Back again in the 1970s, when I still left a career at the Mississauga Moments to perform for the Toronto Actual Estate Board, I was tasked with writing a farewell column to audience. A veteran reporter at our competitiveness experienced just published a equivalent column, in which he thanked dozens of outstanding nearby and nationwide politicians and superstars. But I experienced only been working at the Instances for four months and did not have an outstanding checklist of contacts to thank.
So I wrote that I couldn’t thank all people I worked with at the Situations, not simply because I didn’t have the area but mainly because I hadn’t but learned all their names. To make enjoyable of the other columnist’s title-dropping, I thanked Mick Jagger and Margaret Trudeau, simply because “as considerably as I know, they have in no way said a undesirable issue about me.”
Nicely, now it’s time to say goodbye to REM’s viewers and the shoe is on the other foot. The checklist of men and women I’d like to thank is also lengthy to include things like anyone who aided me form the editorial material of REM for the last 33 yrs. But listed here are some who made a major impact.
It commences with the dozens of freelance journalists REM employed over the years. Susan Doran had a story in the incredibly very first concern of REM and has published hundreds of content for us considering the fact that then, rarely lacking a month. Kathy Bevan was REM’s ace reporter for a number of many years, chasing down tales even when the topics didn’t want to be interviewed. Just one year throughout the Western Relationship convention, she cornered a serious estate board EO in an elevator when he attempted to escape her concerns.
A lot of thanks also to Toby Welch, author of extra than 100 REM features, and other prolonged-time freelancers Diane Slawych, Mario Toneguzzi, Danny Kucharsky, Yvonne Dick, Don Procter, Sohini Bhattacharya, Dennis McCloskey, Connie Adair, Steve Maxwell, Myles Shane, Tony Palermo and the late Lloyd Manning.
REM wouldn’t have obtained the credibility it has in the true estate marketplace with no the contributions of numerous latest and previous Realtors, who crammed our webpages with suggestions and observations, and did not shy absent from controversy.
Marty Douglas wrote additional than 250 columns, at first termed Western Perspectives and then Metes & Bounds.
Barry Lebow, who aided REM rating a deal to create a journal for a home finance loan broker’s affiliation, wrote dozens of columns and far more lately began producing video clips that he shared with REM viewers.
Dan St. Yves, a previous genuine estate agent in Kelowna, has been crafting a month-to-month humour column for REM due to the fact 2000, never ever missing a month.
Carolyne has furnished as quite a few Recipes for Realtors columns as we could use. She is also the most prolific commenter on all REM stories, supplying her consider on the industry’s hottest news. (And many thanks also to our other most frequent commenters, Brian Martindale and PED.)
I also owe a financial debt of gratitude to Ross Wilson, Debbie Hanlon, Stan Albert, Ted Greenhough, Mark Brodsky, Chris Seepe, Aiman Attar, Peggy Blair, Aaron at TRES Labs and the late Albert Teichner. They all offered a wealth of facts for Realtors – click on the Columnists and Information for Brokers tabs on this web page and examine out their stories, and people of many other guest columnists.
The most-go through tales on REM ended up persistently those dealing with authorized difficulties, and we were blessed with quite a few excellent lawful writers. They involve Natalka Falcomer, Don Lapowich, Mark Weisleder, Martin Rumack, Bob Aaron, Shaneka Shaw Taylor, James Cook dinner and one of REM’s most important supporters, Avi Rosen. Many thanks to you all.
Our print journal had a resident photographer – Marko Shark, who then turned the task around to his son Elijah. Thanks for all the fantastic images men. And thanks to Craig Hodge and Darla Furlani, who delivered REM cover photographs from the West Coast.
Many thanks to those who supplied REM with their movie content material: David Greenspan, Richard Robbins, Toni Sing and Jenny Wun, Shawn Bell, Nicole Attias and numerous some others.
To every person who despatched me a tale about a new place of work use or charitable endeavour in their local community, thank you. Many thanks to all the boards and associations who despatched us editorial contributions and distributed the print edition of REM to their associates. Thanks to the team at CREA, who supported us all through the many years, even although they normally did not treatment for what we wrote and were being irritated that we refused to set Realtor in cash letters.
And finally (sure, I know the new music is actively playing and they want me to wind this up), a word about the folks at REM. Art director Liz Mackin had terrific patience in putting jointly most of the print difficulties around the a long time. Thanks also to graphic designers Shawn Kelly, Yee Truong and Eilidh Harding.
It was wonderful doing work with “Uncle Barry” Holmes, and later on gross sales director Dennis Rock. When Dennis retired, his daughter Amanda arrived on board and instantly turned the most well-known REM staffer at trade reveals.
Many thanks also to hard-doing the job generation and distribution manager Mila Purcell (who got me hooked on Brother Jack McDuff) and output co-ordinator Judy Cupsky.
I wrote about Heino Molls and the launch of REM when he retired. We shed Heino in 2019 and I have considered about him each day considering that.
William Molls took in excess of as REM’s publisher and CEO and has manufactured a valiant effort and hard work to keep it going for the duration of the pandemic, under no circumstances straying from our philosophy of offering high quality editorial articles and not advertising out, when it would have been quick to do so. Many thanks for all your support, Will. Your dad would be happy.
All right, that is ample, besides for a personalized plug: even though I will be “mostly retired”, I’ll continue on creating about Canadian genuine estate in my column at Realty Times. And I look forward to looking at what a new crew will do with REM.