Mother's Day

July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 2:04 PM EDT

By Keith Radford

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July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 2:04 PM EDT

Since it is Mother's Day, I think it is appropriate to just say a word or two about my mother. She's 88 now and lives in a nursing home in suburban Toronto. I drove up there yesterday and took her out to dinner.

She doesn't really eat very much anymore, so it probably wasn't a good idea to take her to the "all you can eat" Imperial Palace Buffet. She had a few sips of her soup and finished it off with a lemon tart.
Anyway, if it weren't for my mother I could very well be in another business. When I was a teenager she dragged me down to the local radio station and pretty much brow-beat the manager into giving me a job.

I didn't have the nerve she did. She thought nothing of telling the man what a mistake it would be if he didn't hire me, because I had always wanted to be a disc-jockey. To make a long story short, I never did get to be a disc-jockey, but was hired as a fill-in TV cameraman on the Bozo the Clown Show. Some years later I made the move to on-air, after doing just about every technical job you could do in a radio and TV station.

So, thanks to my mother, I found my calling, and 40 years later I'm still doing it. I guess I must like it!

Thanks, Mom!