Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Thank You Ryder Hesjedal
When Ryder Hesjedal won the Giro D’Italia this past weekend, Canada celebrated quietly. Many of us have been watching with interest as this amazing athlete paid his dues in years past.
As Ryder’s name becomes known the world over, I couldn’t help but think of other Canadians who have excelled in their chosen field. In no particular order, here are some reminders:
Lorne Michaels. Creator and Producer of Saturday Night Live. Maybe the best talent scout ever? Just sayin’.
Frederick Banting and Charles Best. Co-discoverers of insulin. Thank you, gentlemen.
James Cameron. He’s been at it a long time. Does anyone doubt that Avatar II will be better than the original?
Oscar Peterson. We don’t talk about Oscar Peterson enough. I don’t know a lot about jazz, but I know genius when I hear it.
Mordecai Richler. I first read Mordecai Richler when I was just a kid...The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. I loved it then and I still love it. Mordecai lived life on his own terms and I respect him for that.
Leonard Cohen. In a class by himself.
Group of Seven. Thankfully, many of their works remain in Canada.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
Thank you, Ryder Hesjedal.