Today between 8am and 5pm, food and toy hampers will be distributed to less fortunate families in Saskatoon by the Secret Santa Foundation volunteers, Board and staff. Secret Santa started in 1984 to help make sure no needy child went without a new toy at Christmas by the late morning radio personality Denny Carr who passed away from cancer in 1999.
The Trends Research Institute has published what it believes will be the Top trends that will shake and shape the world in 2018. The Institute predicted the 1987 stock market crash, the dot-com bust, the panic of 2008, the bottled water trend and the organic food movement. An example of what it forecast for next year is what it calls the driverless car cliff and the electric car fantasy.
Tis the season to be jolly isn’t it? Not if you talk to the Saskatchewan and Alberta government officials involved in what seems to be a schoolyard spat about licence plates at construction sites. “You started this fight”. “No, I didn’t, you did”. “Oh yeah, well I can prove you did and what I’m doing is just in self-defence”. “No way, I can prove you did and I’m just pushing back”.
Glancing through a list of famous celebrities (is that redundancy?) who passed away in 2017 I see 89 year-old Sir Roger Moore who took over from Sean Connery as James Bond and acted in 7 Bond films. 56 year-old Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. 90 year-old Rock & Roll trailblazer Chuck Berry. 89 year-old Mary Tyler Moore who starred in the 60’s sit-com the Dick Van Dyke Show and then her own show in the 1970’s.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (actually it was 1977 in Alberta but that seems like a long time ago if not so far away) I saw the first Star Wars movie. I maintained my fondness for Science Fiction into my adult years and, to be frank, I’m more of a Star Trek fan than Star Wars but I have a ticket to go see the newest Star Wars film, the Last Jedi, on its opening day tomorrow.