Norman Jewison built his career amid the glitter, ego and abundance of Hollywood. Yet
By the time Jewison was 13, the Second World War was underway and all of
"The whole production of the country, from food to material to clothing, everything was being built and focused toward the war," he says. "There weren't even silk stockings, so women were painting their legs. It was unbelievable. Everybody was involved and totally committed to winning this war and supporting the troops. I've never seen a society so focused.
"I look around today and think how long ago it was," he says at 78, gazing out the windows of his sunlit
Joining the Navy
Jewison's relatives almost all served as army reservists during the war. His uncle Charlie was a sergeant major in the 48th Highlanders, and his father was a sharpshooter with the Queen's Own Rifles. Jewison, however, had joined the Sea Cadets in high school — "one way to get the attention of girls" — and at 17 he volunteered for the Royal Canadian Navy.
After basic training in
The war was in its final months by the time Jewison made it to sea, working as a signalman on a Canadian corvette, escorting merchant ships up the east coast from
"I was disappointed that I never got to cross the
The U-boats, however, were still sniffing around American and Canadian ports, occasionally sinking ships in the
But his only glimpse of the enemy came after
Confidence in Ourselves
Jewison eventually came back to
By the time he returned to
"[The Second World War] was when
"But look at what we've done in history, with so few people. Look at what we accomplished in that war.
"I think that's what we need again today — confidence in ourselves."
Years ago, Jewison took his then-teenage sons to