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A Small Quiz

December 1, 2010

Time to test your knowledge of the Ceeb!

I’ve put together a fiendishly complex gaggle of queries regarding the CBC.
Let’s a get a few things out of the way first:

  • This isn’t sponsored by the CBC.
  • All the answers are public knowledge, and can be found in books or online.
  • Sorry, no prizes.

The CBC is not only celebrating their 75th anniversary, but the Massey Lectures turn 50 in 2011.

75 years is a long time. In 1935, Toronto’s city limits probably didn’t extend past Eglinton Avenue. There were farms separating Toronto and Mississauga. Jet planes didn’t exist. Neither did computers, colour TV, the Internet, bullet trains, CD’s, DVD’s, or even electric guitars.

No CN Tower, ACC, Skydome, Eaton Center. Maple Leaf Gardens was still brand-new. There wasn’t even a subway, just trolley cars.

Practically every part of the environment in Toronto we take for granted didn’t exist.

I’m focussing on Toronto because that’s where I was born and where I live. But you can make the same observations for every part of Canada. Even Nanavut didn’t exist back then.

My mom, born in 1930, arrived in TO in the late 30’s – early 40’s, coming from Quebec City. She’s lost most of her French, but has retained the profanity, much to the chagrin of Canadian telemarketing firms.

She’s told many Romantic (in the proper literary sense of the term) and gritty folkloric tales of Toronto when the CBC was buying its first microphones. Her mother settled in Moss Park, Toronto’s own Hell’s Kitchen. During the Great Depression, it was even shabbier than you see it today.

I joined the family in late 1970, 3 months after I was born, adopted into the clan at a time when all my siblings were finishing high school, and my parents lived in East York.

I sometimes feel cheated that I couldn’t roam freely in the Toronto my mom vividly brought to life when I was young: dealers, five and dimes, speakeasy’s, tramps, and hustlers.

My teenage Toronto had comic shops, suburbs, premium cable TV, video arcades, strip malls, 30-story condos, and super-highways. My Toronto had all the gadgets, but none of the charm.

But that Toronto is now receding under the pressures of a new century. The video arcades are gone, strip malls are being pushed aside by superstores, desktop computers by wireless smart appliances, CD’s by MP3’s. When I look at movies I watched in the 1980’s, I’m already beginning to see myself romanticize my own past. And a new Toronto, a new Canada will make their own myths, stories, and promises to the people who live here.

CBC, you started when my mom was having the adventure of a lifetime. Hope you’re here when this generation are waxing nostalgic to their children about DVD’s, gas-fuelled cars, and TV’s that couldn’t connect to the Internet.

Happy 75th.

The Quiz

This is a quiz with a literary bent. My experience of the CBC over the years has been primarily The Massey Lectures, a great Canadian cultural legacy. But we have a few gotchas in here for TV, radio, and digital as well.

Without further ado, your questions:

  1. Which Massey lecturer was one of the founders of the NDP party?
  2. Which Canadian philosopher helped create CBC’s University of the Air?
  3. Who connects the CBC with the original Battlestar Galactica series?
  4. Which Parti Quebecois leader was a CBC journalist?
  5. How many Governor General’s of Canada are CBC alumni?
  6. Which Massey Lecture is a novel, not non-fiction?
  7. At what age was Peter Jennings when he hosted his first CBC show?
  8. When Pierre Trudeau spoke the now legendary line, “Just watch me”, which CBC journalist was the interviewer?
  9. Which Sutherland worked for the CBC: Donald or Kiefr?
  10. In which years were the Massey Lectures not broadcast?
  11. When did cbc.ca go online?
  12. In 2003, cbc.ca won an Online News Association award…for what story coverage did it win the award?
  13. Which country has a public broadcasting corporation whose abbreviation is also the CBC?
  14. Before its reformation as a Crown Corporation, what was the CBC called?
  15. On what year did the CBC commence colour TV broadcasting?
  16. Who designed the butterfly logo used from 1966-1974?
  17. How many shortwave radio services does the CBC operate?
  18. What year did Hockey Night in Canada start?
  19. How many unions operate within the CBC? Name at least 4.
  20. Who hosted The Urban Peasant?
  21. How many Massey Lectures have “The Real World of” in the title?
  22. What federal building was completed in 1832 (demolished in the 1890’s) that stood in the spot now occupied by the Toronto Broadcasting Center?
  23. Which Massey lecturer connects the CBC with MIT?
  24. Before House of Anansi Press took over publishing duties for the CBC, who was the publisher of CBC books?
  25. Which CBC journalist alumni has held a post as Canadian ambassador to the United Nations?
  26. Glenn Gould’s three documentaries: The Idea of North (1967), The Latecomers (1969), and The Quiet in the Land (1977) have become known collectively under what name?
  27. Who’s “taking care of business” on Radio One every week?
  28. Which Toronto resident and American ex-patriot advocated for the separation of Quebec in a Massey lecture?

I’ll post the answers to these in a few days. Chew on them for a bit.

The Answers

It’s been a week. Here’s the answers:

  1. Frank Underhill
  2. George Grant
  3. Lorne Greene
  4. René Lévesque
  5. 3: Adrienne Clarkson, Michaëlle Jean, and Jeanne Sauvé
  6. Player One, Douglas Coupland
  7. 9, the wee rascal
  8. Tim Ralfe
  9. Donald
  10. 1976, 1980, 1996
  11. 1993
  12. The SARS epidemic
  13. Barbados (The Carribean Broadcasting Corporation)
  14. Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission
  15. 1966
  16. Hubert Tison
  17. 2, Radio Nord Québec and Radio Canada International
  18. 1952
  19. 13:
    • Canadian Media Guild (CMG) represents on-air, production, technical, administrative and support staff outside of Quebec and Moncton.
    • Association of Professionals and Supervisors (APS).
    • American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM).
    • Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (performers; ACTRA).
    • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes (stagehands; IATSE).
    • Writers Guild of Canada (WGC).
    • Association des réalisateurs (AR).
    • Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada (SCRC).
    • Société des auteurs de la radio, de la télévision et du cinéma (SARTeC).
    • Syndicat Canadien de la fonction publique, Conseil des sections locales, Groupe des employé(e)s de bureau et professionnel(le)s (SCFP).
    • Société professionnelle des auteurs-compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ).
    • Syndicat des technicien(ne)s et des artisan(e)s du réseau français (STARF).
    • Union des artistes (UDA).
  20. James Barber
  21. 2, The Real World of Democracy and The Real World of Technology
  22. The federal legislature
  23. Noam Chomsky, a Massey lecturer
  24. The CBC
  25. Stephen Lewis
  26. The Solitude Trilogy
  27. Randy Bachman
  28. Jane Jacobs
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Luna permalink
    December 6, 2010 8:40 pm

    What I wanna know is this: did you know most of this before you even started working at CBC?!

    • Jeff Wyonch permalink
      December 6, 2010 10:44 pm

      Maybe about a third of it…I’ve been a big fan of the Massey’s for a long time. The rest was pulled from various wikipedia entries.

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