ABOUT JOHN CHUCKMAN   1 comment

ME APPROXIMATELY: THE DECLINE IS SO RAPID NOW

ME APPROXIMATELY: THE DECLINE IS SO RAPID NOW

John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. John regards it as a badge of honor to have left the United States as a poor young man from the South Side of Chicago when the country embarked on the pointless murder of something like 3 million Vietnamese in their own land because they embraced the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling “the peaceable kingdom.”

John’s writing appears regularly on many Internet sites. He has been translated into at least ten languages and has been regularly translated into Italian and Spanish. Several of his essays have been published in book collections, including two college texts. He has published a book, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, published by Constable and Robinson, London. John also writes book reviews.

Apart from his writing since retiring from the oil industry, John has taught university courses in economics, done a good deal of private tutoring, served as a professional newspaper restaurant reviewer (he likes cooking), followed his favorite hobby of photography, and created a popular family of image blogs on the Internet.

John may be reached directly at:  formersouthsideboy@gmail.com

 

SOME INTERNET SITES FROM JOHN CHUCKMAN:

 

CHUCKMAN’S PORT STANLEY

http://chuckmanportstanley.wordpress.com/

CHUCKMAN’S MONTREAL

http://chuckmanmontreal.wordpress.com/

CHUCKMAN’S ILES DE LA MADELEINE (MAGDALEN ISLANDS)

http://chuckmanmagdalenislands.wordpress.com/page/19/

CHUCKMAN’S GODERICH

http://chuckmangoderich.wordpress.com/

CHUCKMAN PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: CHICAGO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABLIA (SELECTED           POSTCARDS AND RESTAURANT ITEMS)

http://chuckmanchicagonostalgia.wordpress.com/

CHUCKMAN’S PLACES ON WORDPRESS

http://chuckmanplaces.wordpress.com/

CHUCKMAN’S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: TORONTO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABLIA

https://chuckmantorontonostalgia.wordpress.com/

CHUCKMAN’ S NON-SPORTS TRADING CARDS OF THE 1950s VOL.1/4

http://chuckmannon-sporttradingcards1950s.blogspot.com

CHUCKMAN’S ROBOTS

http://chuckmanrobots.blogspot.com/

CHUCKMAN’S ART

http://chuckmanart.blogspot.com/

CHUCKMAN’S GALLERY OF GROTESQUES

http://chuckmangrotesques.blogspot.com/

CHUCKMAN’S CARTOON COMMENTS

http://chuckmancartoons.blogspot.com/

CHUCKMAN’S MISCELLANEA OF WORDS

http://chuckmanmiscellanea.blogspot.com

CHUCKMAN’S COMMENTS FROM THE WORLD PRESS

http://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/

CHUCKMAN’S POLITICAL ESSAYS

http://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Posted July 10, 2010 by JOHN CHUCKMAN

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  1. Dear John-

    Please forgive the rambling message that is sure to follow. I was born and raised in Toronto in the 1940’s and ’50’s. I found your website, CHUCKMAN’S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: TORONTO NOSTALGIA, quite by accident, and was captivated by the postcard collection of Toronto’s past. Many thanks for making these available.

    I am a bit of a nostalgia nut myself, and my wife says I am obsessed with the past, especially the history and geography of Toronto.. It appears you went from the US to Canada about the same time I made the trek (to go to school in San Francisco) in the opposite direction. I think our political views are very closely alligned….

    I have been living in the US now since the mid-60’s, but grew up in Toronto, in the shadows of the U of T (from which I later graduated- two degrees in the 1960’s). However, my childhood home, on the dead-end section of Classic Ave, East of Huron Street, was demolished in the mid 1950’s to make room for the Sidney Smith Building. As it happens, I don’t even have any pictures of that area, and the neighbo(u)rhood has completely changed in the last 40 years.

    However, I did find a postcard of the “Harbord Apartments” (that’s what we called it) from the 1940’s in your collection. It was about 2 blocks from my home, on the south side of Harbord St. at St George St., and many of the kids I played with lived in that complex. That building has been gone since probably the late 50’s, again to make room for a U of T facility. Sounds like I am harboring animosity against the U of T, but I am not!

    I have lost all meaningful connection with my homestead and the surrounding area in the Toronto of the late 40’s early 50’s. Most of this has changed (read–“been torn down or seriously renovated”).

    I have scoured Toronto Archives, but have not been very successful in finding many photos of that part of the city. I don’t know if you have any photos or postcards of the old digs in the area close to Harbord and Huron, or from the Huron Street School area north of Lowther Ave (on Huron Street in the “Annex”), but if you do, please let me know! I have one picture of my backyard on Classic Ave, but that is it. I guess I am getting a bit senile, but seeing some pix of those places would been great fun.

    A bit of historical trivia- in the ’40’s, there was a Canadian Youth Hostel facility (in an old brick carriage house) at the east end of dead-end Classic Ave, that was home for a while (while he was at the U of T before going to Waterloo) to a William Thomas Tutte, a Brit-Canadian mathematician who critically contributed to breaking the Lorenz Cipher during the second world war. This had a great effect on ensuring the Allied victory.

    He put a flashlight clamp on my CCM handlebars…..

    With much appreciation, and best wishes,

    Ron Sawchuk

    sawch001@umn.edu

    ________________________

    Hi Ron,

    I much enjoyed your letter communicating the sense of a time and place in Toronto.

    Your anecdote on the CCM installation was delightful.

    I’m sorry I can’t offer you any more material or information than you see on the site.

    I post things as they come along and offer what limited knowledge of them that I have in the captions.

    I would like to post your letter as a comment at the site, if that is okay with you.

    John Chuckman

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