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Academy Awards cartoon

File consists of a negative of a Ben Wicks cartoon showing formally dressed people climbing a giant Academy Award statue. Also included is a copy of the published image in the TV Weekly listings, Toronto Telegram.

Accrual to the Ben Wicks fonds

Accession consists of original illustrations created by Ben Wicks for the series of children’s books, Katie and Orbie Save the Planet, as well as illustrations for other books and projects, the manuscript for Ben Wicks’ Canada, and publications written or illustrated by Ben Wicks.

Adoption speech

File consists of speech notes and newspaper clippings pertaining to Ben Wicks’s published book “Yesterday They Took My Baby: True Stories of Adoption.”

Amnesty International : light in the darkness

Video recording of a television special for Amnesty International co-hosted by Dini Petty and Martin Sheen. The special pertains to bringing to light human rights violations from around the world. Appearances by other movie and TV personalities.

Audiovisual recordings

Series consists of video recordings of episodes from the “Ben Wicks” television show that aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) from 1979-1981. In the series, Ben Wicks interviews famous people, politicians and people with unique jobs. Each episode contains drawing lessons from Ben Wicks and two, two minute commercial breaks with a black screen. The interviews were conducted over several years in the mid to late nineteen seventies. The series also contains videocassettes for several of Wicks’s literacy projects, a recorded speech he made at an award function, and a brief recording of Mila Mulroney discussing the success of the Canadian Children’s Fund fundraising campaign and book, “Dear World.”

Banking for kids : proofs

File consists of publisher proofs of a booklet about banking for kids. First 22 pages missing. Includes eight original illustrations.

Ben Ocopnick 

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s

Ben Wicks : dear mum : Montreal show

Video recording of an episode of the Dear Mum television series where Ben Wicks writes a postcard to his mum about his travels and the people he meets. In this episode, all interviews are in Montreal. Wicks interviews Bob Aldo (1:23), a pick-pocket, chef Hitz (6:40) from the Chateau Champlain, Ben Kravitz (10:36) from Ben’s Montreal smoked meat shop, the French/English singer Jeannette Rohois (14:34), and Hans Seyle (19:49), a Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist and international expert on stress. Finally, Wicks interviews the Montreal Alouettes (24:31), a professional Canadian football team. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W04

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Frank Gerace (2:46), operator of the Sun Valley Dog Hotel near Bowmanville, Ontario, followed by an interview with American actor Ed Asner (15:42) in Hollywood, California. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W05

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews David Warrack (3:41), theatre actor, at Centennial Stage in Prince Edward Island followed by an interview with Major Wallis (14:41) of the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds, Air Demonstration Squadron, in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W06

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews George Main (1:15), a worm farmer in Richer, Manitoba, followed by an interview with the rodeo clown, Quail Dobbs (14:55) at the Calgary Stampede, Alberta. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W07

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews author Bill Ross (William Edward Daniel Ross) (1:57) in St. John, New Brunswick. At the time of shooting, Ross had completed over 600 novels in his career. The second interview is with Diego O’Bolger (15:49), a bull fighter in Mexico City, Mexico. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W08

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Greg Athens (1:25), champion free style skier in Kelowna, British Columbia followed by Pierre Cardin (12:35), fashion designer in Paris, France. The third interview is with the Lobel brothers (21:32) of the Lobel’s of New York butcher shop in New York City. This particular butcher shop catered to famous politicians and actors. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W09

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Cecil Hyndman (1:19), “The Bird Man of Canada,” and owner of Featherlands, a bird sanctuary in Victoria, British Columbia. The second interview is with Hans Seyle (16:26), a Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist and international expert on stress. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W10

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Dr. Heinz Lehman (1:21), a psychiatrist in Montreal, Quebec followed by an interview with Canon George Earl (13:27) in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Lastly, Wicks interviews the band members of Clyde Rose and the Breakwater Boys (21:38) in a park in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The band plays a song as part of the show. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W11

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Bernie Finklestein (2:30) a talent manager for Canadian musicians such as Bruce Cockburn and Dan Hill. The interview takes place in a recording studio with Finklestein and Murray McLaughlin in Toronto, Ontario. The second interview is with Bernie Finkelstein with concert clips of Dan Hill performing, and finally, an interview with Dan Hill (14:50). Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W12

