Historians, like reporters, are detectives - hunting down new stories that provide different perspectives on historical events. Looking Back is based on the popular weekly five-minute history series o
Historians, like reporters, are detectives - hunting down new stories that provide different perspectives on historical events.
Looking Back is based on the popular weekly five-minute history series of the same name created by Paul Dederick, an award-winning CBC TV current affairs producer and Bill Waiser a University of Saskatchewan history professor.
Looking Back highlighted little-known, compelling, and sometimes quirky stories from Saskatchewan's past. All stories were filmed on location and - more often than not - featured people who had some personal or special connection to the event. The series was never intended to offer an in-depth analysis of historical events and personalities; rather, it's purpose was to educate and entertain and in doing so, get people interested in and talking about the province's rich and varied past.
Broadcast on CBC TV's "Saskatchewan Now" early-evening news from 1998 to 2001, the program was shortlisted for the Pierre Berton Award, and honourable mentions at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival.
Bill Waiser is the author, co-author or co-editor of eight books, including Park Prisoners: The Untold Story of Western Canada's National Parks and Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion, a finalist for the Governor General's non-fiction literary award. His recent book, All Hell Can't Stop Us: The On-to-Ottawa Trek and Regina Riot, won the 2003 Saskatchewan Book Non-Fiction Award. He has served on the Canadian Historical Association and Canada's National History Society.
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