Gordon Allan Sinclair, journalist, author, radio commentator, television panelist (b at Toronto 3 June 1900; d there 17 May 1984). He began a long and often controversial career when he joined the Toronto Star
in 1922 after a modest education and various dead-end jobs. During the Depression when the country yearned for release, Sinclair, on assignment for the Star
, transported his readers to faraway places, from war-torn China to Africa. He began his radio career on 6 June 1944 when he broadcast the news of the D-Day invasion over CFRB, Toronto. He continued to broadcast news and comment, his own feature, "Let's Be Personal" and "Showbiz," and he was an original panelist on the CBC's enduring FRONT PAGE CHALLENGE
. He gained international recognition in 1973 when he broadcast on CFRB an essay that became known as "The Americans." It was subsequently recorded with a musical background and became so popular that Sinclair was revered by Americans, including Richard Nixon, John Wayne and Ronald Reagan. He was author of several books including Footloose in India
, Cannibal Quest
, Khyber Caravan
and Will the Real Gordon Sinclair Please Stand Up?
Scott Young, Gordon Sinclair: A Life ... And Then Some (1987).
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