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews a tree chopping champion (2:55) at the All Sooke Day Lumberjack Festival in Sooke, British Columbia. The second interview takes place on a plane with a pilot (16:22) that flies to the island of Madiera, known for its wine production, off the coast of Protugal. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W15

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Ralph Dickieson (2:08), one of the original owners of the New Glasgow Lobster Suppers restaurant in New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island. The interview is followed by interviews with restaurant goers during a dinner service. The second interview is with Frank Valenza (13:58) from The Palace restaurant in New York City, New York, followed by an interview with staff (21:35) at Nathan’s Hot Dogs in Times Square in New York City. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W17

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Eric MacMillan (3:05), designer of the Children’s Place Playground at Ontario Place, Toronto. The second interview is with actor Michael Caine (15:09), in a pub in California, United States. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W19

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews sculptor Joe Fafard in Pense, Saskatchewan. Fafard talks about Pense and the desire to stay in such a small town as an artist. The second interview takes place with an unidentified man (18:22) flying a radio-controlled glider at the Terrey Pines Glider Park in La Jolla, California. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W20

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Leo Ferrari (2:33), a professor at the University of Fredericton and a member of the Flat World Society, Fredericton, New Brunswick. The second interview is with Bill Boaks (14:01), the self described Unpaid Safety Minister who rides a bike outfitted with cameras around London, England, looking to capture traffic offences. Finally, an interview with Ted Baxter, a character from the Mary Tyler Moore show. The interview is conducted in character by Ted Knight (20:38), the actor who played Ted Baxter in the show. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W22

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Tim Topham (1:06), a young entrepreneur at 20 years old and one owner of the Canadian Skateboard Shop in Toronto, Ontario. The second interview with with Karen Magnussen (14:54), Canadian Olympic medal winner and World Champion figure skater, followed by a skating lesson on the ice. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W23

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Harry Trafford (1:51), a bush expert, who provides a tutorial on starting a fire in the forest outside of Regina, Saskatchewan. The second interview is with an unidentified man (15:20) that has been taking pictures on Westminster Bridge, London, for over 60 years. He purchased his camera in 1910 and for a fee, took pictures of people as they walked by. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W35

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Jose Lopez Portillo (2:30), President of Mexico, at his home in Mexico City. President Portillo drew caricatures and Wicks brought two drawing boards to the interview. The two men drew caricatures of one another for the duration of the interview which was conducted with a translator. The second interview is with David Crombie (12:50), former mayor of Toronto and at the time of the interview, a member of Joe Clark’s cabinet. Wicks conducted the interview while Crombie was running his daily laps on a rooftop track. Finally, Wicks interviews Ian Walker and Keith Bellows (21:02), authors of “The Canuck Book” first published in 1977, Montreal, Quebec. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W37

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Randy (2:14), a tree climber and lumber jack on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The second interview is with Arnold Palmer (11:30), professional golfer, while in Paris, France for the 1977 Trophee Lancome tournament. The interview takes place at the Eiffel Tower as Palmer drives golf balls off the top of the tower and afterwards in the on-site restaurant. The last clip in this episode is a mock interview with “Colonel Willard” about wealthy, white English speakers leaving the neighbourhood of Westmount, Montreal, because René Lévesque is premier and wants political independence of Quebec. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W38

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Chester Waxman (1:24), an auto scrapyard owner in Hamilton, Ontario, followed by an interview with Ken Slogget (11:37) in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Slogget worked part-time recovering bodies from the whirlpool area at the base of Niagara Falls. Finally, Wicks interviews and has a tennis match with Stan Smith (21:30), an American professional tennis player, world no. 1 player and two-time major singles champion. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W40

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews the owner of M.J. Knoud Saddlery (1:06) (“America’s Best” hunting shop) on Madison Avenue, New York City, followed by clips of a whale watching excursion (8:25) off the coast of San Diego, California. Next Wicks visits a bird sanctuary in Miami, Florida, and finally, interviews Audrey Raymond Scott (19:15) from the Channel Association in Folkestone, England, talking about the channel swimmer Cindy Nicholas, the first woman and youngest person to complete a return crossing of the English Channel. To wrap up this episode, Wicks (26:28) talks about and provides examples of artwork by Canadian artist William Hynes. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W41

