Book Description Jack Webster in Vancouver, and Ron Pumphrey in St. John’s, are broadcasters who are the very bookends of this nation.”
Douglas Fisher (1919–2009)
` The Events Leading Up To My Death is a beautifully authored story of humour, pathos, injury, and of love unrequited and of love fulfilled. This book is for the young, the middle-aged, the old. Ron Pumphrey, man of a thousand lives, will keep you enthralled by this book’s citings of some of the very cream of his quite adventurous life. Notably, he shares for the first time the story of his meteoric rise to fame as a radio talk-show host in Newfoundland. Here you will see a human being like ourselves who never, ever said “It can’t be done.”
Ron Pumphrey is a master storyteller. No, this is definitely NOT fiction. It’s happily, pathetically, juicily true.
About the Author
Careers adventurer Ron Pumphrey was born in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1931. He was, variously and sometimes conjunctively, surface-mines labourer, amateur boxer-wrestler, salesman, journalist, editor, radio talk-show host, television news writer and amateur performer, books editor and publisher, writer and performer of three long-playing recordings (LPs).
He founded two bay newspapers and two capital city monthly magazines, was a city councillor, a commercial investigator, a minister, and perhaps the province’s first private public relations man (“PR With RP”). A lifelong student, he’s a certificate holder in beginners’ law, in coastal navigation, and in writing, and the motivational sciences. He has studied in day schools, night schools, nighttime universities at home, on the mainland, and in the United States. Noted as a hard-working, hard-playing individualist, Ron worked in Jamaica with the Kingston Daily Gleaner (where his sense of humour resulted in his getting a job when literally none was available), was for a short time a stringer for the New York Times, and, in Toronto, was a full-time employee variously with the Stock Exchange, Dun and Bradstreet, Flash Newsmagazine, and British United Press. His hobbies are educational pursuits, political and other news analyses, philosophy, and watching his weight come and go.
His children (by his late wife, Nellie Dwyer of Bell Island) are Heather, Ron Jr., Helen “Nellie,” Steve, John, Shawn, and Ian, who live in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, the Yukon, and Denmark. He lives with his wife and companion of thirty-two years, writer-activist Marilyn Tephi Duffett, in a cottage built onto (not into) the slope of a high hill, in Quidi Vidi Village, hard by Ye Olde Inn which keeps his favourite brew on order. He spent the first dollar bill there, when “the tav” opened in 1977. It’s in a glass-fronted frame on a wall near the bar.
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