Razzle Dazzle and Michele Finney

Michele and the Beatles

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In 1964, a huge slice of my childhood ended when Michele Finney left the CBC kid’s program Razzle Dazzle. I had been a fan of hers from her earliest days there (1960-61). In fact, we used to correspond regularly.

While still living in Windermere in 1962, I got hold of a Toronto phone directory and using a little bit of logic, worked out which Finney listing was under her father’s name. (For those interested, I deduced that the listing in the same WAlnut 7 area as the CBC studios would be it.) One Saturday, I rang the number: a woman answered; I asked to speak to Michele; she said, “Just a minute,” and went and got her! We had a short chat. She claimed to know who I was from our correspondence (I’ll bet she says that to all the boys). Thereafter, I called her about once a month for the next year.

One of my greatest treasures was a photograph of her interviewing the Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. She’d addressed it to me and signed it on the back. I no longer have any idea of the whereabouts of that photo, but I found a copy on the internet recently.

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I believe it was in 1965 that Michele returned to Razzle Dazzle for a guest appearance. I had been visiting a school friend (in Barrie) after classes and happened to see the program. As the shows were performed live in those days, I immediately rang the CBC studios in Toronto at the end, and asked to speak to Michele Finney. I was immediately put through to her and we had another of our little chats. That was the last time we spoke on the telephone.

For the next few years, we continued to keep in contact, even after I moved to Vancouver and she moved to Alberta. But as with all relationships, time passed and connections get lost.

Years ago, I read a magazine article in Macleans in which Michele was interviewed, and she commented on the fact that she had had correspondence with some fans over the years. I like to think that one of those fans she was referring to was me. If you happen to read this Michele, Chris says “Hi.”

Post Script

Dec 2016: Michele and I have reconnected on Facebook.

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(Photo of Michele courtesy of Facebook)

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And to give my blog pages something lighter, I'm sharing some of my personal photographs, too.
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9 Responses to Razzle Dazzle and Michele Finney

  1. cdsmiller17 says:

    Michele Finney found my blog page about her on Wikinut and left a comment there on my 65th birthday, 9 Feb 2015..

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  2. A. K.-Boily says:

    Wow, what a delightful memory (Michelle Finney)! Thanks for this walk back to the good old days. I always wondered what happened to her after Razzle Dazzle. What is she doing now? Hard to believe she’s (I figure) 67 by now! Where did the time go? 😉

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  3. cdsmiller17 says:

    Thanks for the comment. Apart from one movie (in the late 80’s) there are no entries on the IMDB listings, so your guess is as good as mine. Googling her name might yield the odd family reference, but other than her comment on my Wikinut page (now closed), I have had no contact. I still love her Irish beauty, ‘though.

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    This is now my most viewed post.

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  6. dtbull49 says:

    Michelle was a classmate of mine at Rosedale when I spent six months in Toronto in the seventh grade. It’s been a long time since I heard her name, what a gas. It was fun having her in class then seeing her on tv.

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  7. Betty Jane says:

    Hey Chris and Hi! That’s my little photo of Michelle you have up there! Sooo coool!! *Thumbs UP*!
    Michelle and I were penpals for years (throughout her Razzle years) until she moved to the States.
    Back in the 80’s I was in touch with her when in Toronto….she gave me directions on how to catch the subway to meet up with her, but so unfortunatley it clashed with the convention activities I was attending and it wasn’t to be. 😦
    I was in touch with her briefly via her hubby on FB (before she signed up for FB)
    and exhanged warm greetings! Plan to definitely reconnect.
    So wonderful that she is so lovingly remembered….I most certainly do and always treasured our ”girlie talks” in many many letters over the years.
    Take care, Betty

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    • cdsmiller17 says:

      I had a similarly signed photo from Michele during those year: it was lovely to see it on the Internet. We are still friends after all these years (more than 50 now). I’m pleased to know you, too.

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