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Pauline Phillips (Dear Abby) (1:19) in Beverly Hills, California. Wicks and Dear Abby discuss the success of her articles and how she determines responses to her fans. The second interview is with Dr. Earl P. Farber (10:50), cosmetic surgeon, in Toronto, Ontario. Note: A live breast augmentation surgery is filmed. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W42

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Don Loucks (1:15), the “King of the autograph hunters.” The interview took place in Detroit, Michigan. Finally, Wicks visits a Japanese bath house in Tokyo, Japan, and films the experience (14:26). Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W48

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Buster Crabb (1:00), Hollywood actor, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Finally, Wicks attends a Speakers’ Corner (13:22) afternoon in Hyde Park, London, England, where he intentionally antagonizes the gathering crowd. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W49

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Carol-Ann and Bob McLeod (1:07) at Cold Creek Park in Maple, Ontario. The couple own and operate a husky dog sled team. The second interview is with a milkman named Carl Emms (12:40) in Barrie, Ontario. During the interview Wicks delivers milk to customers. The final clip is a mock interview with a property developer (21:55) that wants to pave over Edwards Gardens in Don Mills, Ontario. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W51

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Roy Bean (0:34), the “Hanging Judge,” dressed in old Western style clothes and discussing laws of the wild west (location unknown). The second interview is with Doane Chalmers (11:26), Musical Director at the Halifax School Board Music Department. Chalmers gives Wicks a ukulele lesson, and the students of one ukulele class provide a performance. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W52

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Rita Saward (1:55), a dance instructor from Prague who taught at the Prague National Company until the Communist takeover forced her to move to Canada. Saward runs a ballet company in Toronto. The second interview is with Virgilio Texeira (16:09), a movie star, in his hometown of Medeira, an island off the coast of Portugal. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W53

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Garry Reich (0:46), chef for the Empress Lily, a Disney cruise ship in Florida, United States. The second interview is with “London Bobby,” (16:24) a musician and actor from London, England, at the Chateau Champlain in Montreal for a British pub night. A traditional beer chug takes place after the interview. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W54

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews and joins in on a performance by Gillian Campbell (1:55), a 1900s English music hall style singer at the Klondike Inn, Whitehorse, Yukon. The second part of this episode finds Wicks in a British Columbia forest searching for Bigfoot. While tramping through the forest, Wicks stumbles upon Jacqueline Dolan (17:00), an Irish harpist and singer, playing her harp. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W55

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Mandrake the Magician (1:14) in Vancouver, British Columbia. The second part to this interview begins at 17:53 after a commercial break and drawing lesson from Wicks. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W56

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Don Harron (1:30), actor, writer, and comic in Whitehorse, Yukon. The second interview is with a man named Joseph (18:24), dressed in women’s clothes and who has been collecting garbage on the same street blocks in Los Angeles for the last 15 years. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W57

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews and watches a performance by Louis Gentile (1:28), Elvis impersonator in Vancouver, British Columbia. The second interview is with “Big” John Hamilton at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas. Hamilton was in the 1960 film “The Alamo” starring John Wayne. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W58

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews chef Jack O’Hare (1:03) at the CP Hotel Flight Kitchen, Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia. The second interview is with Jerry Berns (18:48), operator of the prohibition era 21 Club in New York City, New York. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W59

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Commander Bob Mander (1:11), the Queen’s Harbour Master, Halifax harbour, Nova Scotia. The interview includes a tour of the harbour, the site of the 1917 Halifax explosion. The second interview is with a woman “wheelsman” (16:51) on the cruise ship S.S. Veracruz in an undisclosed location in the Caribbean Sea. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W60

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Stan Herman (1:48), a real estate agent who shows him houses for sale in Beverly Hills, California. The second clip is a mock interview with a property developer (12:21) that intends to pave over Edwards Gardens in Don Mills, Ontario. The final interview is in the Montmartre district of Paris, France, where Wicks interviews a caricature artist and painters. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W61

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Linda [Dutak] (1:31), assistant to the news reporter Jack Webster at the BCTV studio in Burnaby, British Columbia. The second interview is with Jack Webster (13:33) himself at the same studio. Webster is a Scottish born Canadian with his own investigative television show. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W62

