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Beloved Alberta television weatherman, radio talk show host, news broadcaster, and award-winning playwright, Bill Matheson wrote the manuscript for A Year Down North in 1976 when he worked briefly as weekend weatherman at New York City's WABC. This fictional account draws on Bill's work as a meteorological assistant at Fort Simpson, NT following his release from the Canadian Army after WW II in the 1940's. At the International Convention of Weathercasters, Scientists and Environmentalists in Paris, France in 1995, Bill was awarded the International Excellence award by his peers for being the best on-air weatherman in the world. Bill died in Lethbridge, Alberta in 2006.

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  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publication Date: December 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APKZIP2
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Review of "A Year Down North" by William Richard Matheson
I bought this book because I remember Bill Matheson as the weather guy on TV and as the co-host of a long running radio talk show. I enjoyed his broadcasts and thought that I might also enjoy the book. My expectations were not high. It was a first book, written long ago and never published. How good could it be?
As it turns out, pretty good. The writing is crisp and the characters resonably convincing, especially as we get to know them better. There is little in the way of a plot. Each chapter is pretty much an anecdote about life in a very small, very northern, very isolated village and is almost always amusing and sometimes, especially toward the end, laugh out loud funny. Be warned however, that the book contains adult situations, nudity and some possibly politically incorrect material that might have been more acceptable when the book was written than it is now.
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This book was most enjoyable to read. I watched this author when he did the weather on ITV. The book brought back memories of his use of the English language when giving his weather forecasts. Would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the stories of the North.
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I bought this book as an interested fan of the late "Bill" Matheson from his broadcast days I watched on ITV and Global TV. He was perhaps the most colourful personality to do the weather portion of the news hour and he was just fun to watch no matter the forecast. Which now brings me to review his book, A Year Down North.

This is the fictional story of a northern Canadian settlement along the Mackenzie River and some of its one hundred or so inhabitants and their interactions mostly through the eyes of a meteorologist Jerome Goeff. Jerome has been sent as a punishment to (fictional) Fort Poontuk to gather data about weather to relay back to Edmonton after being caught in an romantic situation that displeases his superior. What Jerome finds at this isolated community is anything but boring weather statistics. The very nature and diversity of the people Jerome encounters brings his mind from the tethers of meteorology into a world of colourful, eccentric characters that create what has to be one of the funniest books I have read in awhile. I think of this book as Coppermine or Dangerous River by Keith Leckie and R.M. Patterson respectively, meeting the Monty Pythons Flying Circus. Not a great anaogy but how I see it at times in the story.
This story takes place in 1947 and the Canadian north has drawn in people from all walks of life looking for their niche shortly after the war has ended and possibly the far reaches of the wilderness beckons them. This hodge-podge group and all the sad and humourous antics they catalyze in daily life including Jerome create such situations this reader found it hard to put down the book. Just as a side note, have a decent dictionary handy as the author makes good use of some discriptive words not commonly seen, at least in my readings.
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If you happen to be from Canada but living in a warmer clime it will take you back home. A little more risque than I expected from my beloved weather man but a good read.
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Was in the Media, Radio and Television, from 1951 to 1974. Knew Bill when he was at CJOC in Lethbridge, and I was at CFAC in Calgary. In Edmonton, we worked together in a Klondike Revue as entertainers in the late 1970s. Listened with interest to Bill's radio shows on CJCA and CHED. What a "Character" he was, and what a super book he produced. Every page was a delight!
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I enjoyed this book. We had watched Bill on weather forecasting for many years. Even though it is supposedly fiction we felt that there was a lot of Bill in the story as he seemed to be a card.
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