Hello fine citizens of Cornwall!
Who am I? I am the new summer events reporter for the All-New CJSS and Variety 104 for 2013! My name is Eric Spence and recently I joined the CORUS team and I’m getting ready to head out on the road to all sorts of great events throughout the summer.
But again, who the heck am I? The boss says I need a brief introduction so, here goes. I was born and raised in London, Ontario. I grew up in the southern part of the city just a stone’s throw from the Labatt Brewery – so close in fact that if the wind was blowing right, the sweet scent of fermenting barley would waft through my bedroom window as I was drifting off to sleep. In retrospect, it was probably not the best environment for a growing child and possibly the reason why I’m a sad 5’7.
I left London after high school to go to the University of Guelph. I spent four years there studying history. Yeah! History! What did I learn in my four years? Everything, and I mean everything, in modern Canadian history is due in some part to the building of the Trans Canada Railroad. Canada-America relations? Railroad. Quebec Separatism? Railroad. Immigration policy? Railroad. The Maple Leafs inability to win the Stanley Cup since 1967? Railroad.
After university, I went to South Korea where I stayed from 2006 until about 2 weeks ago. If you are doing the math at home, that’s 7 years. That’s nearly a quarter of my life!
– with friends, Shin and Miri
Korea was wonderful. I taught English. I ate things that were still alive and I ended up on the radio. There are a few English language radio stations in Korea so I started working at BEFM 90.5 out of Busan, South Korea. They called me the Travel Guru back then as I hosted my own travel show. Check it out –
But, now I’m back and ready to start my new life in Canada and I’m super excited to be in Cornwall. I hope to meet all of you at various events during the summer so please come up and say hi if you see me!
PS. I also did some TV back in Korea. On my most recent show, they called me “Bob”. Why? Because “Bob” is a name in English but it also sounds like the Korean word for food…..trust me, it’s funny in Korean.