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The Niagara Falls Review is reporting that retired CBC cameraman and well-known blues musician, Richard Dawson, died suddenly last week of a heart attack in Thailand. He was 62.
Here are three photos of Rich that I took during the victory party that marked the end of the CBC lockout in October 2005.
I do remember from that concert that Rich was amazing on the harmonica.
Writing in the Review, reporter John Law says:
A student of the Chicago blues, Dawson and his fiery harmonica were mainstays of the Niagara music scene. Inspired by some blues records his brother brought back from Buffalo when he was 13, he was jamming in bands around southern Ontario for years while chasing his actual dream: Film making.
Dawson was a classmate of James Cameron at Stamford Collegiate. The Oscar-winning director gave him a five-page script one day called Paradise which had similarities to his eventual 2009 epic Avatar. Dawson kept the script securely stored away, and gave a copy back to Cameron when the director returned to Niagara Falls in 1996.
Dawson wrote and directed the Niagara Falls documentary Shoes of the Devil with Niagara Falls’ late historian George Siebel, and spent 32 years at CBC as a cameraman. Recently, he was teaching harmonica part-time at Niagara College.
The report says funeral arrangements are pending. RIP Rich.
That’s about 29 centimetres of snow piling up on a tree, luckily framed by a red brick wall at the back of a local mall, Nov. 29, 2010.
One thing I learned back on my first job as a two-way man (reporter-photographer) on the Sudbury Star was always carry a camera. It was in 1975-76 and one of the two full time staff photographers bought one of the first Olympus Trip 35 cameras you could fit into a jacket pocket. On the night of an Ontario provincial election, we had all shot various candidates. My colleague left his company gear in the office and drove home, only to come upon a serious accident, which he was able to shoot with the Olympus.
So now, years later, back in my old home town of Kitimat (Kitimat, the name given by the neighboring First Nation, the Tshimshian, means “People of the Snow”), the first big winter snow storm of the season starting this morning was no surprise. It brought back memories of my childhood.
There was not much opportunity to shoot, at first. A bolt that attached the chute on my brand new snow blower disappeared into the snow (bad design, none of the nuts would tighten properly, apparently designed to be kept somewhat loose) so I had to shovel the driveway.
I had a doctor’s appointment and so after digging out and driving down to park at the mall, I noticed the snow piling up on the trees by the doctor’s office. Had a long wait in the doctor’s ( big lineup of seniors ahead of me and after me as well).
The northwestern winter light was already fading when I got out. I had taken my Sony Alpha 700 with me,. so I took the time to take some shots of the trees, before walking through shin deep snow back to the mall (where I shot tree against the brick wall) before heading to the hardware store to get better nuts and bolts for the snow blower and to the supermarket to buy groceries.
So drove home and got stuck the moment I backed into the driveway, that much more snow had fallen in the about two hours as I waited, saw the doc and shopped. But got the snow blower fixed and got the driveway clear just as it was getting dark.
Always carry a camera, even if you are stuck in the snow, and going to the doctor and trying to find the right kind of nuts and bolts in an old fashioned hardware store. (Nearest big box is 60 kilometres down a snowy covered highway).
Went inside, warmed myself up with some green tea and watched CBC News Vancouver, where my former colleague Claire Martin very cheerfully informed the people of British Columbia that up until the time of the supper hour newscast, 29 centimetres of snow had fallen in Kitimat.