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Written by Michael LeBlanc   
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The Stratford Shakespearean Festival was established in 1953 to help bring vitality back to the small southern Ontario city: once the site of an important rail junction, the city experienced a decline after the rail yards were moved. Since its inception, the annual Festival has attracted world-renowned theatrical names: Tyrone Guthrie was its first Artistic Director, and Alec Guinness spoke the first lines of the first play at the festival. In early 1953, in anticipation of its first season, Eric was invited to Stratford and appointed Promotional Art Director for the Festival Foundation. Eric was responsible for all programs, posters, banners and assorted printed matter in the first six years of the Festival.

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EA: In wartime my hobbies are warmongering, collecting sugar and hunting for tinned orange juice.

In between wars my hobbies are peacemongering, collecting butterflies, cross pollinating gladioli, hunting, shooting, fishing, riding, composing music, writing poetry, acting and producing theatricals, chess, tennis, yogi and hunting for butter, with an occasional game of bridge which I dislike intensely, if I have time.