You may remember Mark Meikle from her stint on Vicki Gabreau’s afternoon CBC radio show as “The Answer Lady.” She played a similar role, specific to the Internet, on Arthur Black’s Saturday morning show too, and it’s in this capacity that I came to know her.
While the exact circumstances are murky in my mind, I seem to recall that one Saturday morning she read a question from a listener in the Northwest Territories who couldn’t find a way of connecting to the Internet (this was the early 1990s, and Internet access was hard to come by everywhere). For some reason, I had information that I thought might help, so I emailed it off to Marg. To my surprise she wrote back, and I wrote back offering Internet help if she ever needed it. I received perhaps a dozen enquiries from Marg, or directly from her listeners over the next six months. It was lots of fun.
When it came time for us to move to Prince Edward Island, I sent Marg off a note telling her about the move, and she wrote me back telling me to be sure to look up her friend and CBC colleague Ann Thurlow. And so, of course, we moved to PEI and promptly forgot all about this.
Fast-forward six months and I’m sitting in my office at the PEI Crafts Council and there’s a woman from the CBC interviewing my colleague Charlotte about something to do with the crafts industry. When she signs off the piece, she says “Ann Thurlow, CBC News, Charlottetown.” So I turn around and say “Hey, you’re Ann Thurlow.”
And we’ve been friends ever since.
As it turns out we shared more in common than just Marg Meikle — we both went to Trent University (Ann more successfully than I), and as a result know a lot of people and places in common.
And so this is how I come to know of a website where one can see Marg Meikle in her pyjamas. I recommend you visit; it’s a great, simple site with a good purpose.
While you’re at it, if you happen to live in Vancouver and have a dog, I can also recommend Marg’s book Dog City: Vancouver : The Definitive Guide for Dog Owners in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We gave it to my brother John, his fiancee Jodi, and their dog Ginger and I believe it’s stood them in good stead.