Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Globe's Michael Kesterton was an eccentric "seeker of knowledge"

For 23 years, the Social Studies columnist mined an array of publications for his 'daily miscellany of information,' which often reflected his personality
Elizabeth Renzetti writes:
"On the morning of June 12, 1990, Globe and Mail readers discovered a new feature in their newspapers. It was "a daily miscellany of information" called Social Studies, a collection of information that could be important or inconsequential, but always intriguing. Essentially, it was a social media feed before social media, reflecting the vast knowledge and various interests of the man who would compile it for the next 23 years, Michael Kesterton.
 "Mr. Kesterton, who died on Dec. 5 at the age of 72, was the shy, quick-witted writer behind one of The Globe and Mail's most popular features. By the time Social Studies ended on Canada Day, 2013, Mr. Kesterton had compiled more than three kilometres of arcana, world history, scientific breakthroughs, anniversaries and odd news, such as the time Sophia Loren apprehended a handbag thief."
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