Winnipeg Free Press Newspaper Archives Nov 13 1971, Page 140

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - November 13, 1971, Winnipeg, ManitobaDavid Petersen company president London Ontario. I be never Felt any great need to get said David Petersen at 27 the head of a Large London electronics firm. Philosophically it does t Appeal to me As a state of existence. There Are great human experiences just around the Corner i want to be free to enjoy unlike some who clearly enjoy talking about their work Petersen is a compartmental person who rarely Speaks about the office. A graduate in Law from the University of Toronto he was Arti cling with a Toronto Legal firm two years ago when his father asked him to come Back to London to take Over the company he had founded some years before. He s been richly successful you can have an a hairy life Here. And yet i find i go to the theatre and the Ballet More than i. Did in Toronto which is Good because i Don t want to rot intellectually. Maybe you take advantage of everything that comes to London because it Only happens occasionally whereas in a big City like Toronto you feel you Don t have to Rush because something s always at the moment his biggest excitement is the House he s just bought and renovated. It s that wonderfully Gingerbread gabled yellow Brick so typical of London. That s one of the things i like about this place the people Are really standing up to the land developers who think this would be a Dandy spot for High Rise apart inside he s ripped out most of the Walls installed intriguing hid Den skylights a tiny Sauna off his bathroom an indoor Balcony Over hanging his bedroom reached by a curving Iron staircase which he plans to use As a study. But the House on Princess Street is not a Playboy s Bachelor pad. He s horrified at the thought. This is my he says simply. A place where i can just sit and be alone if i want to. I be had a lot of fun fixing it up but All the same if i had to move tomorrow i d sell without a second thought. It s dumb to to it. You can t afford to become emotional about a Corey Keeble curatorial assistant Royal Ontario museum Toronto. It s 9.25 on a Rainy monday morning and Corey Keeble in a belted Cream and Caramel suit wire rimmed banker a steel trap mind glasses is being enthusiastic about Renaissance bronzes. When i got the assignment to work on the bronzes i was t very enthusiastic but i started research ing and gradually they All came alive something flashed and there was this burning interest. What s so interesting about Art re search is that you need every tool available. You can t just know about the Art of the period you Are studying you must also know about its politics theatre dress and now starting his second year As curatorial assistant Keeble who was bom in Manitoba is a graduate of the courtault Institute in Lon Don where he studied the history of dress. It s a fascinating subject and one that has received Little at Tention. You can Date a picture to the year by the clothes the subjects a re tentatively asked about heroes he plunged right in. Of Mozart of course. Because of his ability to express Joy in adversity. He was a True Christian. He wrote the magic flute at the worst period in his life yet it brims Over with vitality. And look at a. A. Milne. He wrote two books which Are Complete state ments on childhood they say everything there is to be said about being a he s an Active Christian although he resents the implication this has in North America. In England christians Are so sane and Loving. Here we re looked upon As Inse cure fanatics screaming about sin. My life is All Over the place really. There Are so Many avenues of approach. That s the 20th Century dilemma really. We re at the Cross roads with so Many ways open to David Haber program director National arts there s probably More to life than the theatre but if there is no one s told David Haber. In his Early 40s, with Over 20 years experience in stage manag ing every kind of theatrical venture from Mahalia Jackson to the Cana Dian National Ballet company he is in the enviable position of having a Job he loves with the authority to do it the Way he pleases. He s genuinely enthusiastic about Canadian Talent and its potential. And because he s been to the us and Back you somehow Don t feel he s just waiting around for someone to offer him a Good Job with a whopping salary South of the Border. Haber is an elegant Man soft spoken with Fine Bones grading hair and an attractive Way of Stab Bing the air with his Finger when he wishes to make a Point. His conversation is studded with anecdotes about the people he s worked with but never never Nasty gossip. He loves to laugh at his passion for organization. When he was general manager of Japan s Takar Azuka dance com Pany on a North american tour he spent six months before the tour learning the language so that he could talk freely with the 50 danc ers All women. When they arrived in Vancou ver from Japan they were so exhausted we took them right to the continued

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