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Jim Love - Meeting Charleton Heston
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GB232_MFR_JIMLOVE_17
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Jim Love
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
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1739
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Jim Love (1943 - 2006) was one of the Highlands' most respected journalists. He joined the 'Inverness Courier' in 1988, becoming editor in 2003. He had previously been an Inverness-based reporter with the 'Press and Journal'. One of Jim's passions was jazz music but he also played a major part in the blossoming of the traditional music scene in the Highlands in the 1990s and 2000s.

In this audio extract from the radio programme 'Moray Firth People' Jim talks to Helen MacPherson about meeting Charleton Heston.

Interviewer: Any other big stars that you would have been involved with?

I'm often asked to go and talk to WRIs and schools and things like that, and they say, 'Who have you met that's famous?' And I tell them the famous people I've met and they all look very, very blank, but the one that I particularly remember is when Charleton Heston came to the Highlands on holiday. And he's a Fraser, on his mother's side, and was always entertained by Lord Lovat at Beaufort Castle, and he'd come up to Beaufort Castle to stay with Lord Lovat. And he had gone pony trekking and we were sent out to get a picture of him; we thought this would be good, a picture of Charleton Heston in the Highlands. So, a photographer and I went out in a car to look for Charleton Heston pony trekking.

Well, the Highlands is a very big country to look for Charleton Heston, if you don't know where he is. So we trawled around Culnakirk for the best part of the afternoon and we just couldn't find him, and we eventually pulled into Hughton and said to the nearest passer by, 'You haven't seen Charleton Heston have you?' And completely unperturbed he said, 'Yes, he's up at the pony trekking centre up there.' So, we shot up to the pony trekking centre and Charleton Heston was just unsaddling and preparing to leave, and we said to him, 'Would you mind giving us a picture and a quick word?' And I never forgot, I was very impressed, he said, just like the Prime Minister, courtesy itself, he said, 'Not at all' he said, 'It's my job to speak to you, just like it's your job to speak to me.'

And he gave me five minutes and we got a picture of him with his daughter on a horse and he was dressed in a kilt, and it was smashing. And he said, 'You'll excuse me now lads but I must dash to catch a train and we're running rather late' and I thought it was good that he should give us the time when he was in such a hurry, and I often wondered if he caught the train. And years later, he produced his biography, and it was in the form of a journal. So I thought, 'I wonder?' and I looked up, and I found a chapter referring to spending his holidays with Lord Lovat and going pony trekking, and the very last sentence on the entry on that particular day was, 'Missed the train' but fortunately it didn't say why.

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Jim Love - Meeting Charleton Heston

1990s

audios

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Jim Love

Jim Love (1943 - 2006) was one of the Highlands' most respected journalists. He joined the 'Inverness Courier' in 1988, becoming editor in 2003. He had previously been an Inverness-based reporter with the 'Press and Journal'. One of Jim's passions was jazz music but he also played a major part in the blossoming of the traditional music scene in the Highlands in the 1990s and 2000s.<br /> <br /> In this audio extract from the radio programme 'Moray Firth People' Jim talks to Helen MacPherson about meeting Charleton Heston.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Any other big stars that you would have been involved with? <br /> <br /> I'm often asked to go and talk to WRIs and schools and things like that, and they say, 'Who have you met that's famous?' And I tell them the famous people I've met and they all look very, very blank, but the one that I particularly remember is when Charleton Heston came to the Highlands on holiday. And he's a Fraser, on his mother's side, and was always entertained by Lord Lovat at Beaufort Castle, and he'd come up to Beaufort Castle to stay with Lord Lovat. And he had gone pony trekking and we were sent out to get a picture of him; we thought this would be good, a picture of Charleton Heston in the Highlands. So, a photographer and I went out in a car to look for Charleton Heston pony trekking.<br /> <br /> Well, the Highlands is a very big country to look for Charleton Heston, if you don't know where he is. So we trawled around Culnakirk for the best part of the afternoon and we just couldn't find him, and we eventually pulled into Hughton and said to the nearest passer by, 'You haven't seen Charleton Heston have you?' And completely unperturbed he said, 'Yes, he's up at the pony trekking centre up there.' So, we shot up to the pony trekking centre and Charleton Heston was just unsaddling and preparing to leave, and we said to him, 'Would you mind giving us a picture and a quick word?' And I never forgot, I was very impressed, he said, just like the Prime Minister, courtesy itself, he said, 'Not at all' he said, 'It's my job to speak to you, just like it's your job to speak to me.' <br /> <br /> And he gave me five minutes and we got a picture of him with his daughter on a horse and he was dressed in a kilt, and it was smashing. And he said, 'You'll excuse me now lads but I must dash to catch a train and we're running rather late' and I thought it was good that he should give us the time when he was in such a hurry, and I often wondered if he caught the train. And years later, he produced his biography, and it was in the form of a journal. So I thought, 'I wonder?' and I looked up, and I found a chapter referring to spending his holidays with Lord Lovat and going pony trekking, and the very last sentence on the entry on that particular day was, 'Missed the train' but fortunately it didn't say why.