1979. (A very young)
Sue Brophey is production assistant on a weekly CFTO-TV
newsmagazine program called Hourlong. Her job is to
make sure that Hourlong is, in fact, an “hour
long”. Week after week, stop-watch in hand, she
times the show segments, does her mental math, smiles
at the producer and assures him, “You’re
4 seconds heavy … 3 seconds short… no worry,
we’ll add it to the credits.” Then one week,
just minutes to air, a suddenly aging Sue Brophey, without
the smile, looks at the producer: “You’re
seven minutes short!!!!” Impossible. Check the
batteries, get the fire-hose. Re-boot the stop-watch.
Seven minutes…! Cue the Hourlong theme, the show
starts. How we filled those seven program minutes is
a secret. But we did it. And I’ve always thought
the now famous Sue Brophey owes me seven minutes. Anyone
timed “Canadian Idol” lately?
(from a sworn
affidavit by John Darroch)
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