‘BEST JOB EVER HAD’: Paul Godfrey says Sun is truly one of a kind

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Paul Godfrey was one of the most powerful politicians in the city before he came aboard the Toronto sun in 1984.

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As president of Metro, he was a high-profile city man when Doug Creighton invited him to lunch at the posh Winston restaurant and offered him the job as editor of the Toronto sun .

Remember that the only people more shocked than he when he became an editor were the editorial department.

“They had a lot of suspicion that a guy from the city council would interfere with the news coverage,” he recalled in a recent interview.

“I was very grateful when they accepted me.”

He fondly recalls his years at the helm.

“It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” he said.

Better than running the city. Better even than managing the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Everyone liked everyone. They all worked together. When someone was not well, everyone threw it. When someone had a new baby, we celebrated. “

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It is a spirit that says is lacking in Canada today.

Paul Godfrey introduces politician Joe Oliver to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons in 2015. STAN BEHAL / TORONTO SUN FILES
Paul Godfrey introduces politician Joe Oliver to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons in 2015. STAN BEHAL / TORONTO SUN FILES

“He opened a path for me in the business world. Doug rolled the dice with me. I didn’t know anything about the newspaper world and Doug let me run with him. “

There were some in the city establishment who disapproved of him for taking a job at a newspaper that had a Sunshine Girl on page 3.

“The Sun it was successful because it was unique, ”he recalled. “Others copied it, but then we had the best sports coverage and the best crime coverage in the city.”

What he was most proud of was the way he Sun He defended the needy of the city and those who had no voice.

He paid tribute to cartoonist Andy Donato, who he believes is the best cartoonist in the country and who has been in the newspaper for 50 years.

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Andy Donato and Paul Godfrey laugh.  TORONTO SUN FILES
Andy Donato and Paul Godfrey laugh. TORONTO SUN FILES

Occasionally outrageous, Donato designed the original cover and gave it his name. Creighton intended to call it the Toronto News. He asked Donato to design a cover. When he came back with a cover that called him the Sun Creighton laughed, told him it was too late to change, and the rest is history.

One of Donato’s most outrageous cartoons was one that featured Hamilton’s people as bottoms, after MP Sheila Copps was re-elected after a furore over the cancellation of the GST.

An outraged Hamilton mayor named Godfrey, demanding that Donato be fired. Godfrey told him that, as a politician, he surely understood that cartoons were meant to be offensive.

“I told him to go back and tell his people that he had demanded Donato’s resignation, which he did,” he recalled.

“Two weeks later, the mayor called again and asked for the original. He thought it was funny. “

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