This page, so my Blog guru tells me — she didn’t ask me to make that a link, I just thought it would be nice — anyway, she tells me that this page is for a blurb about me, Munroe Scott. Well, why not? Everybody has credentials and it seems logical that an interested reader might want to know mine.
I was born many years ago in Owen Sound, Ontario, in the dark early hours of a wintry February morning. (Useless details those, but they establish that I’m an Aquarian and that any c.v. is part storytelling.) My father was a United Church minister which makes me, naturally, a PK — a preachers kid. (In case I make comments about religion — which inevitably I will do — it’s nice to have insider credentials.)
I attended High School in Almonte, Ontario, during the five years that coincided precisely with World War ll and came to think of myself as “an Ottawa Valley boy”. My parents and both older brothers were Queen’s graduates so it never occurred to me that there could be anywhere else to acquire a B.A.– which I did, under the illusion I might head for journalism. Which I didn’t. Instead I acquired an M.A. at Cornell University with a major in Playwriting, under the illusion of enjoying a lustrous career in theatre. ( I say “illusion” because in those days, unbelievable though it may seem, there were no post grad drama courses offered in Canadian universities — hell, there were hardly any undergrad credits available — and there were only about two professional theatre companies in the whole country.) However, happily and fortuitously, in the early 1950’s I began my career as a staff writer with Crawley Films, Ottawa.
With the exception of one year misspent as the editor of a hundred year old daily newspaper, I have been freelance — voluntarily, I hasten to say — since late 1957.
I’ve perhaps been best-known as the biographer of the missionary surgeon Dr. Robert “Bob” McClure but have written a great deal of documentary film and public affairs television as well as drama for both TV and stage. I was writer and director of 5 hours of the 8-hour CBC-TV series The Tenth Decade –The Diefenbaker-Pearson Years, and also wrote and directed CBC-TV’s series First Person Singular –The Pearson Memoirs, and the series One Canadian –The Diefenbaker Memoirs. I was privileged to write the Sound & Light Show that ran in the summertime on Parliament Hill from 1984-93. I also wrote a “creative-non-fiction” book, The Carving of Canada, describing the creation of the carvings in Parliament Hill’s Centre Block that depict Canadian history and the original constitution. (I selectively mention this stuff because my musings may tend to wander into the swamp of politics.)
I was fortunate to have writing projects that took me to Africa, the Caribbean, tiny parts of Europe, many parts of Asia and most areas of Canada.
As an author my work has, amazingly, made the Best Seller list and the Book of the Month Club and I have won awards as both a playwright and a columnist, but even so my only real claim to fame is to be a long time survivor of the Canadian freelance writing world.
I am a member of the Writers Guild of Canada, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and The Writers’ Union of Canada.
For the record, I was happily married for 47 years, am a widower with three sons and five grandchildren, and live in Peterborough, Ontario — not because my maternal great grandparents settled here in 1832 but because I like the place.
If you’re interested and want to know more I recommend reading my memoirs in Always an Updraft — a writer remembers. Some of my friends say it’s a good read. Or take a peek at my web and read excerpts.