Stuart Trueman

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Stuart Trueman
Born 1911
Saint John, New Brunswick
Died April 25, 1995
Saint John, New Brunswick
Occupation humorist, journalist
Nationality Canadian
Period 1930s-1990s
Notable works You're Only as Old as You Act
Spouse Mildred Stiles

Stuart Trueman (1911 - April 25, 1995)[1] was a Canadian journalist and humorist, who won the Stephen Leacock Award in 1969 for his book You're Only as Old as You Act.[2]

Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Trueman first joined the city's Telegraph-Journal newspaper after high school as a cartoonist and reporter, later becoming a sportswriter.[1] He became the paper's editor-in-chief in 1951, holding the position until his retirement in 1971,[1] and then continued to write a weekly column for the newspaper until 1993.[1] During his time with the Telegraph-Journal, he covered a visit to the city by Amelia Earhart the day before her solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1932,[3] bringing her a copy of the paper directly off the press before she left so that once she landed she could prove she had flown the whole way.[3] He was also credited with the original discovery of Moncton's Magnetic Hill.[1]

As a writer, Trueman published numerous books of both humour and regional history.[1] In addition to his Leacock Award win in 1969 for You're Only as Old as You Act, he was a shortlisted nominee for the award in 1983 for Don't Let Them Smell the Lobsters Cooking.[4]

He was married to Mildred Trueman (née Stiles),[5] with whom he also collaborated on two cookbooks, Favourite Recipes from Old New Brunswick Kitchens (1983) and Mildred Trueman’s New Brunswick Heritage Cookbook: With Age-Old Cures and Medications, Atlantic Fishermen’s Weather Portents and Superstitions (1986).[1]

He died at his home in Saint John on April 25, 1995.[2]

Works[edit]

  • Cousin Elva (1955)
  • The Ordeal of John Gyles: Being an Account of his Odd Adventures; Strange Deliverances, etc. as a Slave of the Maliseets (1966)
  • You’re Only as Old as You Act (1968)
  • An Intimate History of New Brunswick (1970)
  • My Life as a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (1972)
  • The Fascinating World of New Brunswick (1973)
  • Ghosts, Pirates and Treasure Trove: The Phantoms that Haunt New Brunswick (1975)
  • The Wild Life I've Led (1976)
  • Tall Tales and True Tales from Down East: Eerie Experiences, Heroic Exploits, Extraordinary Personalities, Ancient Legends and Folklore from New Brunswick and Elsewhere in the Maritimes (1979)
  • The Colour of New Brunswick (1981)
  • Don’t Let Them Smell the Lobsters Cooking: The Lighter Side of Growing Up in the Maritimes Long Ago (1982)
  • Favourite Recipes from Old New Brunswick Kitchens (1983, with Mildred Trueman)
  • Life’s Odd Moments (1984)
  • Mildred Trueman’s New Brunswick Heritage Cookbook: With Age-Old Cures and Medications, Atlantic Fishermen’s Weather Portents and Superstitions (1986, with Mildred Trueman)
  • Add Ten Years to Your Life: A Canadian Humorist Looks at Florida (1989)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Stuart Trueman at St. Thomas University's New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b "Stuart Trueman, humorist, dies at 83". Toronto Star, April 26, 1995.
  3. ^ a b "Eighty years since famed flight; Anniversary Amelia Earhart's stop in Saint John may have been brief but pivotal in record-breaking feat". The Telegraph-Journal, May 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Torgov wins 1983 Leacock Medal". The Globe and Mail, April 29, 1983.
  5. ^ "'I thought, I have to go home, I can't stay here'". The Telegraph-Journal, January 9, 2003.