Fonds AM1514 - Jack Wasserman fonds

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Jack Wasserman fonds

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  • [1929]-1977; predominant 1954-1977 (Creation)
    Jack Wasserman

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  • 2.5 m of textual records
  • approx. 200 photographs

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Jack Wasserman (1927-1977) was a nightlife and celebrity columnist for the Vancouver Sun. He was born on February 17, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to Vancouver with his parents in 1935. He graduated from King Edward High School in 1945 and attended law school at the University of British Columbia in 1949 until he left to take a reporter's job with the Ubyssey. He was hired in 1949 by the Vancouver Sun as a reporter, but soon became a regular columnist with his "After Dark" column in 1952, his "About Now" column in 1954, and his "Jack Wasserman" column circa 1959 that continued until his death. Wasserman also had a talk-radio show on CJOR in 1969, a show called Wasserman's World on CKNW in 1970, and hosted CBC TV's Hourglass in 1972. Jack Wasserman died of a heart attack at age 50 while speaking at the Hotel Vancouver during a roast for Gordon Gibson Sr. on April 7, 1977.

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Fonds consists of records created by Jack Wasserman during the course of his journalism career at the Vancouver Sun and personal records created during and before that time. Consists of four series: Clippings, comprised of Jack Wasserman's columns and clippings scrapbooks; Columns index, comprised of cross-references for Wasserman's columns 1969-1977; Personal files, comprised of business and personal correspondence and miscellaneous documents; and Photographs, gathered for personal and business purposes.

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Photographs described in 2008 are numbered sequentially with the prefix CVA1514. Photographs and items described after this are numbered sequentially with the prefix 2008-008.

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