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“Street Rhythms” opens in Eugene, Oregon

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November 9, 2015
“Street Rhythms” opens in Eugene, Oregon

KLCC radio interview – aired Nov. 25, 2015 Street Rhythms – Register-Guard – Dec. 3, 2015 My show “Street Rhythms ­– A Photographic Journey” opened on Nov. 8, 2016, for a two-month exhibition at the Eugene Public Library. The 27 photographs in the collection are images of people from around the world that were...
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Labour magazine reviews Joe Hill and Remembering Salt

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October 8, 2015
Labour magazine reviews Joe Hill and Remembering Salt

Our Times, Canada’s labour magazine, has included a two-page review essay on my films in its fall 2015 edition. Headlined “Rekindling Resistance,” writer Rachel E Beattie provides a wide-ranging assessment of the short films and concludes that the “triumphant note embedded in those stories” helps inspire action today and “remind labour activists of that spirit...
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Mr. Blaylock and the Smokies – A Memoir

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August 25, 2015
Mr. Blaylock and the Smokies – A Memoir

John D’Arcangelo, a former teacher and long-time resident of Trail, B.C., has thoughtfully included one of my childhood memories in his recently published book A Time to Remember. My short entry recounts my dad Mike Verzuh’s recollection of a hockey game in which Cominco president S.G. Blaylock intervened to ensure that the game would go on. The book,...
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Buddy DeVito’s Celebration of Life

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May 31, 2015
Buddy DeVito’s Celebration of Life

On Sunday, May 24, 2015, we celebrated the life of Francesco Edward “Buddy” DeVito, a long-time family friend and later a personal friend of mine. Buddy had died about six months earlier on October 29, 2014, at age 94, but his widow Maureen Mitchell wanted to wait a while before spreading his ashes in...
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Canada’s Vietnam Vets – A Feature Article

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April 8, 2015
Canada’s Vietnam Vets – A Feature Article

“Allan M. was a quiet kid; a sissy, according to some of his school mates. He had few friends, wasn’t good at sports, least of all the potentially violent ones like football or hockey. He was a loner, not in the habit of opening up. As the yearbook put it: ‘This tall fair lad...
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Zuckerberg’s Island – A Youthful Memoir

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August 23, 2011
Zuckerberg’s Island – A Youthful Memoir

The attached article on Zuckerberg’s Island is one of my early attempts at literary non-fiction in which I recount the story of a young visitor who popped up on my doorstep one day in the summer of 1973 while I was acting as the island caretaker on behalf of a grandson of Alexander Zuckerberg....
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Our wedding on Zuckerberg’s Island – A memoir

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July 10, 2011
Our wedding on Zuckerberg’s Island – A memoir

Leola Jewett and Ron Verzuh were married on July 2, 2011, on Zuckerberg’s Is. in Ron’s hometown of Castlegar, B.C. Leola and Ron exchanged vows and rings in an intimate ceremony amidst the gorgeous surroundings of the island, a five-acre park at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers where Ron was served...
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Go Smokies Go – A hockey legend

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March 16, 2011
Go Smokies Go – A hockey legend

Shivers went through me as I watched Norm Lenardon score the fifth and final goal to clinch the world amateur hockey championships for the Trail Smoke Eaters. I could feel a tear forming as I re-listened to a CD of the voice of CFRB Toronto’s Bill Stevenson calling the game on the radio from...
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I was a Burt Reynolds look-a-like

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February 23, 2011
I was a Burt Reynolds look-a-like

On Friday, April 14, 2004, I finally got my 15 seconds of fame just like Andy Warhol promised. It all started outside Mann’s (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre along Hollywood Blvd. when a young man came up behind me as I was trying to fit my hands into those of Humphrey Bogart.
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The all-powerful Mr. B. – A memoir

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February 23, 2011
The all-powerful Mr. B. – A memoir

We grew up hearing stories, true and apocryphal, about the larger-than-life CM&S (Cominco) Company president Selwyn G. Blaylock. One of those stories had to do with the world-famous Trail Smoke Eaters and a particular game that almost didn’t get played. But first some remembrances of Mr. Blaylock. Dad would recall the time that one...
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Books

Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh