Growing up, my family had a framed picture of Don Cherry in our basement. The photo was of my father and a group of other men my father played sports with surrounding Don, all big smiles and thumbs up.

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As a kid I feared Don Cherry. Every time I heard his voice or saw him on TV I would feel my anxiety begin to rise. I couldn’t understand why he was so angry, so dismissive, so flamboyant, and yet so treasured by so many older adults in my life.

I would hear him making fun of hockey players, calling them pansies and mocking them for not being strong or manly enough. When ever I heard him on TV I would think, “He is mocking those people for the same qualities I hold.” …


Tyler Colbourne

Photographer, media wanderer, jokester, comic book reader, video game player, and puppy dog lover.

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