Oral Histories: Leaving

John Brotman

FROM: Johannesburg, South Africa

A musician by training, John arrived in Fort McMurray in April 1977. The very next day it snowed. He immediately regretted not picking Australia. “Canada was freezing cold,” he recalled. “But the people are the friendliest people I’ve ever known.”

"South Africa was a . . . sick place when I grew up."