John George Diefenbaker was the 13th prime minister of Canada from 1957 to 1963. Between 1930 and 1979, he was the only federal Progressive Conservative leader to lead the party to an election victory, doing so three times, although only once with a majority of seats in the House of Commons of Canada. Diefenbaker was born in southwestern Ontario in the small town of Neustadt in 1895. In 1903, his family migrated west to the portion of the North-West Territories which would soon become the province of Saskatchewan, he was interested in politics from a young age. After brief service in World War I, Diefenbaker became a noted criminal defence lawyer, he contested elections through the 1920s and 1930s with little success until he was elected to the House of Commons in 1940. Diefenbaker was a candidate for the PC leadership, he gained that party position on his third attempt. In 1957, he led the Tories to their first electoral victory in 27 years. Diefenbaker appointed the first female minister in Canadian history to his Cabinet, as well as the first aboriginal member of the Senate.
During his six years as Prime Minister, his government obtained passage of the Canadian Bill of Rights and granted the vote to the First Nations and Inuit peoples. In foreign policy, his stance against apartheid helped secure the departure of South Africa from the Commonwealth of Nations, but his indecision on whether to accept Bomarc nuclear missiles from the United States led to his government's downfall. Diefenbaker is remembered for his role in the 1959 cancellation of the Avro Arrow project. Factionalism returned in full force as the Progressive Conservatives fell from power in 1963, while Diefenbaker's performance as Opposition Leader was heralded, his second loss at the polls prompted opponents within the party force him to a leadership convention in 1967. Diefenbaker stood for re-election as party leader at the last moment, but only attracted minimal support and withdrew, he remained an MP until his death in 1979, two months after Joe Clark became the first Tory Prime Minister since Diefenbaker.
Diefenbaker was born on September 18, 1895, in Neustadt, Ontario, to William Thomas Diefenbaker and the former Mary Florence Bannerman. His father was the son of German immigrants from Adersbach in Baden; the family moved to several locations in Ontario in John's early years. William Diefenbaker was a teacher, had deep interests in history and politics, which he sought to inculcate in his students, he had remarkable success doing so. The Diefenbaker family moved west in 1903, for William Diefenbaker to accept a position near Fort Carlton in the Northwest Territories. In 1906, William claimed 160 acres of undeveloped land near Borden, Saskatchewan. In February 1910, the Diefenbaker family moved to Saskatoon, the site of the University of Saskatchewan. William and Mary Diefenbaker felt that John and his brother Elmer would have greater educational opportunities in Saskatoon. John Diefenbaker had been interested in politics from an early age, told his mother at the age of eight or nine that he would some day be Prime Minister.
She told him that it was an impossible ambition for a boy living on the prairies. She would live to be proved wrong. John claimed that his first contact with politics came in 1910, when he sold a newspaper to Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, in Saskatoon to lay the cornerstone for the University's first building; the present and future Prime Ministers conversed, when giving his speech that afternoon, Sir Wilfrid commented on the newsboy who had ended their conversation by saying, "I can't waste any more time on you, Prime Minister. I must get about my work." The authenticity of the meeting was questioned in the 21st century, with an author suggesting that it was invented by Diefenbaker during an election campaign. After graduating from high school in Saskatoon, in 1912, Diefenbaker entered the University of Saskatchewan, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1915, his Master of Arts the following year. Diefenbaker was commissioned a lieutenant into the 196th Battalion, CEF in May 1916.
In September, Diefenbaker was part of a contingent of 300 junior officers sent to Britain for pre-deployment training. Diefenbaker related in his memoirs that he was hit by a shovel, the injury resulted in his being invalided home. Diefenbaker's recollections do not correspond with his army medical records, which show no contemporary account of such an injury, his biographer, Denis Smith, speculates that any injury was psychosomatic. After leaving the military in 1917, Diefenbaker returned to Saskatchewan where he resumed his work as an articling student in law, he received his law degree in 1919, the first student to secure three degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. On June 30, 1919, he was called to the bar, the following day, opened a small practice in the village of Wakaw, Saskatchewan. Although Wakaw had a population of only 400, it sat at the heart of a densely populated area of rural townships and had its own district court, it was easily accessible to Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Humboldt, places where the Court of King's Bench sat.
