Wednesday, 12 September 2007

This Day in LWOT History...

September 12, 1959

The eponymous television show Bonanza debuts to mediocre ratings. Two months later, after a brief mention in the back pages of LWOT Magazine's Television Fantacular, viewership would soar, propelling the series, and the career of Canadian actor Lorne Greene, to legendary heights.

Known as the "LWOT Bump", this phenomeon was first documented in the 1930 federal election, when an LWOT cover featuring George Ross painting a portrait of R. B. Bennett caused a national sensation, leading Bennett and his conservatives to a landslide victory with 134 seats.

The "LWOT Bump" has also shaped many other facets of Canadian culture, including the drafting of Mark Messier by the Edmonton Oilers, the brief surge in popularity of pop singer Mitsou, the elections of Ralph Klein, Frank McKenna, and Ed Broadbent, as well as Guy Vanderhaege's 1982 Governor General's Award and the Toronto Blue Jay's mid-season acquisition of Rance Mulinicks.

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