Bob Edwards

"...the difficult thing in a modern monarchy is to find
something for the king to do"

One of Calgary's most controversial and colourful characters, Bob Edwards was the editor of the Eye Opener newspaper in the first decades of this century. The quote above is indicative of the acerbic wit expressed in his editorials.

The Eye Opener actually started in the town of High River and moved to Calgary in 1904. The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada, tells the story of how Edwards left High River rather hurriedly after it was discovered that he had replaced the hymns in a local church's gramophone with recordings of a more bawdy variety.

Edwards was elected to the legislature in 1921 as an Independent and sat for one session, retiring due to ill health. It is said that he was buried with a flask of wiskey.

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