Zolf, Larry, 1934-2011

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Zolf, Larry, 1934-2011

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Larry Zolf, journalist and writer, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 19 July 1934. He received a B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1956, and studied for a year at Osgoode Hall Law School before starting work on a graduate degree in history at the University of Toronto, where he wrote a thesis on the liberalism of Premier Mitch Hepburn. He began his career as a writer, news and current affairs reporter, producer and consultant for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1962, and was one of the hosts of its current affairs program, "This hour has seven days," during the 1960s. He wrote several books including "Dance of the dialectic" (1973), "Just watch me : remembering Pierre Trudeau" (1984), "Survival of the fattest : an irreverent view of the Senate" (1985), "Scorpions for sale" (1989; shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour), "Zolf" (1999), and "The Dialectical dancer : a simple tale" (2010). Zolf's documentary on the role of computers replacing workers in the 1965 strike of the International Typographers Union won the Anik Award in 1965, and was rebroadcast as one of the 100 best documentaries at the National Film Board's 50th birthday celebration. He was a film critic for "Maclean's magazine," a lecturer at Carleton University, a member of the Queen's Park Legislative Press Gallery and won several awards for his writing. He wrote an online column, "Inside Zolf," for the CBC from 1997 until 2007, as well as occasional columns for "The National post." Larry Zolf died in Toronto on 14 March 2011.


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