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Dr. J.D. Castell (1:02), a scientist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, experimenting with growth glands in lobsters. The second interview is with Kathy and Mickey Bailey (16:37) at a wild game farm near Banff, Alberta. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W63

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews a C.P. Air Captain named Hugh Grasswick (1:08). Together, Wicks and the pilot land a passenger plane in a CP simulator. The second interview is with fashion designer Zandra Rhodes (17:09) at her shop in London, England. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W64

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews a body builder, “Mr. Muscle,” (1:11) with a world record for chest measurement, Montego Bay, Jamaica. The second interview is with Colonel Ian Fraser (8:32), known as the “Tattoo Man.” Col. Fraser is in charge of a military tatoo, a performance of music or display of armed forces in general. There is a video clip from a live military tattoo as part of the interview. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W65

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews two mining prospectors (2:14) that land in a helicopter while he is at the airstrip in Whitehorse, Yukon. The next interviews are with Helen Porter (13:30) to learn more about Newfoundland, and then with former Premier of Newfoundland, Joey Smallwood (13:30) to discuss his role in Confederation for Newfoundland. Finally, Wicks interviews musician Gordon Slater (21:49) who plays the carillon in the Peace Tower at the Parliament Building in Ottawa, Ontario. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W66

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews the artistic director, John Neville (1:23), for Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The next interview is with the captain of the Maid of the Mist (20:19) on route to do a tour at the falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W67

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Paul Drake (1:16), a cocktail pianist in Toronto, Ontario. The second interview is with a group of musicians (17:34) Wicks stumbled upon in a park in Los Angeles, California. Includes and interview and musical performance. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W68

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Gary Wade (1:31), a blacksmith, who demonstrates shoeing a horse during the interview in Orlando, Florida. The second interview is with a mountaineer (17:13) near Banff, Alberta, getting ready to climb Mount Everest. Wicks tries mountain climbing during the interview. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W69

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews David Young (1:28), an ordained spiritualist minister in Vancouver, British Columbia. The second interview is with Peter Cox (20:50), dressed in period costume, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Town Crier at Historic Properties, a National Heritage Site. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W70

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews John Walsh (1:24) while he is making sourdough pancakes at the Sourdough Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon. Next Wicks interviews Monsieur Hitz (12:13), a chef at the Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Quebec. The third interview is with Darryl Sittler (21:38) at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario. Wicks dons goalie equipment and Sittler shoots pucks at the net. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W71

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Dr. Helen Creighton (3:49), a well-known folklorist and historian in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The second interview is backstage with two actors (15:57) from the Spanish language version of My Fair Lady, Mexico City, Mexico. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W72

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Harry Holt (1:35), a Disney Studios animator in Orlando, Florida, who worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Harry gives Wicks a lesson in drawing. The second interview is from a London, England, cab driver named Burt Burns (18:18). Wicks is driven around the city while Burns talks about how he got into the cab business. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W73

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Colleen, a Mountie in Whitehorse, Yukon (1:18). The second interview is with Mr. Blackwell (15:39), a fashion designer in Beverly Hills, California that for 14 years put out the top 10 worst dressed women in the world. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W74

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Alfreda Hobbs (1:14), a phonograph records collector in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The second interview is with the manager of the Camino Real Hotel (14:53) in Mexico City where they discuss visits from Queen Elizabeth and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and family. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W75

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Tom Nabbe (1:27), a former employee at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, who talks about meeting Walk Disney when he first started working at the park. The second interview is with Amy Vanderbilt (16:00), author of “On Etiquette.” Wicks and Vanderbilt discuss appropriate dress for certain social situations. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W76

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Donald Kerr (1:26), a lawyer and ship salvor in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The second interview is with a group of men (15:43) dressed in period costumes of the American West. Wicks learns how to sling guns and how to do a quick draw, San Antonio, Texas. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W77

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Lloyd Ryder (2:55), a bush pilot in Whitehorse, Yukon. They discuss the history of bush pilots and their importance to the development of the north. This is followed by an interview with “Klondike Mike,” (13:00) dressed in Gold Rush period attire at the Klondike Days festival in Edmonton, Alberta. Mike shows Wicks how to pan for gold. Finally, Wicks takes a tour of an $80,000 boat for sale in the hopes of purchasing it. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W78

