GRAVENHURST — Today is the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest pranks in Gravenhurst history.
On April 1, 1981 residents woke up to a screaming headline: ‘SEGWUN SINKING.’
‘Committee in emergency meeting this morning decides to ‘refloat’ ship regardless of expense. ‘What’s a million? asks one member.’
The hoax was the work of a group of fun-loving citizens mocking local journalism as they produced Vol. 1 No. 1 of the ‘GRAVENHURST BANLEA.’
It was a spoof of the state of local newspapers in town which saw the Gravenhurst News joined by the Gravenhurst Banner and then Gravenhurst Leader.
The 12-page paper was full of good-humoured stories and jocular ads.
It was edited by ‘Monty Clair’ and ‘Frank’s John’s Son.’
See the 12 pages below.