I wrote this commentary last Thursday, August 31st. It was the final day on the radio for our now retired CJWW morning personality Rod Kitter and so was an emotional day around our building. August 31st was also the 20th anniversary of the death of the “People’s Princess”, Princess Diana. I remember turning on the TV that night in 1997 just before bedtime and the first thing I saw was the story about Diana.
My reaction was akin to the shock I felt as a kid when I heard that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Diana’s impact via the media was such that she is remembered to this day for not only having been married to and divorced from Prince Charles but also for her humanitarian efforts. She figured if there were going to be cameras pointed at her all the time she might as well use all that publicity for good. A great example was she knew that her going out to hospitals or to fields that had landmines would immediately draw the world’s attention to the problem. She had some poignant observations about life such as saying the worst illness of our time is that so many people have to suffer from never being loved. She also pointed out that HIV does not make people dangerous to know and that the only thing you can hang onto is your own dignity. Her legacy lived on with the establishment of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund that her sons took over legal ownership of in 2013. Whatever one’s opinion of Diana, she had a heart and was a humanitarian par excellence. That’s Coffeetalk. I’m Vic Dubois.