|Peter Worthington at the Toronto Sun, March of 1978|
A few years ago I worked at a company where Mr. Worthington was a client. The couple of times I dealt directly with him I was analyzing my own reactions based on the fact I was well aware of who he was and, as Salutin talks about in his interesting column, Worthington's defined, or not so much depending on the issue at hand, politics.
Needless to say, politics were not the order of the day in my own interactions with the famous Sun man standing before me, but what surprised me most, as part of my internalizing mentioned earlier, was that Peter Worthington, besides being impeccably dressed, was a real gentleman type; one pleasant fellow who's demenour hardly represented the (often dim) right wing "kind".
Besides, the man, of the old school variety, did his job: He dug for the news and didn't care on which side of the fence he and his 'subject' were standing.
He was one of those rare guys who could earn your respect even if his opinions clashed with your own -- almost everything, in my case, especially on the "CBC" issue. Worthington's regular column at the amateurish and childish Toronto Sun was one of the few that I read on a regular basis there.
So... I guess the question is: What does the Sun have going for it, now? I can't think of anyone, off hand, who could sit in Peter Worthington's vacated chair.
By the way, good eye-opening column, Mr. Salutin.