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April 1983 - Death of John Robarts Announced
Former Ontario premier had died six months earlier

john robartsLondoners were saddened and somewhat baffled by the news that one time city alderman and PC leader John Robarts had died and was no longer running the province.

"What, he's still not premier?" exclaimed Mayor Al Gleeson when informed that Robarts had vacated the office in 1971. "I guess that explains why no one at Queen's Park has been returning my phone calls."

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1976 - Guy Lombardo Goes Disco
Bandleader to record soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever

guy lombardoWith over 50 years of show business behind them, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians are still staying alive. The famed musical group has been signed by Paramount Pictures to provide the tunes for their latest musical boog-a-thon.

"We'll teach that Travolta lad a few new steps," Guy tells Variety. "Why, we've worked with some of the biggest hep cats in the business over the years. We mimed to a Duke Ellington recording in one film and don't forget the battle of the bands we did with Lawrence Welk and Shep Fields. We all came dangerously close to swinging that night!"

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1970 - Jack Chambers Hollywood Bound
Avant garde film maker to do biography on Norman Rockwell

jack chambersLondon's leading experimental film maker will be writing and directing the life story of the beloved Saturday Evening Post artist. John Wayne is slated for the lead role. Producer Ross Hunter offered Chambers the contract after seeing his latest effort, Hart of London, which features images of a deer being shot by police officers, intensive close ups of a live childbirth and a sheep slowly bleeding to death after its throat is cut.

Chambers' departure marks the second recent loss for London's arts community. Three months earlier painter Greg Curnoe left for New York City to accept a position at Hallmark Greeting Cards.

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