File 2010.003.03.036 - Sky Dome Opening celebrations

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Sky Dome Opening celebrations

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  • June 3 1989 (Creation)
    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 the Sky Dome Opening Celebration program for the 1989 official opening published by Stadcorp. The document provides an overview of CBC Television special, The Opening of Sky Dome: A Celebration, produced by Paddy Sampson. The celebrations included several special guest stars such as, Alan Thicke, Oscar Peterson, Theresa Pitt, Liberty Silver, Tommy Ambrose, Glass Tiger, David Clayton Thomas, Andre-Phillipe Gagnon and Andrea Martin. Guests also included Ontario Premier, David Peterson. The document also includes a history of Toronto's Waterfront, a feature on the Sky Dome start to finish including planning, architect, construction, winner who named the building and a list of sporting events. Also included is a feature on Canadian artist, Michael Snow, who designed "The Audience" sculpture situated on the balcony above the entrance to the Sky Dome. The Sky Dome is home of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major baseball League and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. It is located downtown Toronto situated to the CN Tower. In 2005 the Sky Dome and the Toronto Blue Jays were bought by Rogers Communications and the building was renamed the Rogers Centre. Sampson was the president of That's Show business Inc.

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