Thursday, December 29, 2011

Black's days will brighten in 2012

Conrad and Barbara in more blithesome times.

On July 13, 2007, Conrad Black, peer of the realm, erstwhile industrialist, press baron, former owner of multiple mansions, and vocabularian nonpareil, was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

The intervening years have seen a series of alternating appeals and periods of incarceration, hopes elevated and hopes dashed. Coleman Federal Correctional Complex was graced with his presence for 29 months. He cleaned bathrooms and wrote a book.

His right honourable lordship materialized at the Federal Correctional Institution in Miami this September, to complete the final semester of his education in American justice. He will graduate on May 5, 2012, provided he doesn't behave indecorously.

[Completely unrelated fact: The 100th anniversary of the Titanic's demise will be marked just 3 weeks prior.]

What will he do next and where will he do it? Who will play him in the movie?

Personally, I find Conrad an excellent entertainment. He is indeed an egotistical blowhard, but his pluck is estimable, and he surprised many by emerging from his tribulations unbowed, growling indignantly all the way.

Finally, he was [formerly] a colourful Canadian, and in the Great Grey North we need as many of those as we can get.

He's lost friends and fortune, but it would be folly to underestimate him.


  1. Who will play him in the movie??

    Ponder. Ponder.

    I suspect he would prefer Brent Carver/Christopher Plummer, but my money is on Hollywood North man, Paul Gross.

    Mrs. Black could only be played by one of the Dale sisters, probably the one married to Peter Mansbridge.

    Pretty good, eh?

  2. I see you're thinking it's a Canadian production. I think Conrad and Barbara would want the full Hollywood treatment.

  3. You are so right. I stand corrected.