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George Atkins

About the Interviewee: 
CBC Agriculture Commentator

George Atkins grew up on a dairy and orchard farm in Halton County. He graduated from OAC in 1939. Following graduation, he spent a year taking several courses at the University of Wisconsin and then returned to the family farm. During his 15 years farming, he played a key role in the early development of the Ontario Junior Farmers Association and the Halton Region Conservation Authority.

In 1955 he became the farm commentator for CBC radio and television in Toronto, holding this position for 25 years. During his last five years at CBC, he was responsible for the formation of The Developing Countries Farm Radio Network. When he retired from the CBC in 1980, he continued to actively manage The Developing Countries Farm Radio Network, up to 1990.

He talks extensively about College life, including excerpts from his diary, kept during his college days. Initiation, College staff, campus life, student organizations and student pranks are included in his remembrances in the last two tapes.

Grad Year: 
College : 
Interview Date: 
B. Schneller
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340108