Guest: Errol Bruce-Knapp
Title: Strange Days... Indeed
first heard of Errol Bruce-Knapp in 1999 when I was doing
the research for my first documentary, Stanton T. Friedman
is Real. I joined an e-mail list called UFO Updates, because
that was where all of the important UFO researchers "hung
out", and reading through the archives and participating
in the discussions was like a grad-level course in the UFO
phenomenon. It was on UFO Updates that I "met"
three people who would later become three of my best friends
-- the late Mac Tonnies, Greg Bishop, and Nick Redfern --
as well as many others who would appear in future films,
or with whom I struck up a friendship. After Stanton T.
Friedman is Real was released, I made the first of several
appearances on Errol's UFO-themed radio show out of Toronto,
Strange Days... Indeed, and I eventually got the chance
to meet him in person when I was in Toronto in 2005.
I got to know Errol, I realized that there was much more
to the man and his story than just his interest in the UFO
phenomenon. If anyone that I've ever met has exemplified
the motto I use when trying to describe how I live my life,
it's Errol -- the journey for him has always been the destination.
Errol has always been moving forward, riding the wave of
the cultural and intellectual zeitgeist. From his birth
in Egypt to the sounds of the guns being fired at the Battle
of El Alamein in 1942 to his work in Canadian television
and radio from the late 1960s onwards, Errol's story has
been inextricably linked with the story of his generation,
and the second half of the 20th century.
this interview conducted on Monday, 11 June 2012, Errol
stops looking forward for two hours, and joins me in a look
back at his amazing life, and experiences. We talk about
his childhood, including his memories of the war, his stint
in the British Army (and his ingenious method of escape),
his time as a pirate radio disc jockey in the United Kingdom
during the Swingin' Sixties, his move to Canada, his work
with John Lennon, his career in radio and television in
the Great White North, including the inside story on the
Canadian cult-classic TV program The Hilarious House of
Frightenstein... and of course his interest in UFOs and
the paranormal, and his own experiences with "the unknown".
We also talk about the future, and how technological advances
may represent a fundamental change for humanity. As I said,
Errol is a man who is always looking forward... and his
journey is far from over!
1.10: Errol Bruce-Knapp.mp3