Other memories from the Montreal Star?

Interesting reaction from Stu Lowndes here to something I wrote back in September. Any other former hacks from the Montreal Star want to chip in? To facilitate conversation (if any…), Lowndes’ comment reproduced here:

The Montreal Star folded partly because editorial management decided to hire a few hacks from the tabloid press, in particular, the Globe/Midnight operation, then based in Montreal.

The Star was the better paper of only two in the city. The Montreal Gazette wasn’t really a newspaper, it was a scum sheet of St.James’s Street financiers and those PR flacks at the local watering hole, the Montreal Press Club.

Okay, I’m a little harsh on the rag. I used to work for The Star and my moments and memories go back to the early 1960s – and when Peter Desbarats, then feature writer, was dean of journalism of University of Western Ontario, now retired, and others: Walter O’Hearn, Paul (Dodo) McKenna Davis (night editor), Dick Havilland (city editor), and so on …

As for Dennis Trudeau, I met the chap during a stint at the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. Couldn’t figure him out then, can’t figure him out now.

Trudeau, however, knows how to play the game.

Unfortunately, the QCT online, doesn’t. The oldest paper in Canada still doesn’t get it. Such big ideas for such a small rag with less than 2,000 print eyeballs. But, who knows …

I wonder how The Star would have appeared or have changed in this so-called Google Generation.

I have changed; I haven’t read a rag in years, including The Montreal Gazette. But I was born on a paper, and my heart and sentiments are still with most of them, with only a few exceptions.


Stu Lowndes


6 Responses to Other memories from the Montreal Star?

  1. James Oastler says:

    I am researching my father James Alexander Oastler. He was the bureau chief and parliamentary correspondent for the Montreal Star located in Ottawa.
    Any information on James would be greatly appreciated.


    Jim Oastler

  2. Sunil Rajpal says:

    Montreal lost its best newspaper the Montreal Star. I have missed it ever since.

  3. James Deanj says:

    The MONTREAL Star also known as The MONTREAL Star http://www.themontrealstar.ca

  4. Harri Merivirta says:

    I too worked for the star. I was one of the grunts carrying a 125 papers to four streets in NDG. Even got a free trip to Ottawa as a prize for selling new subscriptions. I was sad to hear the paper close even if I was already living in Ontario.
    A comment from one of my customers printed in the Slag, “a shining example to all carriers”.

  5. James Dean says:

    Electronic-Carriers wanted for The MONTREAL Star. You could win a trip to Ottawa. We have beautiful yellow carrier bags with the beautiful black logo. Montreal Star Canada’s best news and information now available online. Call to writers, authors, bloggers, videographers, photographers and all Montrealers to take part in there own online communities. MONTREAL.COM and montrealstar.ca welcome you home.


    inquire soon – inquire today – inquire now

  6. Ron says:

    I’m wondering whether this is the same Stu Lowndes who, for a few short months in 1979-1980, edited a magazine called Montreal Homes?

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