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The Canadian Express program 1978
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- Sampson, Paddy
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Robert J. (Paddy) Sampson (known as "Jim" to his family) was born in Belfast, Ulster, June 18 1926. Sampson joined the Royal Navy at only 15 by lying about his age and was stationed in the Pacific during the Second World War. It was during this time that he got his nickname, "Paddy". After the war, Sampson began working in London theatres as a lighting director but soon moved to Canada and began working at the CBC in 1952. Though he began as a stage hand, he began producing and directing in short time, and worked with the public broadcaster for over 30 years. Some of the notable programs he worked on include "Program X" and the renowned hour long 1966 music special, "The Blues". Sampson married Bette Laderoute in 1969. He retired from the CBC in 1985, but returned to produce the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies for the 1988 Calgary Olympics. He also worked as an actor, appearing in a small role in the iconic Canadian film "Strange Brew", credited as "pensioner". Paddy Sampson moved to Port Hope in 1999, where he lived until his passing in 2005.
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File contains with the 1978 series outline for the CBC television variety show, "Canadian Express "produced by Paddy Sampson. The show aired on CBC Television between September 22, 1977 and September 12, 1980. The show was hosted by Ryan's Fancy in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Gabrielle in Edmonton, Alberta, Terry Jacks in Toronto, Ontario, Terry David Mulligan in Vancouver, British Columbia, Gerry and Ziz in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Jim Bennett in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The item description includes show number, working title, producer, host, cast, location, segments, packaging and segment deadlines. Musical guests of note include: Loreena McKennitt (b. 1957), CBC's The Friendly Giant (played by Bob Home, 1919-2000), Gianetta Baril (harpist, b. ?), Stan Rogers (1949-1983) , Bruce Innes (b. ?), Dixie Lee (Stones) Innes (b. 1946) , Jimmy Arthur Ordge (b. ?), Lauren Vinson (b. 1947), Ivan Daines (b. ), Elaine Overholt (b. ?) and The Good Brothers.
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Inscribed on original housing in red ink : Revised. Can Ex Schedule Aug. 78. Inside the folder are several handwritten annotations and some corrections in pencil, red and black ink.