1900 - 1984
News commentator, journalist, radio and television personality. Sinclair roved over most of the world as a reporter for the Toronto Star from 1922-1942. His popular Let's Be Personal radio show launched in 1942 and when the Star gave him an ultimatum - newspaper or radio - one of Canada's most enduring broadcasting careers was solidified. Sinclair later worked in television as well, notably as a regular panelist on the Front Page Challenge show, and wrote eight books.
|... this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth... Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States... When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up... When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help...The Marshall Plan, the Truman Policy - all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries... You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times - and safely home again... Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble?... I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing [withdrawal from the Vietnam war] with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles... I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians.|
Jun. 5, 1973 - from "The Americans", his Let's Be Personal commentary on Toronto's CFRB 1010 radio station