Rex was born and raised in Newfoundland, where he not only graduated from Memorial University, but earned a lifetime degree in the acquisition of unusual common sense.
A Rhodes Scholar, Rex attended Oxford University where he hung out with a classmate named Bill Clinton before coming back to Canada to polish and refine his writing and broadcasting skills.
And it is his keen interest in language and English literature, that allows Rex to flex his formidable lexicon with hundreds of thousands of Canadians each and every week.
In addition to his televised essays on CBC, Rex Murphy writes a weekly column for the Globe and Mail and is the author of the book, "Points of View", and also hosts Canada's only national open-line radio program, CBC Radio’s "Cross Country Checkup", with close to half-a-million listeners every Sunday afternoon. Much in demand as a speaker, his volatile, insightful and comedic oratory - powered by an voluminous vocabulary - brings audiences to their feet from coast to coast.
And Rex will be flexing his speaking muscles once again tomorrow night to help the Boys & Girls Club of Moncton, N.B. fill the required coffers to keep their many worthy programs running.
“Fragile Loyalties, Intense Commitments: The Art of Being Canadian”.
Rex may be viewed in some circles as a curmudgeony, cantankerous sort who takes great delight in delivering polysyllabic, vitriolic and sarcastic commentary. Some call him Canada's "most opinionated man". A big squawk from the Rock spewing a lot of high-falutin' talk.
But isn't that part of who we really are as Canadians?
And what we admire?
If only more of us had a dash of Murphy's exquisite verbal panache to go with our daily double-doubles.
Wouldn't that make for riveting conversation over coffee?
"In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect"
P.S. ... For more info on Rex Murphy's Moncton appearance, click here.
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