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Consumer Humour

February 13, 2011

A column in Canadian Consumer magazine

Cartoon illustrating "Terror in France's Chateau country" published in February 1987

Starting in April 1966 I began writing a monthly column for Canadian Consumer magazine. The column ran until October 1987.  That spring I had been hired as national communications director for the Consumers’ Association of Canada. It was an august title but provided no staff and the salary was modest. The column was a side benefit for me and I tried to bring some levity to an otherwise very serious business-like magazine.

My philosophy in writing the column was to see the humour in every consumer situation and to point out that caveat emptor was still a very important rule of shopping for need or want. You will read here about my experiences as a consumer: a visit from a vacuum cleaner salesman, a night at the movies, a trip abroad with a young infant, a restaurant incident, a session with the vet.  

Here are the columns for your enjoyment and consuming edification.

Vacuum cleaner sales – May 86

Buying stocks – Apr. 86

Travel with baby – Feb. 87


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