author, Dr. Joan Clark, (D.Litt.) speaking about the Jan. 20, 2002, New York Times review of her new book, Latitudes of Melt, nominated for the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


First and foremost, a lot of our friends worked on the movie. And from Day 1 the drivers for the director and the cooks for the actors often strategically placed Great Big Sea records in CD players near them and said, ‘By the way, have you heard this band?’ There was a lot of that on the go.

— Great Big Sea singer and former alumni of the year Alan Doyle (BA ’92) talking about how five of the band’s songs made it to the film, The Shipping News. The band recently released its fifth studio album, Sea of No Cares.


When I think of St. John’s, it’s like the capital of the world for fish and chips.

— Maura Hanrahan (BA ’84), adjunct professor at Memorial University and co-author of the new book, A Veritable Scoff, a book on sources of information about Newfoundland food and nutrition, in an interview in The Telegram.


C. Wade Rogers (B.Ed. ’86), was recently elected to the office of president, CGA Certified General Accountants Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Memorial is tops; work terms were a real advantage, I think. I also did a term in Harlow and work terms in Ottawa, Regina and Toronto. I think those terms away really helped open my eyes to different people and ideas.

— Jim Byrd (B.Comm. ’94), director of alternative-dollar fixed income trading in the capital markets division of the Royal Bank of Canada working in London, UK.


Any one of these cable systems on their own probably wouldn’t support the infrastructure that you require to make them profitable. But if you have enough of them – as we used to call them, scraps – you could make yourself a pie.

— Brendan Paddick (B.Comm. ’86, MBA ’94) referring to the purchase of more than 40 cable companies, during the recent launch of Persona Inc., the new name for Regional Cablesystems.


Newfoundland needs to make its economic pie bigger. As we all know, our pie is too small and too many people are fighting for a piece of it. Indeed, too many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are going elsewhere to get their just desserts. We have to find a way to reverse our fortunes and to do so at home.

— Vic Young (B.Comm. ’66) Memorial University executive-in-residence, speaking at the Natural Resources Symposium and Exhibition on Feb. 9, 2002.


Do you have any interesting alumni notes and quotes to report? Send them to jkearsey@mun.ca