Had Pierre Francis de Marigny Berton been born in 1930 instead of 1920, he likely would have had his own website, and written it all himself. As it is, we are left to work with others’ perceptions and summaries of the man.
Journalist, historian, media personality. – The Canadian Encyclopedia
Canadian icon and iconoclast. – CBC Digital Archives
One of Canada’s best known writers. – The Canadian Encyclopedia
Serious popularizer of Canadian history. – The Canadian Encyclopedia
. . . an anecdotalist, or storyteller, who emphasized the human dimension,
while often overlooking the scholarship. –
Historian C.P. Stacey (1980), quoted in Wikipedia
To me he was a Front Page Challenger and the first person I ever saw wearing a bow tie.
The top five things I learned about Pierre Berton just by looking:
- He was a committed Boy Scout.
- He trained to do intelligence work during WWII.
- He wrote and published 50 books (50!).
- He won more than 30 literary awards (30!).
- He had six children (6!), and gave all of them names starting with “P” – Peter, Patricia, Peggy, Penny, Pamela, Paul.
At age 84, he did a “How to roll a joint” segment on the Rick Mercer Report, based on what was, apparently, 40 years of recreational marijuana use.