Barris joins Fred Hacker in Midland, Ontario, celebration of Great Escaper Tommy Thompson

GREAT_ESCAPE_JACKET_FINAL_FRONT_EOn Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, the popular Midland (Ontario) Cultural Centre series “A Day in the Life” will celebrate the life of RCAF airman Alfred Burke Tommy Thompson. Continuing his unique interviewing tradition, Fred Hacker will sit with Tommy Thompson’s son to reflect on his father’s life and times. To add to the festivities, Hacker has invited Ted Barris to join the conversation. Broadcaster, journalist and author Barris will offer perspectives from his brand new bestselling book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Great Escape, (with Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, etc.). But as Ted will demonstrate drawing from his book, the most famous WWII POW breakout was not a story of British heroes and Yankee know-how. The Great Escape was very much a story of Canadian leadership and courage. It’s more exciting than the Hollywood movie. And it’s all true!. As always, he will have copies of his books for sale and autographing.

When: 7:30, Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

Where: Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King St., Midland, Ontario

Contact: Fred Hacker, fhacker@hgrgp.ca

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