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Where was I on June 19? A cryptic diary offers clues*

- June 19th, 2012

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David Lewis, in an undated photo, courtesy of dcf.ca

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Don’t know which episode of The Prisoner this is from (can anybody help?), but that’s Patrick McGoohan as No. 6 at right. Courtesy of a place that knows good images http://blog.ajchristian.org

Bought Too Many Fish & Here Comes My Baby

(garbled) & Dan (more garble)

– June 19, 1967

Saw David Lewis NDP rally.

Bought “Aftermath”

– June 19, 1968

“The Who’s” Village Voice came.

‘Six for Two’ on the Prisoner

Cemetery Bike Ride.

– June 19, 1969

“Blue Suede Shoes”.

Supper at the Cherkows’.

Syrinx at 20/20.

– June 19, 1970

Now, this is a day. David Lewis, possibly the most eloquent Canadian who never became prime minister and then NDP No. 2 behind the saintly Tommy Douglas, in London to rally the troops in our usual valiant uphill fight in this case vs. Trudeaumania. Syrinx, one of the first & still best synth-dreamscape-lyrical bands. The Tremeloes, with my all-time favourite Cat Stevens’ song. Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels. Aftermath. Blue Suede Shoes.

JBNBlog has fond memories of The Prisoner. Vague recollections suggest this episode was one where our hero No. 6 worked his way into the mysterious power structure and took over the nominal second-in-command & his frequent taunter No. 2 & then it was all futile because no one would ever escape The Village anyway. Anyone with a better sense of that episode?

One of the unfortunate (a euphemism) aspects of the London artscene back in the day was the feud between my dad, chief wizard of Alpha Centre, and some of the people behind 20/20, a rival arts centre also (if memory serves) on what is now the John Labatt Centre block. (Small world, eh?). So going to seehearexperience Syrinx was a bit of betrayal — or maybe not. Maybe Dad went along. That song of Syrinx haunts me still.

*An occasional series based on a v. cryptic diary kept as a pen&ink forerunner to JBNBlog during the late 1960s, when our family lived in London, Stratford (parts of summers of 1966 & 1967), Victoria, B.C. (July 4, 1968-July 4, 1969) and then London again until June, 1970 when I was in Grade 13.

Saul Holiff: A #ldnont icon. Do you remember him?

- June 19th, 2012

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A classic shot of Johnny Cash, left, and Saul Holiff, likely from sometime in the 1960s. Courtesy of Jonathan Holiff and via  thetfs.ca 

The Hyland Cinema shows a lot of great movies, but on Saturday at 9 p.m. it will be a special occasion even for the home of the hits. Jonathan Holiff’s My Father & the Man in Black will be screened. It’s in part about Saul Holiff’s brilliant turbulent career as manager of Johnny Cash, starting pretty much at the bottom c. 1960 & then hitting the top by the end of the decade and a few years after. (The details follow from a family friend & show how the movie is also about Jonathan’s relationship with his late father, Saul).

Saul Holiff visited my parents’ house at least once in the 1960s. He was dynamic, visionary. What do you remember about him? Your memories will help shape a My London I am working on for Thursday’s Free Press. I will be at the Hyland screening on Saturday where Jonathan Holiff will hold a Q&A. See you then at London’s home of the (cinematic) hits.

Over to Eileen Howard Fralick, a staunch ally for Jonathan & the family who sent this into lfpress.com & LFP colleague Kelly Pedro for Your Scoop consideration. Thanks, Kelly, for sending it this way.

Your Scoop:

Saul Holiff’s son has written and produced and directed a film called My father and the Man in Black, he is showing it in the NXNE festival in toronto today (June 15) and sunday and then it will open in london for one night on the 23rd of june at 9 P.M. the trailer for the movie can be found on Youtube, under the same name as film Jonathan Holiff was a successful business owner of hollywood Madison in L.A. When his father comitted suicide in 2005 he found a locker his mother directed him to full of Johnny cash memorabilia and 66 hrs of taped Diaries from his father. Jonathan was estranged from Saul for 20 years, and he found a way to reconcile with the father he barely knew. this film is about a son looking for his father, in the shadow of the Icon in their lives, Johnny Cash. the movie is all about real life, it is a truthful account of Jonathan’s search and the true story of how being this man’s manager affected this family’s life. Jonathan and Joshua are returning to their birthplace,
to show the film, as it belongs to london, at least Jonathan thinks they deserve the chance to see it on the big screen, he says he wants to come full circle now and put his father to rest. He has found his dad in 66 hours ot tapes. He will be home on the 19th of June and the showing at the Hyland Cinema is on the 23rd of June. He will be bringing some of the never before seen Cash letters and the movie is not based on truth, it is based on the taped phone calls between Johnny and June and Saul, and the Diaries, hours of them, that Saul left to tell his sons, he knew he was not a great dad, and wished he could do better, because he said he knew his flaws, Jonathan was able to forgive him, as Saul was a man who could not admit to making a mistake, and was the law, and always right while he was raising his children. He took his own life, just as Walk the line was about to come out. June 23rd 9pm the Hyland Cinema. Film maker in attendance with his brother, who plays Saul Holiff  at age 40. this is about london ontario, and a london family. thanks for listening.

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Name:          eileen howard fralick