Yesterday in this space, I informed you of the passing of Ralph Platner, the legendary programme hawker at sporting events and concerts for half a century. Your outpouring of emotion was truly overwhelming. Over 22 thousand people read yesterday's article, and hundreds of you commented on your encounters with Ralph. Here are the funeral arrangements and a sampling of testimonials from those whose lives were touched by Ralph.
He was known to most as "Ralph the Programme Guy". If you ever attended a sporting event in Toronto, you know who I'm talking about. He was at nearly every game. He was a fixture selling programmes at Jays games for years. Ditto for the Leafs, Raptors, Argos and thousands of concerts, from The Beatles in 1964 to Black Eyed Peas last year. If it was a big event, Ralph was there. And now, he's dead at the age of 67.
When you spend 5.2 billion dollars for the rights to telecast NHL games in Canada, you'd better get some bang for your buck. The other day, Sportsnet unveiled it's brand new state-of-the-art studio. Today we found out which new programs they'll feature to complement their hockey telecasts.
Just 93 more days until Christmas, but more importantly, only 15 days remaining until the start of the NHL season. Which day has more significance? it depends on who you ask. The folks at Rogers Communications will tell you that October 8th should be a National Holiday, celebrating the two most important things in Canada: Hockey and Television.