Dennis Bell 1943-2012

In Memory of Dennis Neil Bell
… a gifted and brilliant storyteller and adventurer. Treasured by his peers in newsrooms all around Canada who enjoyed his candour, wit, and wisdom. My father never let the weird prevent him from uncovering the wonderful.

For most of my youth he served as chapter President of the Big Time Mountaineering Club, whose most noteworthy achievement was having never climbed a mountain.

Well, that isn’t really true: he shared his love of the outdoors with his family and friends. He took me high into the Kananaskis, following the river to Turbine Canyon, which is where his ashes will be dispersed.

Many journalists from across the country reached out to pay tribute to Dennis when he passed away… here are a couple of the public tributes:

Miss you, Dad. — at New Westminister BC.

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Every time I watch an Apple announcement such as this morning’s, I am reminded of a series of vision videos that Apple produced with Alan Kay in the late ’80s and early ’90s.  Apple seems to be steadily and unflinchingly chipping away at every aspect of these videos, guided by this 20+ year vision to […]

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