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The "good place to come from” was Sault Ste Marie in northern Ontario during the tumultuous era leading to WWII. Morley Torgov’s tales of life are enduring classics: choosing the president of the Jewish community (when no one wants the job); the sorrows of the Chinese restaurant owner where Torgov and his irascible father ate most nights, while his stepmother lay dying in hospital; and Torgov’s obsession with George Gershwin, which he shared with his friend Irving Cohen are all unforgettable. Winner of the 1976 Leacock Medal for Humour, “A Good Place to Come From” was adapted for four dramas telecast by CBC TV and was the basis for three full length stage plays by Israel Horovitz which have been performed in New York City and throughout the US.

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