Maple Tree Planted
in Memory of Arnie
Born in 1948, in Montreal, Achtman worked as a store
clerk, a short-order cook, a dance studio caretaker, an independent performance
artist, an actor and for the past twenty years taught Expressive Writing
at George Brown College, and more recently at the University of Toronto.
Arnie Achtman died March 7, 2005 at 11:00 a.m., succumbing
to lung cancer.
Two months before his death, Arnie celebrated the publication
of This is What Happened,
a collection written by a group of his former George Brown students who
continue to meet as the Friday Night Writers Group.
Eight days before his death, Arnie, helped by brother
Bernie, wheelchaired his way, oxygen tanks in tow, to CKLN to host Life
Rattle (show # 869) for the last time. When he managed the breath to deliver,
without coughs or gasps, the show's introduction, he pumped his fist in
Thank you Arnie.
||Born in 1947, in Little Rock, Arkansas, Allen has worked
as an assembly line worker, a butler, a taxi driver, and a sportswriter.
He now serves as Director of the Professional Writing and Communication
Program at the University of Toronto at Mississauga.