Port man writes first book

  • Sep. 11, 2009 6:00 a.m.

Ron “Relic” Robinson says he thought about writing his life story many times over the years, but he was way too busy salvaging logs, beachcombing for treasure, chasing women and driving tug boats. That plus the fact that some of his adventures were almost unbelievable. But when the 72-year-old Port Clements resident was laid off in November, he decided to put pen to paper. Less than a year later, the result is his first book, titled “The Original ‘Relic’ – a Life on the Edge”. “The reason I did not write any books until now was, who could believe all this stuff I’ve done,” Mr. Robinson said. “But it’s all true stories.” There are lots of incredible stories in the 247-page book, including tales from the days when Mr. Robinson and his partner Bette lived on a remote spot on the west coast of Graham Island near Port Louis. Once, Herb Riddall came out and found 335 glass balls in three days, he said, a feat recorded in one of the book’s several colour photographs. Mr. Robinson is planning to hold an event at the Yakoun River Inn later this month to officially launch the book, which sells for $24.95 plus tax. He has about 538 pounds of books available right now, and is expecting sales to be brisk.