Thursday, November 01, 2007

Will the real Ron Chartrand please stand up!

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post, "Badly needed election reform - please support the petition!"

Can anyone tell me if Ron Chartrand is a blood relitive of David's? Is he the Vice-President of the MMF? Just curious because back in the days I dated Ron's son for many years and the family is proud Treaty not Metis!
Dear Anonynous:

Thank you for writing. As you know, "Chartrand" is a very common surname in Manitoba - 158 including 11 Ds and 14 Rs in the Winnipeg Telephone Directory alone.

No doubt the "real" Mr. Ron Chartrand or someone in the MMF's Winnipeg Regional Office will see this and can answer your question.

Although we've never met the Ron Chartrand to whom you refer, he was the only Federation Provincial Board of Director out of the 23 who had the wisdom, brains, common sense and foresight not to sign on to the beyond asinine defamation lawsuit against from the get go - for which we thank him! Somehow managed to allegedly defame all of them but him - huh?

Is it A, B or C? Will the real Ron Chartrand please stand up.




You have to go back a lot of years but there was an old black and white television show called, This Is Your Life. In it 3-4 people would be sitting on stage before a live audience while an unseen voice of friends, relatives and acquaintances could be heard revealing details from the past of one. You had to guess the mystery person. Host Ralph Edwards would then say, "Would the real Mr. John Smith please stand up."

Clare L. Pieuk
This Is Your Life

Ralph Edwards
This Is Your Life was a television documentary series hosted by its producer, Ralph Edwards. It originally aired in the United States from 1952 to 1961, and again in 1972 on NBC. It began as a radio show airing from 1948 to 1952 on NBC Radio. A version of it has been on air in the United Kingdom since 1955, and another version is still running in Australia. It has also been broadcast from time to time in New Zealand.

The Concept

The format of the show was simple: the host would surprise someone (usually a celebrity or public figure, occasionally an ordinary citizen) and, consulting his "red book," conduct a biography of the subject in a television studio. The subject would be presented with family members and old friends, reunited with old acquaintances, and often shed a tear when a personal tragedy was recounted.

The 1950s edition of the show was aired live before a theater audience. The celebrity guests were ambushed by Ralph Edwards and confronted by the microphone and cameras. They made their way to the studio during the first commercial break. Most of the honorees quickly got over their initial shock and enjoyed meeting bygone friends again. Pioneer movie producer Mack Sennett's response was typical: he hated being caught off-guard, but as the tribute progressed he relaxed, and by the end of the show he was quite pleased with the experience.

Advance planning for the broadcast meant that, inevitably, certain celebrities would know in advance about the surprise. Carl Reiner later admitted that he knew beforehand about his appearance.

Some celebrities were unpleasantly surprised. Angie Dickinson refused to appear, and Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy was angered by being "tricked" into what would be the team's only American television appearance on December 1, 1954. The meticulous Laurel later said, "Oliver Hardy and I were always planning to do something on TV. But we never dreamed that we would make our television debut on an unrehearsed network program... I was damned if I was going to put on a free show for them," although he mellowed in later years when so many viewers told him how much they enjoyed the show. Lowell Thomas was probably the most hostile and annoyed on-air guest. When host Ralph Edwards tried to assure him that he would enjoy what was to come, Thomas replied, "I doubt that very much."

Attempted Revivals

Edwards would revive the series twice in syndication, the first one with Edwards again as host and in 1983 with Joseph Campanella. Both failed to capture the magic of the original series, mostly due to the series being filmed or taped and in the case of the '71-'72 version some stations that aired it gave away the surprise elements in ads and promos for the show.

In November 2005, ABC announced that it was developing a new version of the show, to be hosted by Regis Phibin. Coincidentally, the show's creator, Ralph Edwards, died not long after the announcement was made. In August 2006, Philbin decided not to renew his contract with the show (he was committed to hosting America's Got Talent on NBC), and ABC is considering moving forward with another host.

In May 2007, on the popular television series American Idol, Sir Trevor McDonald presented Simon Cowell with the infamous red book. The full version of the revived show was broadcast on Saturday June 2nd on British television.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It ii A. I knew the family very well. I am going to do some digging to see if there is a blood line there.

1:45 PM  

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