The local people were immigrants, Diefenbaker's research found them to be litigious. There was one barrister in town, the residents were
Evertz Microsystems Limited is a Canadian developer and manufacturer of electronic systems for the broadcast and film industry. Evertz was founded in 1966 as DynaQuip Electron Devices Limited by Dieter and Rose Evertz, specializing in equipment for film timecode and closed captioning; the company was renamed Evertz Microsystems Limited from Evertz Technologies Limited in 1983. In 1997, it was reorganized by a group of former employees of Leitch Technology. Evertz held an initial public offering in June 2006 and raised $67 million CAD, listing its stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In June, 2011, Evertz announced it would buy back as many as 3.8 million of its 74.47 million outstanding shares. In 2008, Evertz was awarded the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award, a Primetime Emmy award given by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to honor companies which have affected the state of television and broadcast engineering over a long period of time. Evertz acquired router manufacturer Quartz Electronics in 2005 and software developer Pharos Communications in 2011
Charles W. Missler was an American author, evangelical Christian, Bible teacher and former businessman, he was the founder of the Koinonia House ministry based in Idaho. Missler graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1956 and received a Master's degree in Engineering from UCLA, he worked for several years in the aerospace and computer industries. He joined the Ford Motor Company in 1963. Missler joined Western Digital as chairman and chief executive in June 1977, became the largest shareholder of Western Digital. In 1983 Missler became the chairman and chief executive of Helionetics, Inc. another technology company. He left Helionetics in 1984 "to pursue other opportunities in the high-technology field". In August 1985 Helionetics sued Missler, alleging a conflict of interest, claiming that after Missler and other Helionetics executives had decided not to purchase a small defense electronics maker, that same company was purchased by an investment corporation in which Missler held a controlling interest.
The suit was settled. In 1989 he headed up the Phoenix Group International, a former Colorado real estate company that entered the high-tech industry to sell personal computers to Russian schools. Phoenix filed for bankruptcy protection in 1990. After teaching for many years at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Missler moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1992 and founded Koinonia House. Through this organization, Missler distributed a monthly newsletter and Bible study tapes, hosted a radio show called "66/40", spoke at conferences. Missler was a prominent speaker on the subject of bible prophecy. Missler has had numerous programs aired on the Christian television station GOD TV, namely the DVD versions of his biblical studies "Learn the Bible in 24 Hours", "The Book of Revelation", "The Book of Genesis", "The Book of Daniel". In April 2016, Missler retired from his position as president of Koinonia House. In May 2017, Missler retired from active participation in international ministry conferences. A Los Angeles Times article reported that Missler and co-author Hal Lindsey had plagiarized a portion of Miami University Professor Edwin Yamauchi's 1982 book Foes from the Northern Frontier in their own 1992 book The Magog Factor.
Hal Lindsey's manager Paul Krikac said Missler had written the passages in question, but conceded that Lindsey is responsible for the overall manuscript: "His butt is on the line." After the missed attribution was acknowledged by Missler, book shipments to bookstores were discontinued and all of the authors' proceeds donated to a ministry. Missler has been accused of plagiarism of New Age writer Michael Talbot's 1992 book The Holographic Universe in his 1999 book Cosmic Codes: Messages from the Edge of Eternity. Missler has acknowledged this as missed attribution and has since publicly apologized, he said a correction would be inserted in all unsold copies and the book itself updated in subsequent printings. Missler has donated all of the author's proceeds from the book to a ministry. Due to his experience with technology, Missler was a figurehead in bringing the "Year Two Thousand Bug" to the attention of the Christian community. In 1998 he coauthored a book with John Ankerberg investigating whether America would survive the crises to be caused, he claimed, by embedded computer chips that would malfunction on what they would calculate as year zero.
Missler was married to Nancy Missler. They had two daughters. Nancy died of cancer on November 11, 2015. Charles Jr. Missler "Chip", Missler's first born son died in 2001, at the age of 39 from a massive heart attack. Mark Jay Missler, Missler's second born son died February 4, 2016, at the age of 54 from a battle with cancer. Missler died at his home in New Zealand, he is survived by his two daughters. 1996 The Magog Invasion Pub: Western Front Ltd ISBN 0-9641-0586-1 The Magog Invasion. Western Front Ltd. 1996. ISBN 0-9641-0586-1. 2002 Learn the Bible in 24 Hours Pub: Nelson Books ISBN 0-7852-6429-9 Learn the Bible in 24 Hours. Koinonia House. 2002. ISBN 1-57821-630-3. 2006 Prophecy 20/20: Profiling the Future Through the Lens of Scripture Pub: Thomas Nelson ISBN 0-7852-1889-0 Alien Encounters: The Secret Behind the UFO Phenomenon. Koinonia House. 2003. ISBN 1-57821-205-7. Eastman, Mark & Missler, Chuck; the Creator: Beyond Time & Space. Word For Today. ISBN 0-936728-61-2. Cosmic Codes: Hidden Messages From the Edge of Eternity.
Koinonia House. 2004. ISBN 1-57821-255-3. Hidden Treasures in the Biblical Text. Koinonia House. 2000. ISBN 1-57821-127-1. Missler, Chuck; the Kingdom, Power, & Glory: The Overcomer's Handbook. The King's High Way Ministries. ISBN 978-0979513640. Missler, Chuck. Why Should I Be the First to Change?: The Key to a Loving Marriage. Koinonia House. ISBN 978-0975359310. Chuck Missler's official Website Koinonia House