“The Truth Shall Make You Free” – Today in History – Dec. 31


Today in History – December 31

Marshall McLuhan
Herbert Marshall McLuhan (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980)

In 1980, Canadian communications theorist and writer Marshall McLuhan died at age 69. His revolutionary and often misunderstood communications theories have been compared to the works of Darwin and Freud for their universal importance. McLuhan established worldwide recognition in 1964 for his book “Understanding Media,” which studied the changes in human perception caused by electronic communications. He coined the phrase “the medium is the message.”

[Marshall McLuhan’s] tombstone is a modest flat copper plate in a quiet part of Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill, Ontario – often almost covered by weeds and grass. But it did not obscure his big lettering: “The truth shall make you free.” If McLuhan’s grave was in any other part of the world there would be tour buses driving up daily to visit the burial site of this worldwide famous icon and seer. His funeral Mass was celebrated on a cold winter day in January 1981, at Holy Rosary Church in Toronto, which acknowledged his Scottish heritage, had one bagpiper pipe his body into the church and out afterwards before a good sized crowd of worshippers. (Source: http://tinyurl.com/7suqkru )

“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

Addendum: Michael McLuhan reports that his father’s memorial marker was designed by Romanian-Canadian sculptor Sorel Etrog, who was a friend & collaborator of Marshall McLuhan. On Sorel Etrog and his relationship with Marshall McLuhan, see the following posting on this blog: http://tinyurl.com/qdf7q8l .

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