Fonds PR-2324 - Frank Ogden fonds

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Frank Ogden fonds

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  • [1985?], 1994 (Creation)
    Ogden, Frank

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2 videocassettes

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Frank Ogden (1920 - 2013) was a broadcaster, author and futurist who was based in Vancouver. Frank Ogden, known in his later years as Dr. Tomorrow, had a varied career. Born in Toronto, at various times he worked as a pilot, sold real estate, managed Montreal radio station CKGM, and taught at the Ontario College of Art. From 1961 to 1968 he worked as a therapist in the LSD treatment program at the Hollywood Hospital in New Westminster, although he had no formal training in therapy. In his later years he became famous for his prognostications about the future uses of technology, broadcasting and monitoring the Internet from a houseboat in Coal Harbour. Frank envisioned such concepts as e-books. cybersex, and the Internet long before they became a reality. He also published "The Last Book You'll Ever Read and other lessons from the future" in 1993. The book featured an enclosed CD-ROM. He died in a senior's residence in Maple Ridge at the age of 92, having seen many of his predictions come true. He was predeceased by his wife Carol Baker, and survived by a son Ted and daughter Lodei. He was remembered in his obituary as a man who had "more ideas in a weekend than most people have in a lifetime".

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Wendy Cook was the transferring agent, acting as power-of-attorney for Frank Ogden.

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The records consist of two videocassettes. "Frank Ogden: Dr. Tomorrow Profile" was self-produced ca 1985, and features Frank Ogden advertizing his services and books. It appears to include some clips from an inteview Frank did with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "Frank Ogden: Your Place in the 3rd Millenium" is a recording of a lecture given by Frank Ogden in 1994, and is labelled as a Shaw Cable Parksville production.

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A digital copy is available.

  • VHS original, Your place in the 3rd Millennium, was copied to two BetacamSP Duplication Masters - in containers 000443-0308 and 000443-0309 (original is 120 minutes the BetacamSP blanks are 60 minutes). A Reference copy is in container 000443-0311. These copies were generated 11 March 2013.
  • VHS original, Frank Ogden Dr. Tomorrow, was copied to a BetacamSP Duplication master - in container 000443-0307. A Reference copy is in container 000443-0310. These copies were generated 11 March 2013.

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B.C. Archives does not holdy the copyright for Your Place in the 3rd Millenium. Permission to copy should be acquired from Shaw Cable.

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Accession number(s): 2013.4.1

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Your place in the 3rd millennium : 1 videocassette (ca. 2 hr.) : col., VHS, sd. Dr. Tomorrow profile : 1 videocassette (12 min., 24 sec.) : col., VHS, sd.

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  • Box: AV2012-0480
  • Box: 000443-0307
  • Box: 000443-0308
  • Box: 000443-0309
  • Box: 000443-0310
  • Box: 000443-0311