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Alan Wallace (1:11) considered to be the best window designer in Canada. The interview takes place on Bloor Street, Toronto, Ontario. The second interview is with Rosemary Brown (16:46), a medium in London, England, that connects with the world’s most notable composers like Beethoven and Liszt. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W79

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews two performers (1:05) backstage at the Disney World western style pub after their show, “Hoop te Doo.” The second interview takes place in Calgary, Alberta, during the Calgary Stampede at a park where hundreds of cowboys (16:58) are meeting and playing music. Wicks tries a mechanical horse at the Stampede. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W80

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Phil Ritson, a former golf champion for South Africa turned golf teacher. At the Magnolia Tee in Disney World, Orlando, Florida, Ritson gives Wicks lessons in golf. The second interview is with Michael Caine (17:07), British actor, outside a pub, The Lamb and Flag, in Covent Garden, London, England. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W85

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks travels to Madeira, off the coast of Portugal for several interviews and clips. He interviews Dr. Maul (0:41), an expert on sparta fish found off the coast of Madeira.. Next is a clip of Wicks (10:15) riding in a wicker chair “tobogganing” down a mountainside, two men pushing and steering him down the path. Finally in Madeira, Wicks interviews the owner of the Reid’s Hotel, Adam Blandly (16:09). They discuss the history of Madeira and the hotel. The last interview takes place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, with the cathedral’s architectural sculptor (21:04). Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W86

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews his mother, Nell Wicks (1:22) while she is visiting Canada. She talks about living in London and Wicks as a child. The second interview is with the Lady Mayor of Monmartre (19:03) who was part of the French Resistance during the Second World War. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W87

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Sam Lennarduzzi (1:05), a member of the Toronto Blizzard, a professional soccer club at Exhibition Stadium. The second interview is with a staff member (16:35) at the Royal Mint in Ottawa, Ontario. Finally, Wicks (25:44) floats a barge down the canal in Ottawa, Ontario. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W88

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Merle Richards (1:06), owner of the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. Richards talks about the couples, including some famous, that the church has married. The second interview is with Knowlton Nash (11:52), news anchor for the CBC show The National. The interview took place in Toronto, Ontario. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W92

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews a speech teacher (1:22) who gives him lessons in communication. The interview took place in Toronto, Ontario. The second interview is with Skip Large (13:32), the designer of Thunder Mountain roller coaster at Walt Disney World, Florida. Finally, Wicks interviews Harry Lorraine (22:34), a man in New York City that can remember hundreds of people’s names at one time. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W94

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Nick Saunders (1:22) an engineer in London, England, who has built a cave and a pond among other engineering feats, inside his home. The second interview is with a group of people (1:22) practising shadow boxing or Chinese Kung Fu in a Hong Kong park. The final interview is with Bill Cotterell (23:08), owner of the Beachcomber Tattoo Studio in Toronto, Ontario. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W96

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Bob Arno (1:01), a pick-pocket in Montreal, Quebec. The second interview is with Mrs. Mickleburg (10:20) of St. John, Halifax, who kept a colony of beavers. The final interview is with Ed Asner (21:24), American actor, on the set of his television show Lou Grant. All clips are repeats from previous episodes chosen due to their popularity with fans. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W97

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Cecil Hyndman (0:43), “The Bird Man of Canada,” and owner of Featherlands, a bird sanctuary in Victoria, British Columbia. The second interview is with an unidentified man (13:29) that has been taking pictures on Westminster Bridge, London, for over 60 years. He purchased his camera in 1910 and for a fee, took pictures of people as they walked by. The third interview is with Ted Baxter, a character from the Mary Tyler Moore show. The interview is conducted in character by Ted Knight (22:15), the actor who played Ted Baxter in the show. . All clips are repeats from previous episodes chosen due to their popularity with fans. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks : W98

Video recording of an episode of the Ben Wicks television series. In this episode, Wicks interviews Ingrid Bergman (0:48), actress, in London, England. The second interview is with Karen Magnussen (14:15), Canadian Olympic medal winner and World Champion figure skater, followed by a skating lesson on the ice. The last interview is with Clayton Hands (22:25) of Another Hands Auction in Perth, Ontario. All clips are repeats from previous episodes chosen due to their popularity with fans. Produced by John T. Ross and Associates.

