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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Maxine Samuels, Producer

Montreal writer Martin C. Barry is doing a little research on the late Canadian TV and film producer Maxine Samuels, and found my weblog with Richler's comment on her. Paraphrasing from Mr. Barry's email, he said "in retirement before her death in 2001, Ms. Samuels lived in an apartment tower not far from his home in west end Montreal." He goes on to say "it seems she was one of Canada's most dynamic independent television producers, even if she has remained relatively unknown. Richler's comment is not surprising."

He saw my web page for Mordecai Richler who referred to Samuels in a response to being invited to be a member of a Canadian Society of Film Makers. Maxine Samuels, for those who are unfamiliar with her, was one who brought the Canadian iconic 1960s TV-series, The Forest Rangers, to the masses. One of my favourite shows as a kid (I watched in re-runs) -- up there with The Beachcombers.


Blogger Martin C. Barry said...

As a followup of sorts to the comment on Maxine Samuels, and noting your interest in Irving Layton, he, too, has lived in this part of west end Montreal (Notre Dame de Grace) for quite some years. When he still was able to get out on his own (which I understand he can no longer do), I would meet him at the supermarket on Somerled Avenue. On one such occasion, probably in the late 1980s or early 1990s, I invited him, while we were waiting in the checkout line, to write an entry in my journal which I was carrying around. He scribbled, 'Avanti!' and signed his name.
In those years, I was working as a public opinion research door-to-door interviewer. At one door, Layton answered. But there being no one in his household who matched the demographic needs of the survey, I had to go on.

Saturday, August 13, 2005 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger John MacDonald said...

Thanks for your insight and comments. I look forward to seeing the outcome of your research when you publish it. You will wont you?

I just hope Irving Layton isn't suffering too much of late. Tragic disease.

Saturday, August 13, 2005 10:49:00 PM  

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