*Buck v To purloin; to collect or gather surreptitiously. He bucked a barrel last night for the bonfire on November 5th. Click here to visit the Dictionary of Newfoundland English.
Like often the case during oral history interviews, childhood recollections were just the tip of the iceberg. Eventually we went on to discuss the fact that Burf ended up leading a most interesting adult life too. Without any specific ambition to do so, but because of his love for debating local issues, Burf became a talk-show host for a television show called Analysis. During the five years that he was on this show, Burf had the opportunity to discuss major issues with people such as Joey Smallwood--the most important political figure of that era. These interviews led him towards a deeper understanding of the political themes that were resonating throughout the province. His interest in achieving what he considers the best possible life for the people of Newfoundland continued throughout his career, and continues today. In fact, Burford was recently interviewed for Atlantic Business magazine (Mar/Apr 2014 issue) because of a specific vision he has for creating a transportation tunnel between Labrador and the Island. Like a true debater, he presents his arguments using clarity and logic.
|Burf Ploughman in his home, April 2014.|
Did you ever watch the show Analysis? Did you ever buck barrels from your neighbours? I'd love to hear your memories: firstname.lastname@example.org