Fred Taylor: Brother in the Shadows by John Virtue

By John Virtue

The capitalism vs. communism feud among industrialist E.P. Taylor and his Communist artist brother Fred

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One of his tormentors was brother Edward: "He teased me a great deal, if not incessantly, certainly a great deal and effectively, in the sense that his object was achieved. "16 When Fred was fourteen and Edward a 6-foot, zoo-pound running back on McGill's Redmen football team, the sibling ribbing became unbearable. During a school break, Edward was in Fred's bedroom when he started to mock his brother. There is no record of what prompted the teasing, but Edward may have got in a jibe about Fred being prissy despite his athletic achievements.

4 Fred realized that people might think Edward's growing prominence had something to do with his obtaining the Delta Upsilon scholarship; he was living at Edward's old frat house that summer because his own Kappa Alpha was closed. 5 Fred's McGill professors recommended he seek an internship in Paris with Le Corbusier, one of the twentieth century's most famous architects. Armed with a letter of introduction to him from McGill, Fred left for England on 2,1 November 1930 aboard the Cunard Line's Antonia.

On his first day he was told to review plans for an addition to the main bank building in Vancouver. Within forty-eight hours he submitted a memo, backed by facts and figures, showing that the contractor was overcharging the bank by 20 per cent. He soon found other examples of abuses, even at bank headquarters in Montreal. B. Mackenzie, who told him that the companies he was implying were dishonest were also bank customers. P. incorporates the Brewing Corporation of Ontario, a holding company to operate the breweries he is in the process of buying.

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