Life Stories

Posted throughout this site you’ll find excerpts of memorable life stories that have engaged my attention as a journalist and historian over the past 20 years. One-click history at your fingertips!

For $3.99 per story!

In digital format

All my own work

All my own work

Listed below are the individuals profiled so far. Click on a name to view the excerpt. The full story will range from 1,000 to 3,800 words in length:

  • B
  • John Brownlee: The premier brought down by Alberta’s first major political sex scandal
  • C
  • Victoria Belcourt Callihoo: From buffalo hunter to folk historian during a life that lasted 104 years
  • D
  • George DuPre: The bogus Second World War spy who fooled thousands with his lies about his wartime exploits
  • E
  • Bob Edwards: The booze-loving newspaper editor who broke all the accepted rules of journalism by running gossip and satirical commentary instead of news
  • G
  • Leonard Gaetz: The homesteading Methodist minister who built the town of Red Deer in the grasslands of Central Alberta
  • L
  • Florence Lassandro: The bootlegger’s moll who shot a policeman to death and thus became the only woman ever to be hanged in Alberta
  • Sir James Lougheed: The Toronto lawyer who followed the CPR westward and made a real estate fortune in Calgary
  • P
  • Kathleen Parlow: The violin virtuoso who quit international touring because she couldn’t make the same money as a man
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  • Henry Marshall Tory: From Methodist minister to building such enduring Canadian institutions as the University of Alberta and the National Research Council
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  • Henry Wise Wood: The farm leader who rejected the opportunity to become premier of Alberta

Some of these stories are brand new, never published before. Others are revised and updated profiles of individuals I first wrote about in my books. Others I first wrote about in magazines. Many of those original stories, and the publications in which they appeared, are now out of print or hard to find. All deal with the circumstances that brought the profiled individuals to the points in their lives where they became destined for either fame or infamy.

In some instances, the journey will have brought a person from one country to another.  In other cases, it will have entailed moving from within one part of a country to another. Or it may have meant simply leaving one particular sphere of endeavour to try something new. Each one is “the story that brought me here.” Each one is the story of how one person set out to make a difference, whether in a positive or negative way.

I have adopted the iTunes © model for selling these stories. If a particular excerpt whets your appetite for more, you can have the full story delivered to your inbox for $3.99. Just click on the “Buy Now” button at the end of the excerpt and I will send the story to you digitally as a PDF file. If you prefer to receive it as an ePub (iPad) or Mobi (Kindle) file, I can send it to you in those formats as well. And if you enjoy the story, you’re welcome to share it with friends for no extra charge. If you’re disappointed, I’ll send you a full refund, no questions asked. Check back often to see whom else I’ve added to the collection. Or, easier yet, click on the Subscribe button at the top right of this page and the updates will be emailed to you automatically. Enjoy!