If you are unfamiliar with the photo at left, you will surely recognize the distinctive voice that hosted Basic Black from 1983 to 2003 on CBC radio. According to his webpage, Arthur Black “guarantees belly laughs or your money refunded” so….get ready for a side-splitting meeting.
Weird Houses and Weird Wheels, on the Life TV Network, followed his long-running radio program (the former winning a Golden Globe award and a Gemini nomination). Not wanting to leave radio altogether, he still contributes a bi-weekly essay (based on his adventures on Salt Spring Island) to CBC’s Points West.
In his ‘spare’ time, Arthur has authored 16 books, three of which won the humorists’ coveted Stephen Leacock Medal, he writes a weekly humour column syndicated in over 50 Canadian newspapers as well as a monthly column in Zoomer.
A promotional piece on the CBC website suggests that Arthur “…was born in Toronto in 1943 and reborn in 1995 when he came to his senses and moved to Saltspring”. The island and its environs have provided him with fodder for his humour and members were blessed with a good deal of this on Wednesday, November 7th, just prior to the AGM.