I had the chance to meet Ed once; he was helping out some of his employees at his store, stocking shelves. He was a bonafide millionaire, and an extremely generous person. From offering free turkeys to anyone on Christmas day, to buying and fixing up theatres doomed for demolition, he touched many people.
I found his character to be fascinating; and he always seemed to have a smile on his face. I can only hope his son keeps up his legacy.
I've seen EIGHT movies so far this year: Because I Said So - (2*); Borat - (5*); Children Of Men - (4*); Fantastic Four 2 - (4.5*); Knocked Up - (4*); The Last Mimsy - (4*); Shrek The Third - (3*); Spiderman 3 - (3.5*)
I took the pic above of the outside of his store last week when my wife & I spent a couple days in Toronto (and I got to meet up & hang-out with BrewGuy & elcyberGoth, a couple guys from the old board you old schoolers may remember). Everytime my wife visits Niagra Falls to see her Grandpa, she makes a trip up to Toronto & Honest Ed's. She was pretty broken up when I told her he died.
Here's a pic of a poster I took in the store for his big birthday bash:
Mirvish was a better ambassador for Toronto than Mel Lastman, that's for certain. It's incredible how much that man was loved.
I hang out with some old Torontonians here, and they're all in shock.
I've seen NINE movies so far this year: Because I Said So - (2*); Borat - (5*); Children Of Men - (4*); Fantastic Four 2 - (4.5*); Knocked Up - (4*); The Last Mimsy - (4*); Shrek The Third - (3*); Spiderman 3 - (3.5*); Transformers - (2*)
Jesus, how could I forget Edwards vs. Duke? As for the Mayorality, Rizzo (that guy made Rudy Guiliani look like Al Sharpton) vs. Goode was a doozy, but I've got to go with Mark Green vs. Mike Bloomberg right here in NY in 2002.