James Bawden cultivated a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and plugged-in Toronto personalities on television and movie history.
Over a 40-year career as a TV columnist and critic with the Toronto Star, Globe And Mail, Hamilton Spectator and CBC, he accumulated a vault of celebrity stories from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Robin Williams.
Although he retired from the Star in 2008, he remained active on his blog up to this month, offering television show and documentary reviews, sprinkling in funny anecdotes of stars he interviewed.
One could say, he did what he loved till the very end.
Bawden died on Jan. 24. He was 75 years old.
In a 2014 blog post, he paid tribute to some of his famous friends and acquaintances who died that year. He recalled meeting Williams after the legendary comic landed his breakthrough role as Mork, the alien from the planet Ork.