Waking Up The Underwriters

During the 72 series, I was fortunate enough right out of Ryerson to land a media position at Manulife in Toronto. At that time they had installed an internal television studio to produce training videos. I was the newest and youngest of the crew. Being an avid hockey fan, I actually went to a number of the Leaf games at the old Maple Leaf Gardens on Carleton Street. It was the Ballard era so enough said about that! During the 72 series, we decided that if we could get the TV signal into the studio, we could ” quietly” let a number of our buddies come down and view it. After much experimentation, remember this was before cable, we finally managed to get the signal in. So, last game, the studio was packed. Now you have to remember that Manulife at that time was a fairly staid place. So, keeping the volume down in the studio was a challenge. Well, all that went right out the window when Paul scored the winning goal. I expect the screams were heard on the 10th floor of our building, amazing since our studio was on the ground floor. Needless to say, we did get a visit from both security and a few higher ups! Thank God they were also hockey fans! Their only complaint was that they weren’t invited to the party! Plus I kept my job!

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