Ben Wicks fonds

  • F0533
  • Fonds
  • 1886-2008, predominant 1956-2000

The fonds consists of material documenting Ben Wicks’s work as a cartoonist, author, public speaker, television personality, humanitarian, and journalist. The records include material related to published books and booklets, original drawings and cartoons, research files, speeches, scrapbooks and clippings, diaries and day planners, published books, and audio recorded oral histories with members of the Jewish diaspora that immigrated to Israel during the 1920s – 1950s. Also included are records pertaining to Ben Wick’s investiture into the Order of Canada and episodes of “Ben Wicks,” an interview format television show that aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) channel in the late seventies, early eighties. 

Wicks, Ben

Ben Wicks I.Can and McDonald’s

Video recording of a description by Ben Wicks about the I.Can website developed with the hope of creating a stronger and more caring Canada by working with children. The website was funded and created by Industry Canada and was aimed at children eight years and up to get involved in and aid neighbourhood and community activities. This version contains reference to what McDonald’s restaurants can do to get involved with children’s literacy.

Ben Wicks read and cook

Video recording of an introduction by Ben Wicks about “Born to Read and Cook,” a print guide distributed to millions of Canadian children to hook them on a love of reading. This guide was published in collaboration with Canadian corporations and is illustrated by Ben Wicks. Dub version.

Ben Wicks television show cue sheets

File contains cue sheets from the ‘Ben Wicks” television show. Some sheets contain job titles and names of individuals being interviewed, and all sheets contain the date when the episode was copied to the videocassette.

Born to read posters

File consists of disc containing transit ad posters for the Sears, Ben Wicks born to read and share online campaign. Files are for English and French posters.

Born to read speech

File consists of speech notes pertaining to the published booklet by Ben Wicks, “Born to Read.”

Business speech

File consists of speech notes pertaining to business practices in the 1990s.

Cancer speech

File consists of speech notes pertaining to the published booklets “Ben Wicks’ so You’ve Got Cancer...” and “Ben Wicks on Ovarian Cancer.” Included are 14 overhead transparencies with drawings.

Cartoon

File consists of one large print cartoon by Wicks. Image of a man sitting in a chair having his shoes shined with the caption “Just what is it you people want, Joe?”

Cartoons

File consists of large published cartoons from Maclean’s magazine, the Daily Mirror, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Cartoons : proofs

File consists of original drawings with captions used as cartoons through the Canada Wide Feature Service Limited.

Cassette 1 : oral history interview

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s. Sides A and B are interviews with Hadassah Braun, Holocaust, Europe, 1948.

Cassette 10 : oral history interview

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s. Side A is an interview with Perez Leshem, Germany, 1925. Side B is an interview with Jona Rosenfeld, Germany, 1933.

Cassette 11 : oral history interview

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s. Side A and part of side B is an interview with Marlin Levin, United States, 1947. The remainder of side B is part one of an interview with Sonya Porat, Germany, 1938.

Cassette 12 : oral history interview

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s. Side A is part two of an interview with Sonja Porat, Germany, 1938. Side B is an interview with Cecile Kahn Kannen, Holland, 1947.

Cassette 13 : oral history interview

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s. Side A is an interview with Werner Braun, Germany, 1946. Side B is an interview with Grete Bloch, Germany, 1925.

Cassette 14 : oral history interview

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s. Side A is an interview with Channa Levi, United States, 1946. Side B is an interview with Simcha Avitsor, Egypt, 1949.

Cassette 15 : oral history interview

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s. Side A is an interview with Liddy Wohl, Germany, 1934.

Cassette 16 : oral history interview

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s. Side A is an interview with Yehuda Ariel, Berlin, 1935. Side B is an interview with Leah Rachmani, Iran (Persia), 1951.

Cassette 17 : oral history interview

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s. Sides A and B are interviews with Rina Aggagin, Iraq, 1951.

Cassette 18 : oral history interview

Item consists of oral history recordings about immigrating and living in Palestine from the 1920s – 1950s. Sides A and B are interviews with David Shenhabi, Czechoslovakia, 1935. Part of Side B contains an interview with Professor Dov Levin, Lithuania, 1945.

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