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The Man Known as D.K. Findlay–David Findlay

The Man Known as D.K. Findlay–David Findlay
David Findlay, one of the Carleton Place clan, famous for the stoves they’ve been manufactured for a century or so. In 1942 he left law for literature. Writing had been paying him for a long time. It kept him, his wife, two boys and two girls very nicely, indeed. I had a hard time finding his work until I realized he went under the name of D.K. Findlay.
“I was at Osgoode Hall when I sent a story to the Canadian Magazine and they paid me $4 for it”, he said.  “And they asked for more. This was wonderful. I kept on writing and I had the great, good luck to tie in with a first class agent in New York Sydney Sanders. He took very real interest in Canadian writers, and was a personal friend of the Saturday Evening Post people and helped me tremendously.”
In 1933, David Findlay made the goal of most short story writers. The Saturday Evening Post accepted and paid him $500 for what he calls a “He and She” story.  He sold many stories to the Post, Colliers, American and Red Book.  He was also at the time in 1958 correcting proofs on “Her Subliminal Mind”, a topical effort that will appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.
He had a year in the British Isles and on the continent after he graduated from University of Toronto. He wheeled his way and through France gave him background for “Search For Amelia”, his first full length novel.  He was in England as a freelance writer with a loose contract with Maclean’s Magazine and he also got around the air fields a lot and that gave me more background for the book. His younger brother, “Jock”, one of the original night ‘fighter pilots of 406 Squadron was killed in 1941.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Sep 1941, Tue  •  Page 4

David held a pilot’s licence and many ideas of love and adventure are borne on the wings of flight. What about habits of work? “I work through the morning from nine to one and I hate to be interrupted”, he said.” I’m not worth a hoot at the typewriter in the afternoon but like to go back in the evenings. It’s absolutely imperative. If you are going to be professional writer, you need to develop habit of work. Why hadn’t more of his stuff appeared in Canadian publications? “Just no market here for short stories”, he said. Macleans is about the only publication that brings out fresh stories and pays good prices. .
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It’s been my experience that the United States magazines have absolutely no prejudice against Canadian writers. And if their stories have a Canadian background they’re quite happy about that? What about the future of the short story? . . “Look at history”, David Findlay said. “Story telling is one of the world’s oldest professions. Stories have been read for four or five hundred years. People have always wanted them and the movies, radio and television clamour for them.”

Three Cheers for Dave Findlay –The Movie


I had posted this video months ago and someone sent it to me this week so I thought we should post it again.



David Findlay

FINDLAY, David Gordon Peacefully on Monday September 13, 2010, at the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital, in his 83rd year. Devoted husband of 59 years of Betty, beloved father of David (Chris Mondor), Janet (David Hunter), Stephen (Carol-Ina Trudel), Allison and Dolora, proud grandfather of Tracey, Shawn, Joshua, Stephanie, Kaitlin and Lucas. Great-grandfather of 7. Survived by sisters Leigh and Sheila, brothers Michael and Timothy, many cousins, nieces and nephews, and special friends Jeremy and John & Sue Edwards and family. Friends may call at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Ave., Carleton Place on Thursday September 16, 2010 for visitation only from 6 to 8 pm. Private burial. Please join us also on Friday September 17, 2010 at the Carleton Place Canoe Club from 4 to 6 pm to celebrate Dave, with a Commodore’s Salute at 5 pm. At Dave’s request no ties please! A special thanks to the staff at the Ottawa Civic and Carleton Place Hospitals for their kindness and compassion. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Carleton Place Canoe Club or the Carleton Place Victoria School Museum, c/o the Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Society. www.barkerfh.com



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