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Memorable Manitobans: Larry Zolf (1934-2011)

Journalist, writer.

Born at Winnipeg on 19 July 1934, son of Falek Zolf and Freda Rachel Zolf (c1896-1968), he earned a BA degree from United College and studied history and law at the University of Toronto. While in university at Toronto, he performed stand-up comedy routines in Yorkville nightclubs. His humour was legendary and his sarcasm often bordered on shocking.

In 1962, he starting working at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and was a writer, reporter, host, producer, columnist, and consultant for the network until 2007. He helped to create its controversial current affairs show This Hour Has Seven Days where he gained a reputation for his on-air opinions. His documentary about computers, named one of the 100 best documentaries by the National Film Board, received an Anik Award (1965). He was also a film critic for Maclean's Magazine, a columnist for the National Post, and a lecturer at Carleton University. He wrote many books, including Dance of the Dialectic (1973), Survival of the Fattest (1984), Just Watch Me: Remembering Pierre Trudeau (1984), Scorpions for Sale (1989), and The Dialectical Dancer: A Simple Tale (2010).

He died at Toronto, Ontario on 14 March 2011 and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Sources:

“Veteran journalist helped create This House TV show,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 March 2011, page 34.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Jim Ingebrigtsen.

Page revised: 16 June 2022

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