To most of us, Len Coates was the name on a masthead or a byline, a writer we enjoyed or even a motorsport reporter whose access to the world stage we envied.
To much smaller group, Len was a friend, an employee and the key part of a team. To many more Len was an accomplished story teller, an accomplished journalist, a trail breaker and leader in his profession.
To Rod Campbell he was a large part of his life, co-worker, confident, first employee in a new venture, life long friend. Rod came from California and spent the last day of LenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life with him.
Len Coates was a larger than life presence even as a student at Ryerson. As editor of the Ryersonian he led a pitched battle with the faculty and administration over faculty control of editorial policy, a position he saw as censorship. Ultimately it resulted in the founding of the Eyeopener, totally controlled by students. LenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s graduation present to himself was to marry the DeanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s secretary!