Charles Templeton - An Anecdotal Memoir
An Anecdotal Memoir
"Few individuals have been at the centre of so many arenas -- a lively
retelling of a remarkable life." -- Barbara Frum
This site contains the full text of Charles Templeton's
Anecdotal Memoir published in 1982. Rather than write a
traditional autobiography, he decided to tell the stories of
the people he met and the worlds he moved in during his nine
For a shorter biography and bibliography,
see his Obituary
or home page.
In his different careers he managed to encounter many of the movers
and shakers of Canadian and world society, and to be one of those
movers himself. If you like good stories or are curious about
the media in Canada, or the rise of evangelism in the USA and the
world, you will enjoy these. Some of the important history of
these fields is documented here.
Please note: There may still be a few proofing errors in this
Inside Evangelism - Toronto
Inside Evangelism - with Billy Graham
Inside Evangelism - at Princeton
Inside TV - CBS & CBC
Inside TV - At CTV
Inside the Toronto Star
Inside Politics - Beginning
Inside Politics - Leadership of the Liberal Party
Inside Politics - Aftermath
Inside Maclean's Magazine
Postscript by Brad Templeton
In here you'll read what happened...
- when Templeton and Pierre Berton "blew the whistle" on leaks of tax
information at the Department of National Revenue and the Prime
Minister said, "Put 'em in jail."
- when Charles Templeton and Billy Graham were picked up by two B-Girls
in a Paris night club and Billy Graham earned the sobriquet, "The
- when the Globe sports department decided to initiate the new sports
cartoonist with an unorthodox use of glue and paper?
- at Maclean's magazine when it was discovered that the office built for the
new editor was eight inches larger than the president's?
- when a poltergeist turned up during an interview with Aldous Huxley?
- behind the scenes when a neophyte Pierre Tudeau was pitted against
Stanfield, Douglas and Caouette in the first Great Debate?
- in the process of running as an outsider for leadership of the Liberal
Party of Ontario, barely losing and then turning down victory when it's
Some of the people you'll read about in these stories:
|Nathan Cohen||Rebecca West||John Diefenbaker||Lester Pearson|
|John Bassett||Beland Honderich||Aldous Huxley||Somerset Maugham|
|Billy Graham||Albert Einstein||Evelyn Waugh||Richard Nixon|
|Keith Davey||Pierre Trudeau||Walter Gordon||Peter Worthington|
|Gary Lautens||Ross McLean||Jack McClelland||Pierre Berton|
|Bill Davis||Harvey Kirck||Peter Kent||Gordon Sinclair|
|Joey Smallwood||Michell Sharp||Rene Levesque||Mirv Griffin|
|Jackie Gleason||William Randolph Hearst||Oscar Levant||James Mason|
|Zsa Zsa Gabor||Joyce Davidson||David Susskind||Barbara Amiel|
|Joe Clark||Robert Stanfield||John F. Kennedy||Lyndon Johnson|
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