TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - I was saddened to learn of the death of Dusty
Cohl, a leading light in Canada's film and entertainment industry.
A great deal is being said today, with justification, of the iconic
accomplishments and flare of the man who co-founded the Toronto International
Film Festival, Canada's Walk of Fame and his gift of bringing people together
from all corners of the globe and watching the magic unfold.
I too have a story about the legendary 'Dusty", who knew my father,
Charles Onley, solicitor for the City of North York, when Dusty was practicing
real estate law. Dusty came to know of Shuttle, the 1981 novel I wrote about a
space shuttle catastrophe. Dusty and George Anthony's company bought the movie
rights to my book.
The book was never made into a film but it was Dusty who invited me to
the 1981 International Film Festival where I met movie producers, stars and TV
people like Moses Znaimer from CityTV. It served as my first official entre
into the film, TV and entertainment industry.
I know there are hundreds of similar stories about how he would connect
people with one other and I am one of the lucky recipients of his ability to
build and nurture relationships. Rather than one specific project, he will be
remembered moreover for the countless relationships he encouraged and
cultivated that blossomed into significant projects, many of which we will
never know about.
I join all Ontarians in mourning the passing of one of our country's self
styled, unconventional visionaries whose credibility, tenacity and charm put
Canada in the international spotlight of the film, entertainment and
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