Memories of “The Beachcombers” Lives on In Christened Vessel

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

It seems like only yesterday log salvagers Relic (Robert Clothier) and Nick Adonidas (Bruno Gerussi) were at odds with each other every Sunday night on the Canadian television series The Beachcombers. Relic would try to steal floating logs (and business) from Adonidas while using his speedboat “Hi Baller” to run circles around Adonidas’ slower moving tug “The Persephone”. But those Sunday nights are gone and while both actors are now deceased the memories of the characters they played are kept alive by fans, fans like the owners of HiBaller Transportation.

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The Man Behind the Cigarette, William B. Davis

Where There's Smoke cover hi res

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

presenting at
Institute of the Arts
210 – 112 East 3rd Ave
Vancouver, BC

Sunday, November 15th at 7pm

William B. Davis is not just the Cigarette-Smoking Man (CSM) from FOX TV‘s cult hit, The X-Files (due to return in a mini-series next year). He is a well-respected veteran of the Canadian theatre scene. He directed A Man for All Seasons for United Players of Vancouver and he has plans for new productions. Anyone who has followed his career may recall his work with Sherlock Holmes, Stuff Happens, and The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.

But for those more familiar with his work in X-files, he can’t say too much about what’s to come. The cigarette smoking man is back, for a very enigmatic character, the man behind the veil of smoke is a gentle soul. His life prior to X-Files is written in the aptly named memoir, Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.

This book looks at his life from his youth to getting the role as the CSM (with some thoughts on the production) to a chapter that deals with life after the series. The book was published in 2011, and its information is still relevant today; It very nicely details how Canadian theatre evolved. Davis’ involvement is huge. He also recaps what X-Files is all about. If fans want a quick way to get up to speed before the new series, this book does the job.

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