Bob’s brand of hard-hitting journalism has elevated Dateline NBC, CBS News and the CBC. In fact, the hard-hitting got literal during an interview for The Fifth Estate. When McKeown confronted Wild Kingdom host Marlin Perkins about animal cruelty in making the popular wild life program, the TV host asked that the cameras be turned off, then promptly punched McKeown in the face.
Before Perkins found his way to becoming host of the award winning show Wild Kingdom, he worked for many years as a zoologist. In 1960, Perkins set out to the Himalayas on an expedition to find the Abominable Snowman. He was accompanied by famed mountaineer, Edmund Hillary.
Sir Edmund Hillary
New Zealander Edmund Hillary is credit to be the first man to reach the top of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. However, for decades rumours soared that Hillary’s shirpa Tenzing Norgay had actually reached there first. The climbing team attempted to defuse strong nationalist sentiments surrounding the conquest by insisting that they had both scaled the summit at the same very moment. Only after Norgay’s death Hillary had to admit:
I got tired of people saying Tenzing had got to the top first.
There is only one summit-top photo from the May 29, 1953 Mount Everest expedition, and that’s of the Nepalese born Tenzing Norgay with his ice axe. Norgay had never operated a camera, so Hillary acted as the photographer—selfies didn’t exist back then. After having successfully returned from the peak, Life photographer James Burke captured Norgay upon his return from the climb.
Life photographer James Burke was born in Shanghai in 1915 to missionary parents. He was fluent in Mandarin, and his illustrious career led him to photograph widely throughout China, India, and Africa. Some of his best known photos are of a burgeoning artist’s community living on the Greek island of Hydra – one subject was the then unknown Canadian poet Leonard Cohen.
Now in his 80’s, this Montreal born novelist, poet and singer-songwriter is still touring with his band, and offering 3 hour performances to his adoring fans! Cohen began moving away from novels and poetry in his 30’s, predicting there might be more money to be made in songwriting. Although his record company had no interest in releasing it, Cohen’s song has been covered over 300 times and made Rolling Stone’s list of
500 Greatest Songs of All Time.