Name: Max Ferguson, BA
Convocation date: May 16, 1969
Discipline / contribution: radio broadcasting ; humour - satire
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Mr. Max Ferguson. Although it is obvious that he is no grey-beard, he is nearing the end of a quarter of a century of service to Canadian broadcasting. This, in itself, is not remarkable — others have survived even longer. What is remarkable is the contribution he has made within that period of time not only to his chosen medium, but to the broader national scene. His name ranks well up among those whose creative talents have given to Canadian radio broadcasting the unique qualities which can be truly appreciated only by those who have had an intensive exposure to broadcast fare outside of Canada.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
As a satirist he has no superiors and few equals in Canada at the present time. He presents a satire which is biting but not vicious. His humour is timely, yet he does not feel compelled to match the sickness of much of the humour of the times. His one venture into the field of humorous writing won for him the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour which was presented to him in 1968. Despite the fact that he was born elsewhere, and despite an unseemly affection for his adopted “Marintides”, he is uniquely Canadian. It might even be said that within his time he has become a Canadian institution — even though many of his most ardent listeners will not readily excuse him for so abruptly disposing of his great character, Rawhide.
Mr. Ferguson was born in Durham, England. He moved somewhat closer to Canada when, as a boy, he came to live in London, Ontario — it might, after all, have been Toronto. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1946 and, immediately afterwards, entered the wonderful world of radio where, for the most part, he has remained since. He moved rapidly from his position as a staff announcer to one of the Corporations leading personalities — though whether or not he is to be most aptly described as a jewel in its crown or a burr under its saddle remains as a topic for debate.
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate of this University, I present to you Max Ferguson and ask that you confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa — although possibly I should simply say “And now -- here’s Max”.
Degree presented at: University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus
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