We went to Winnipeg not long ago. (We love Winnipeg.) This time, for ROBERT’S RECORD CORNER, I took a tour of Winnipeg with local musicologist/speaker/writer John Einarson. He knows a LOT. I learned Neil Young used to love the chocolate cake donuts at Salisbury House, not far from his childhood home. I saw former homes of Guess Who members, and heard that Barbra Streisand got fired here early in her career and vowed never to return. John’s a fun guy, an author 14 (and counting) book, who delivers irresistible tours with an almost comic sense of detail and facts.
We also visited Neil’s old childhood home where a decade ago, the owners found a strangely dressed man on their front yard. They let him in. Something about his fancy boots shouted his worthiness. He poked around Neil’s old room, confirming the view from the window was the same over half-a-century ago. After he left, the owners realized who it was. Bob Dylan. The donut, incidentally, was excellent. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.
John’s tour: 4.5 SANDWICHES (out of 5)
The donut: 4 SANDWICHES
And, while we’re on the subject, take a look at my TOP 26 NEIL YOUNG SONGS: