Straight pub­lisher Dan Mcleod will get a star on Granville as a mem­ber of the B.C. En­ter­tain­ment Hall of Fame.

The Georgia Straight - - NEWS - by Char­lie Smith

The pub­lisher and co­founder of the Ge­or­gia Straight, Dan Mcleod, will soon re­ceive his own star on the Walk of Fame side­walk along Granville Street. This is one of the hon­ours as­so­ci­ated with his elec­tion to the B.C. En­ter­tain­ment Hall of Fame.

On Novem­ber 18, Mcleod and opera singers Ben Hepp­ner and Nancy Her­mis­ton were in­ducted in a cer­e­mony filled with mu­sic at the Old Au­di­to­rium on UBC’S Point Grey cam­pus. One of the high­lights was Hepp­ner’s lively per­for­mance of “Haben Sie Ge­hört das Deutsche Band?”, ac­com­pa­nied by UBC ses­sional lec­turer David Boothroyd on the pi­ano.

Be­fore Mcleod went on-stage to re­ceive his B.C. En­ter­tain­ment Hall of Fame pin, arts pro­ducer Bill All­man told the au­di­ence that the Straight “has played a crit­i­cal role in forg­ing a thriv­ing arts and cul­ture com­mu­nity in Van­cou­ver”.

“Through its com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age of the­atre, mu­sic, dance, com­edy, film, vis­ual arts, and mul­ti­me­dia, Dan Mcleod’s vi­sion has ad­vanced Van­cou­ver’s cre­ative econ­omy and helped count­less ris­ing artists and cre­ators come to the at­ten­tion of one an­other, as well as to read­ers, to au­di­ences, and to fund­ing agen­cies,” he said.

Mcleod co­founded the news­pa­per in 1967 in the bar of the old Ce­cil Ho­tel with artists Michael Mor­ris and Glenn Lewis. They called it the Ge­or­gia Straight be­cause ra­dio broad­cast­ers in that era used to reg­u­larly of­fer ma­rine fore­casts for the body of wa­ter known as the Ge­or­gia Strait. The trio fig­ured that the name would elicit free public­ity.

On Thurs­day (Novem­ber 22), Mcleod’s name, along with a star, will be em­bed­ded in the con­crete on Granville not far from where the pa­per was chris­tened. He told the au­di­ence at the Old Au­di­to­rium that it was nice to be back on the Point Grey cam­pus, where he stud­ied math­e­mat­ics.

“When I first came to UBC, in my first year, I was in­tent on be­ing a nu­clear en­gi­neer or a nu­clear physi­cist,” Mcleod re­vealed. “That am­bi­tion soon went side­ways be­cause I was as­signed Ge­orge Bow­er­ing as my first-year English teacher. He went on to be­come Canada’s [par­lia­men­tary] poet lau­re­ate many years later.”

Mcleod started writ­ing for a po­etry pub­li­ca­tion called Tish, which was co­founded by Bow­er­ing. In those years, cel­e­brated po­ets such as Allen Gins­berg and Charles Ol­son vis­ited UBC.

“I think some of the best po­ets are or­a­tors,” Mcleod said. “That’s what I would have liked to do, but I don’t see my­self as that.…i think rather than be­ing an or­a­tor, the next best thing I could do was to give a voice to other or­a­tors—be they un­der­rep­re­sented or didn’t have a voice.”

This, he added, was the spirit that drove the found­ing of the Straight.g

Dan Mcleod is a big pro­moter of the arts.

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