I started working at my family's international newspaper store, Metropolitan News after school when I was eleven. At 14, I went to work there full time. It was my second home for decades. My father, George Rubin was the manager, chief cook and bottle washer, day and night, winter and summer, for 37 years. It was our second home and my almamater.
Almost every member of our family worked there at some time - my father and mother, my maternal grandfather and grandmother, my brother, my sister, cousins, aunts and uncles and all our closest friends.
Metropolitan News stood At The Crossroads of The Nation, 1248 Peel Street at the corner of St. Catherine St. in the heart of Montreal, Canada, and people from all over the world visited us there.
METROPOLITAN NEWS AGENCY -
AT THE CROSSROADS OF THE NATION
REMEMBERING MY FATHER, GEORGE RUBIN
GEORGE H. RUBIN
MEMORIES AROUND PARK AVENUE 1940's - 1950's.
GERRY RAQUER AT METROPOLITAN NEWS
MEMORIES OF METRO NEWS - LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY.
I REMEMBER PATRICK FARNEY
UNCLE SAM AND THE BESWICK HORSE
I CAN'T KEEP THIS SECRET ANY LONGER - HOW I LEARNED ABOUT CRIME
A THING OF BEAUTY IN AN UGLY WORLD
RONNIE MCKELVIE AND LITTLE HELEN REMEMBERED
MEMORIES OF METRO NEWS
November 5, 1952,
Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected President of the United States. The Montreal Gazette photographed me with my grandfather, Israel Feldman, in the front window of Metropolitan news at 1248 Peel Street, Montreal, selling the first editions - hot off the press ! - of The Gazette with the headline announcing his election. I have the photo somewhere among my albums and files, and it is fixed in my memory. I was a young teenager. I was wearing a sweater that had a deer motif on the front. My grandfather wore a leather cap. One of the customers out in front of us was an American sailor wearing a crisp white "gob?" hat. Another was a Peel Street Regular, one of the Damon Runyon characters who "lived" on Peel Street and were made famous by local novelists. Unless there was a second edition of the newspaper that same day - we usually had three editions per day - the photograph of me and my grandfather appeared on the front page of the newspaper on November 6, 1952.