I get tired, physically drained. And I have a limited capacity for social affairs. I spend all day talking to people.
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It's what I do for a living. I don't want to go out after work and talk to people.
I don't like all that milling about at parties. I want to go home. His essays were filigrees of the lightest sort.
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I felt such awe and respect for him. One awful morning in the winter of he did not show up at the studio. We sent a messenger to his apartment. Sir Casimir Gzowski was an aide de camp of Queen Victoria - who knighted him - and briefly acted as the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, when his predecessor died in office. The marriage of Gzowski's parents ended shortly after Gzowski was born, with Harold Gzowski leaving the marriage for a Depression -era vagabond life.
Gzowski and his mother were supported by Harold Gzowski's family, following Harold Gzowski's departure. Gzowski's mother then married Reg Brown, a sales manager of a local textile mill, and the family relocated to Galt, Ontario , in , when Gzowski was five. Gzowski encountered difficulties succeeding in high school in Galt. During the Christmas break in his Grade 11 year, Gzowski reconnected with his father in Toronto, living with him for a short period, before his father encouraged him to attend Ridley College boarding school, in St.
Catharines , Ontario, which Gzowski's father had also attended.
Gzowski's mother died the summer following the commencement of Gzowski's studies at Ridley College. Gzowski attended the University of Toronto but never graduated; he was later awarded 11 honorary degrees. Midway through university, he took time off to work for the Timmins Daily Press. During his last year, —57, at the U of T, he edited the student newspaper The Varsity.
In the spring of , he became city editor of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. In September , he joined the staff of Maclean's magazine.
When he was 28 he became the youngest-ever managing editor of Maclean's. In the s he moved to the Toronto Star and became the last editor of The Star Weekly magazine until it was sold in His first regular radio show was Radio Free Friday, — In he returned to his former morning radio program, which had by now been renamed Morningside , where he remained until He also narrated a few Heritage Minutes.
Throughout most of his life, Gzowski had been a heavy smoker of cigarettes, consuming up to 75 cigarettes per day. In , Gzowski stopped smoking through attending a treatment centre for persons with addictions. A few months following the completion of treatment, Gzowski developed emphysema, following a chest infection.