banner.gif (3613 Byte)

Corner.gif 1x1.gif Corner.gif
1x1.gif You are at: Home - Discussion Forum 1x1.gif
Corner.gif 1x1.gif Corner.gif
      
round_corner_upleft.gif (837 Byte) 1x1.gif (807 Byte) round_corner_upright.gif (837 Byte)
Old 12-14-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
charlene
Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 15,595
Default Lightfoot and Me

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2011/12...htfoot-and-me/



While on my book tour for Writing Gordon Lightfoot, this is what I found: nice rooms filled with nice people; all the coffee I needed to drink; an awkwardly glowing introduction (awkward for me); books sold from a table; and then, questions, most of them good. Sadly, I was asked one question repeatedly: “Have you ever met Gordon Lightfoot?” The answer was “Yes.” The response, from the questioner, was, inevitably: “Why didn’t you tell us that in the book?”

The truth is, I forgot– how I could forget a single encounter with the subject of my book is a question for greater, more mystical beings– but let me explain. I’d met Gord (or Gordon; some bloggists are upset that I’ve shortened his name; apparently no one has to tell them to get a life) in Quebec City in 1987. In an elevator. In the dead of winter. I was there for Rendez-Vous 87, a hockey tournament that matched the NHL All-Stars with the Russian National Team. Me and Gord and Pete faked our way into the tournament, fudging press credentials by pasting our bylines over other writer’s stories. We were given Rendez Vous tote bags, pens, notebooks and badges. We met Tony Esposito, Alan Thicke, Jari Kurri, Trent Frayne, and Scotty Bowman, with whom Gord and Pete got stuck in an elevator. They remember Scotty shouting into the elevator phone, outraged that they’d stopped. After a few minutes, the car jerked forward and my friends were spared further wrath.

The next day, Gord came on at the seventh floor. By sheer fluke, we were staying on the 24th, in the Presidential Suite, with great windows overlooking the Plains of Abraham. Lightfoot was the very image of his album covers: tall, scruff-bearded and denim’ed from head to toe. It was a great surprise to see him, not only because we were surrounded by the tournament’s hockey royalty, but because Lightfoot had retreated from the centre of Canadian cultural consciousness after years as the dominant force.

I decided to say something, so I asked him: “How did the show go last night?” (Lightfoot had been brought in by Nordiques’ owner Marcel Aubut to perform alongside Autograph, a Ukranian rock band). Lightfoot looked down at me, then looked at his hands. Then he brought his hands up from his waist, and turned them over. His fingers were long with worn callouses. He looked back at me, then back at his hands, one of which he scratched. “Well,” he said. There was a pause. The elevator fell, binging at each floor. “Well,” he repeated, scratching. “Early Morning Rain was a little fast.”

“Ah,” I said. Actually, I’m not sure what I said. Maybe I’d ah’ed or maybe I’d oh’ed. I can’t remember. The elevator stopped at the third floor. Gord got out. And we went back to the rink.
charlene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2011, 09:44 PM   #2
niffer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 239
Default Re: Lightfoot and Me

Is Dave really short? Or was Gordon wearing platform shoes? He has a definite physical presence, but not many would describe him as "tall."
niffer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2011, 10:14 PM   #3
charlene
Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 15,595
Default Re: Lightfoot and Me

He's about 5'9" or so..
Gord's stage shoes have 'heels'...
the pics of Gord and I at Calgary and Banff shows me at 5'5" with 1" heels.Gord had his new blue NIKE runners on.. not much difference...Bonnie in one pic is 5'1" with a small heel on.. http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=25963
charlene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2011, 11:55 PM   #4
niffer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 239
Default Re: Lightfoot and Me

He looks very tall standing next to me. But then, everybody does
niffer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 03:14 AM   #5
Dream Street Rose
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Orange County, CA-USA
Posts: 819
Default Re: Lightfoot and Me

Gordon told me last year he was 5'8". I am 4'8" so everyone is really tall to me, especially Brink.

DSR
__________________
I'm much too young to feel this damn old.
Dream Street Rose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 08:16 AM   #6
jj
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 5,272
Default Re: Lightfoot and Me

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dream Street Rose View Post
Gordon told me last year he was 5'8". I am 4'8" so everyone is really tall to me, especially Brink.

DSR
Lol

Hey, Gordon wore cowboy boots and had that tall perm in the 70s and into the 80s so that may have contributed to the illusion

Plus he has guys seated all around him on stage plus keep Haynes deep in the pocket of the stage to partially keep things in perspective. Smart, IMO

Also, Gord is a shrinking smoker who is likely bringing in the new year at 5'7"

I doubt he's got any resolutions...lightfoot forward
jj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 09:04 AM   #7
charlene
Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 15,595
Default Re: Lightfoot and Me

yeah Brink (Shorty as I call her) is the one we all measure ourselves against..
lolol
charlene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 10:27 PM   #8
Lisa J
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: arizona, usa
Posts: 342
Send a message via AIM to Lisa J
Default Re: Lightfoot and Me

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dream Street Rose View Post
Gordon told me last year he was 5'8". I am 4'8" so everyone is really tall to me, especially Brink.

DSR

At 5'10" I kinda feel like a giant! It does seem like Gordon is shrinking a bit because he seemed shorter this past year than he did just a few years ago. I guess it is the path we all eventually take, the downward growth spurt!
Lisa J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2011, 01:42 PM   #9
Cathy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Maine, USA
Posts: 1,982
Send a message via AIM to Cathy
Default Re: Lightfoot and Me

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lisa J View Post
At 5'10" I kinda feel like a giant! It does seem like Gordon is shrinking a bit because he seemed shorter this past year than he did just a few years ago. I guess it is the path we all eventually take, the downward growth spurt!
I think it has more to do with his posture than anything. He's more hunched over now than he was years ago.

Cathy
__________________
http://www.cathycowette.com
Cathy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
downleft 1x1.gif (807 Byte) downright