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FRANK OGDEN Nov 5, 1920 - Dec 29, 2012 Frank Ogden (Dr. Tomorrow)

Passed into the future on

Dec 29, 2012 at the age of 92.

Ogden was one of Canada's most controversial and respected futurists. He was a free spirit who never accepted the popular or widely accepted ideas on any current issues. Maclean's Magazine described Frank as "Having more ideas in a weekend than most people have in a lifetime". He gave over 700 speeches around the globe and constantly pushed audiences to look beyond the present to a world in which technology would change the way we live. The author of 22 books, he was one of the foremost practitioners of the art of future-telling. A close friend and colleague of Science Fiction writer and fellow futurist Arthur C. Clarke, Frank was one of the earliest predictors of how the Internet would come to dominate the way we do things. Dr. Tomorrow was presented with the National Speakers Bureau Hall of Fame award in 2011. Ogden was born on a fast track train near Toronto in 1920 and never slowed down. He was a flight engineer in WWII; held the world's altitude record of a single engine aircraft of 19,400ft; managed Montreal's controversial radio station CKGM; taught at the Ontario College of Art, founded Canada's first "Think Tank"; and was an elected fellow of The Explorers Club whose members have included arctic explorer Robert Peary, mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Predeceased by his wife, writer Carol Baker, Ogden is survived by his son Ted, grandson Trevor, daughter Lodei, granddaughter Sarah and great granddaughter Halle. A gathering will be held at a later date and those who wish to share a memory of an "Encounter with Frank" at that gathering may email it to [email protected]

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 12, 2013
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