Item Aud. 282 - Oral History: Bob Thompson interviewed by Peter Stursberg, C 2875, 2876, 2877 cassette 8 - September 28

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Oral History: Bob Thompson interviewed by Peter Stursberg, C 2875, 2876, 2877 cassette 8 - September 28

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CA TWU Coll. 02-01-Aud. 282

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  • 1981 (Creation)

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  • 1 audio cassette
  • 2 sound recordings (mp3)
  • audio 282a 20.5 MB (30 minutes)
  • audio 282b 20.5 MB (30 minutes)

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(1982 -)

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As part of a joint Oral History project of the Public Archives of Canada and the Parliamentary Library, journalist, writer, and broadcaster Peter Stursberg interviewed former Social Credit leader Robert Thompson in September, 1981.
Title: "Robert N. Thompson - His Memoirs in an interview with Peter Stursberg in Dr. Thompson's office in the Robert N. Thompson Building in Trinity Western College, Langley, British Columbia, September 28, 1981. (This is part of an oral history for the Parliamentary Library and the Public Archives)"
Audio 282a consists of the following recording:
This portion of the interview opens with Thompson's concluding comments regarding the reforms of Chiang Kai-shek Stursberg attempts to pin down some dates for Thompson's visits to Vietnam and Taiwan. They speak at length about Thompson's 1973 visit to China. This recording ends with a discussion of the return of the Thompson family to Canada, and their eventual resignation from the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM).
Audio 282b consists of the following recording:
Upon the family's return to Canada, for medical reasons, Thompson did not know exactly how he would provide for his family. They moved to Red Deer, Alberta, where Thompson was contacted by Ernest Manning, who asked him to conduct a survey of public regarding Manning's possible shift into federal politics. The response was negative, so Manning suggested that Thompson consider leading the Social Credit Party. In June 1960 Thompson was elected President of the Social Credit Association of Canada. He was elected Leader of the Social Credit Party in July, 1961. Thompson then reflects on a meeting with Christian businessman Roger Kirk, which served as the catalyst which caused him to seriously consider going into politics. The party was in some disarray at the time, and finances were tight. Thompson begins to speak of the National Convention in Ottawa.

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  • Rev. Rick Penner
  • SFU (Simon Fraser University) Archives


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B 4 S 1 Box 11

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  • See Robert N. Thompson fonds, 02.20, Box 24 Files 20-22, for transcripts
  • Aud 275 to Aud 285 form a set

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Part of a set of 11 tapes (Aud 275 to Aud 285), with 2 copies of each: Sony tapes donated by Rev. Rick Penner, EFCC (Evangelical Free Church of Canada), 1993; Ampex tapes transferred from SFU Archives, ca. 1994 (Peter Stursberg Collection, MG 6 / 2 No. 38 / 1, 38 / 2, 38 / 3)

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Digitization Note: All files recorded from a Califone 2455AV, captured by ScenalyzerLive 4.0 and edited with Audacity 1.2.6. Recorded at 44.1kHz @ 16-bit resolution via Canopus ADVC110, in .wav format by Aaron Martens, TWU AV Asst, between May 2007 and June 2009.

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AV Assistant's digitization notes: Aud 282a: 3 minutes trailing silence cut; Aud 282b: 1 minute leading silence cut

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Student Assistant's note: Converted from .wav to .mp3 and/or amplified using Dexster v3.2 Copyright Softdiv Software Sdn Bhd; attributes MP3 CBR; 48kHz 320 Kbps; Channel: stereo - between September 2010 and April 2011

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While these audio cassettes are filed with the A/V collection, they belong to the RNT fonds.

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In June 2012 librarian DD resized all audio files using the program Amadeus Pro; he ran a batch conversion of the files, changing them from MP3 files at a bit rate of 320kbps to MP3 files at a bit rate of 96kbps at 24kHz

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This copy is to be used solely for the purpose of research or private study; any use of the copy for a purpose other than research or private study may require the authorization of the copyright owner of the work in question

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