Tag Archives: The Windsor Star

When Gordie Howie pretended that we were buddies

By Ray Bennett LONDON – In Canada, Gordie Howe, who has died aged 88, has long been revered and will always be remembered as Mr. Hockey, the greatest ever ice hockey player. I will always remember the day he made … Continue reading

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The Queen, the Happy Hooker and me

By Ray Bennett LONDON – I went to London to see the Queen and met the Happy Hooker, who led me astray. In June of 1973, Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 90 today, made a tour of Canada and The Windsor … Continue reading

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When electronic darts machines made me weep

By Ray Bennett A long time ago in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the local taverns began to sprout loud and offensive machines that, for a price, offered electronic darts. As a player of real darts, I took immediate offence and expressed … Continue reading

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Why Rose Kennedy got mad at songwriter Sammy Cahn

By Ray Bennett Sammy Cahn was a walking musical box. Open him up and songs and memories came tumbling out in a profusion of rhythms, melodies and moods. When I interview him in 1975, to speak in his presence is … Continue reading

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Recalling … Jim Morrison and The Doors live in Detroit

This review was written right after the concert that was recorded for “Live In Detroit” on the night of May 8, 1970. By Ray Bennett | The Windsor Star | May 9 1970 DETROIT: The Doors exploded in Cobo Hall … Continue reading

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A good man down: Brian Vallée dies

By Ray Bennett My good mate Brian Vallée died Saturday in a Toronto hospital after a fight with cancer. He was 70. That’s him in the centre of the photo with me and another great chum Ron Base on the … Continue reading

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Carl Morgan, a real newspaperman, dies at 77

By Ray Bennett LONDON – I was sad to get a phone call last night from Trevor Wilhelm, a reporter at Canada’s Windsor Star, who said Carl Morgan (pictured), former editor of that newspaper, had died. Carl was city editor … Continue reading

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Elton John at 60 recalling happy days

By Ray Bennett I can recall when none of my friends wanted to see Elton John, who turns 60 today. It was 1971 and the only Elton John record anyone had heard was the ballad “Your Song.” I was working … Continue reading

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