O ne of the most entertaining historical works on the shelf!"
- The Kitchener Waterloo Record
T his is Canaian history in manageable enjoyable bites... Author, film producer and newspaper columnist Boulton put this anecdotal book together as a labor of love for Canadian history, and it shows."
- TheSaskatoon Star Phoenix
"Just A Minuteis a treasure house and a delight.... Like a tray of delicious appetizers, these brief snappy sketches introduce dozens of famous and not so famous Canadians of consequence from coast to coast....This book of short tributes to invention, discovery, heroism and creativity will amaze (with what one didn't know) and could start many discussions (or research projects). It also contributes to young peoples' greater awareness of our communal history and our pride in that heritage."
- The Toronto Star
"Marsha Boulton presents the reader with a selection of short stories dealing with little-known events from our country's past. I was particularly intrigued with the story of about Eddie Baker and his part in the creation of the today's Canadian Institute for the Blind. Then there's the story about the "Man of Steel"... And did you relize there wouldn't be all this Raptormania if Almonte, Ontario's James Naismith hadn't tossed a soccer ball into a peach basket a century ago? There's lots more great reading!"
- The Toronto Sun
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From the Back Cover:
From the discovery of dinosaur bones in Alberta to Jacques Plante's invention of the hockey mask and Marshall McLuhan's radical analysis of the media and the modern world, Just a Minute free-wheels through some of the most interesting and human stories of a nation that was named "Kanata" after the Iroquois word for "village."
Did you know that the McIntosh Apple came from one accidental tree? Laura Secord never had a cow. Baseball was being played in Canada a full year before American Abner Doubleday claims to have invented the game. Governor Frontenac came to Quebec City to avoid his French creditors. And did you know that "Truth, Justice and the American Way" was a Canadian invention?
This is a hugely readable, historically correct, and wildly entertaining volume that will leave readers constantly saying to themselves, "I didn't know that!"
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