National Geographic : 1963 Jul
National Geographic, July, 1963 to listen to the Babel of languages; many of my fellow patrons obviously had emigrated from Paris, Vienna, Milan, or Bonn. "The word Toronto," I was reminded by dynamic, 47-year-old Donald D. Summerville, the city's present mayor, "is a Huron Indian word meaning 'place of meeting.' It's oddly appropriate; Toronto has come to be known as an incomparable convention city." So swiftly has Toronto grown that mid town now laps at the edge of the University of Toronto campus. Pausing on my way to visit President Claude T. Bissell, I recalled a frigid winter's day during World War II when I stood with my husband and several other doctors as a flag-draped funeral cortege left Convocation Hall. The university was paying its last tribute to Ontario-born Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin. I knew of Toronto's science facilities. "What of the arts and humanities?" I asked 46-year-old President Bissell. "Well, there's our library," Dr. Bissell replied. "It's by far the largest in Canada and has just acquired its millionth item. The uni versity's outlook used to be provincial; now it aims to become a world center of research and scholarship." Not far from the campus stands the 12 million-dollar O'Keefe Centre for the Per forming Arts. It was built by Edward Plunket Taylor, the Toronto industrialist whose in terests range from gold mines EOGRAPHC SOCIETY to breweries (pages 70-71). This is what I hoped To ronto would be like, I thought, when the premiere of Camelot opened the center in October, 1960. Camelot has been fol lowed by sell-out successions of revues, ballet, opera, sym phony, jazz concerts. Returning to the Park Plaza's roof for a panoramic look, I could see that Toronto was still a city in a forest, though scores of high-rise structures have dwarfed the forest to a mere carpet. Flank ing Lake Ontario, the new elevated Gardiner Express way cut my view of the new docks that handle world-wide shipping brought in by the St. Lawrence Seaway. A plane coming in over the lake direct ed my eyes to the new 30-mil lion-dollar terminal building at International Airport. On tario's capital and metropolis was undeniably growing up. Beach styles beckon to Torontonians passing cor ner windows of a store on Yonge Street. Some pass ers-by are mirrored; others are seen through two panes of glass. Toronto's prosper ous residents contribute a big share of Ontario's pur chasing power.