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*)
Haiti has been a mess for over 200 years. The French screwed it up initially, and anytime we have intervened in the last century its been ineffective at best. The best option now is peacekeepers and hope that the chief justice is semi-competant.