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The Kind Of Life It's Been Hardcover – Oct 16 2012
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“Robertson describes these watershed moments in his life andcareer with remarkable candour and in an easy, informal style like that which he brought to the nightly news.” —WINNIPEG FREE PRESS--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
As chief anchor and senior editor of CTV News, LLOYD ROBERTSON was the leader of the country's most-watched newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson. One of the most accomplished journalists in North America, Robertson joined CTV in 1976 and has been broadcasting for more than fifty years.
Top Customer Reviews
HarperCollins Publishers|October 16, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-44340-861-5
For sixty years, Lloyd Robertson lived his dream of working in broadcasting bringing us the major events of the day. The longest-serving TV news anchor in Canadian history, first on CBC and then on CTV, Robertson remains one of the most accomplished journalists of our time. His career is truly the story of Canada over the past half century, as he told us about key events like the moon landing, JFK's assassination, Trudeaumania, Terry Fox's run, the Montreal Massacre, 9/11, and the royal weddings.
In The Kind of Life It's Been, Robertson shares the inside story and the insights he has gained over his long career, from breaking into the business in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, to joining the CBC to his highly public departure for CTV to his career as senior editor of CTV News. Filled with fascinating and often hilarious anecdotes about Robertson's career, this book captures the essential tales of our time and is a must for any Canadian interested in the inner workings of a frenetic newsroom.
Who doesn't love Lloyd Robertson? Lloyd's memoir will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied as if you've just sat down and finished a long, well-deserved homemade turkey dinner. No one has been in broadcasting as long as our dear Lloyd and he has the credentials to prove it.
I was somewhat surprised to learn of his mother's problems and his father's older age, he certainly didn't have much of a childhood and I felt he was lonely a lot of the time but always managed to find himself something to do. He was self-motivated from the word go and it's not at all surprising he became so very successful.
The Kind of Life It's Been is a riveting story about a man who truly is Canada's voice! Lloyd is a man who is not only known and loved in Canada, but around the world!
Reading other reviews I see references to what some have called "name dropping" and to the mentioning of various people who are part now, or have been in the past, of the news and journalism circles. I would have to say that this is hardly unexpected, and for anyone who has actively followed the news itself (not just the profession) over the decades none of the names are unknown. It is to be expected that such references would appear, and it is surprising that some readers would find this odd and/or annoying.
While one might have hoped for a bit more content with regard some of the more renowned and monumental news stories of the years, many if not most of which were covered by Robertson, that isn't really the focus of the book. Perhaps another volume will be forthcoming that addresses specifically the "big news events" of the last fifty years, and Mr. Robertson's personal coverage and view of those.
Where the focus does go – to his personal life (at least to some extent); to his career development and progress; and to the intra-political manoeuvrings of the world of broadcast journalism – is interesting and provides a view of the side of Mr. Robertson’s world that would not normally be seen.
He should be applauded for raising the important point of mental health, and while more comments on that would have been welcome, we have to remember that this is his personal life on a level that is very private, and he also has other family members to consider when raising this sort of point.Read more ›
a wonderful man - an interesting life - Miss you Lloyd.
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Most recent customer reviews
Great read. Gave me insight into the Gentleman Broadcaster of CanadaPublished 21 months ago by Shaun Courtney
mediocre at best just not enough meat here. mr. Roberson has seen some of the most tumultuous times from a point of view the rest of us can only dream of and he doesn't really... Read morePublished on June 27 2014 by Roger Nadeau
Lloyd's account has an air of honesty. Gives the unpleasant with the more pleasing parts of his life's story. At times the details tend to bore, and a few parts I skipped over. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2013 by Garry Bennett
Very interesting book with the same personal style and mannerism that Canadians have grown to respect from Lloyd Robertson. Read morePublished on June 7 2013 by Sparky55
I bought this for my mom! She absolutely loved it! It was very well written, and the pics in the middle were a bonus!Published on May 21 2013 by whalefan444