Posts Tagged ‘biography’

Marshall McLuhan in 1926 Kelvin Technical High School yearbook “Marshall McLuhan was born in 1911 and died in 1980. By the time of his death, he had been dismissed by respectable academicians, and he was known in the popular press as an eccentric intellectual whose day in the media spotlight had come and gone. By 1980, the […]


The graphic designer Quentin Fiore in an undated photograph. In the 1960s he collaborated with Marshall McLuhan, Jerry Rubin and Buckminster Fuller. Credit: Fiore Family By Katharine Q. Seelye   –   May 1, 2019 Quentin Fiore, a graphic designer whose work helped magnify and popularize Marshall McLuhan’s maxim that “the medium is the message,” died on […]


(1931 – 2019) Birth: Cambridge, Massachusetts Dr. Gerald O’Grady was a legendary media scholar and former University at Buffalo professor of English, who led the media revolution in Buffalo in the early 1970s, making Buffalo among the first cities in the nation to create a public access center for film and video equipment and education. Dr. […]


Howard Luck Gossage (1917 – 1969) “People don’t read ads. They read what interests them. Sometimes that’s an ad.” — Howard Luck Gossage Marshall McLuhan in San Francisco 1965 Here is SF Chronicle columnist Herb Caen’s August 12, 1965 account of Professor Marshall McLuhan’s San Francisco visit where a McLuhan festival was taking place. I went to […]


Donald Theall, born in Mount Vernon, New York, took his B.A. from Yale University in 1950, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1951 and 1954. He rose through the ranks from Lecturer to Professor at Toronto from 1953 to 1965, being Chairman of the Combined Departments of English there in […]


Action At a Distance: Wells Hill Nov. 24 & 25 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 26, 2017, at 2 p.m. | Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Gold Corp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia According to Vanessa Goodman, a “weird Canadiana moment” inspired her latest work. The Vancouver-based choreographer grew up […]


Gerald O’Grady, Ph.D. Founder/Director of Media Study (Buffalo) and Initiator/Director of Center for Media Study (S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, Buffalo, NY) Dr. O’Grady came to the University at Buffalo in 1967 as a medieval specialist in the Department of English. He had become interested while at Rice University in Texas with the new media as a code […]


Professor Fred T. Flahiff (1933 – 2017) By Lynn Crosbie   –   September 27, 2017  Professor. Critic. Author. Friend. Born July 7, 1933, in Vancouver; died March 9, 2017, in Toronto, from complications following a stroke; aged 84. “What a world, what a world,” was Fred’s refrain, sounding something like a honeyed mantra: What sweet sounds he […]


Douglas Coupland on Marshall McLuhan, based on his biography Marshall McLuhan (2009), published in Penguin Books Canada’s Extraordinary Canadians short biographies series is scheduled for transmission on CBC TV on Friday, July 28 at 8:30 PM with a repeat on August 25 at 8:30 PM (but check scheduling on the latter to be sure). As far […]


A McLuhan Monday Night Seminar in 1973 In the Garden with the Guru Adventures with Marshall McLuhan By Bob Rodgers   –   January-February 2008 A six-foot-high hedge separated me from the garden next door but not from its voices. It was my first Sunday morning in the house I sublet on Wells Hill Avenue by […]