Remembering the Littlest Hobo

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I would say that The Littlest Hobo was an enormous part of our Canadian television heritage and it arguably had one of the best TV theme songs ever. It was a prime example of Canadian television done right. Airing for six years in 80 countries, it then went on to live a full life in weekend morning re-runs on CTV, its parent home, until 2013.

One episode helped propel a Canadian actor to stardom. The episode encouraged a paraplegic boy to enter a Frisbee-throwing contest to the dismay of the youth’s overly-protective widowed father, who hates dogs because his driving at excessive speed and swerving to avoid a stray dog led to the car crash which killed his wife and left his son paralyzed. When Hobo saves the boy’s life, the father finally sees the light. Who was the actor in this episode?  It was a young Mike Myers, as the paralyzed boy’s friend, Tommy.

 

Watch: Teenage Mike Myers on The Littlest Hobo

 

There was also a young man from Renfrew who appeared in the show also. John Ferguson, who was in a slew of Canadian movies, including David Cronenberg’s 1979 film The Brood. He had also been bellhop at Toronto’s iconic Royal York Hotel. Does anyone know anymore about him? I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t like The Littlest Hobo– it’s like people not liking firemen.

 

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Photo from Heart & Soul —Any memories of John Ferguson?

 

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Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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