Growing up in Toronto was a very happy time for me; our family travelled often to Simcoe County, Muskoka and Parry Sound Districts in Ontario to see grandparents and relatives. I was exposed to Canada from PEI to BC from an early age.  I saw the 1972 Summit Series and the first Apollo missions on TV (but still look forward to my first Maple Leafs Stanley Cup!).  In the 1970s, high inflation, unemployment and oil price shocks slowed growth in Canada and elsewhere; the Cold War was not yet over.