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Old 08-22-2014, 12:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: CONVERSATION with Gordon last night

I thoroughly enjoyed that thanks Char
but it needs some explanation
I strongly suspect that Char found out about it on
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2014/08/22/gordon_lightfoot_10_things_you_might_not_know_abou t_him.html
which has a very nice photo that is pretty well ready for use as the basis of a CD jewel case insert

Basically I had never heard of REDDIT AMA before so I googled it the first thing I learned was that A M A is an acronym for Ask Me Anything.

I found one good article at Forbes.com from 2012
Inside the Reddit AMA: The Interview Revolution That Has Everyone Talking

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanholiday/2012/05/01/inside-the-reddit-ama-the-interview-revolution-that-has-everyone-talking/

I got better info as often happens by adding "wki" to my
search term
and found
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reddit
which has a section on sub-reddits
"Reddit entries are organized into areas of interest called "subreddits". One of the most popular subreddits is IAmA ("I Am A") where a user may post "AMAs" (for "Ask Me Anything"), or similarly "AMAAs" ( for "Ask Me Almost Anything") prompts for others to ask questions about any topic. AMAs are open to all Reddit users, and use the site's comment system for both questions and answers; it is similar to a press conference, but online. This subreddit was founded in May 2009.
A number of notable individuals have participated in the IAmA subreddit, including President Barzck Obama (while campaigning for the 2012 electionl"
My comments
For starters I am astonished that Gord did it as it seems to be very much an "Internet thing",
so did Meredith put him up to it I wonder? or Char or maybe Kim??
 
There are of course many good quotes from his responses
I particularly liked this to a questioner who "recently moved to Toronto from Australia"
"I had a responsibility. So I kept writing. That's what kept me writing. I wanted to be right where i am right now - I'm 75 years of age, and I'm excited about getting back on the road right now! I've been on the road my entire life, but I've been off the road 8 weeks, I just got 8 weeks off, so I'm really excited about getting back. We got off in the middle of June and almost took the summer off - we did some amphitheater dates in the month of July, yea, down in the Northeast, The Wolf Trap and places like that.
Okay, okay! I love the work that we do! We'll come back to Australia sometime''
So for all of you in that other Melbourne there is still a vague hope!
BUT BUT (a bucket of ice-cold water is in order here) I well remember him saying when I first met him backstage at Msssey in November 1999 and said I'd had to come to Toronto since he did not seem likely to play the UK again
(Or words to that effect)
"We gotta get back to England"
He is probably no more likely to fly overseas again than a porker
 
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