Even if you’ve been following the twisted saga of Rob Ford, there are many shocking revelations to be found in Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle’s new book, Crazy Town. Here are a select few.
1. Historical tidbits: In 1954, 15 years before the mayor was born, his dad, Doug Ford Sr., set out with Marilyn Bell in her attempt to swim across Lake Ontario. Bell made it to the other shore; Ford did not.
2. NSFW quotes: Aside from Rob’s wife, Renata, allegedly saying that the mayor’s “not giving up the blow,” she’s quoted dropping a lot of f-bombs (“I told him, ‘Fuck, you could ruin your whole fucking life’”).
3. Ironic situations: When Ford demanded, “I want something done,” in response to the Eaton Centre food court and Danzig Street shootings in 2012, the massive police investigation of the Dixon City Bloods gang’s drugs and guns trade (Project Traveller) was already underway. Ironically, that operation was the one that led to an investigation into the mayor himself. Or, as Doolittle puts it: “Of all the gangs, in all the city, Rob Ford had to walk into theirs.”
4. Soundtrack shenanigans: On his way to the Ford brothers’ first radio show after police chief Bill Blair confirmed the existence of the crack video, Rob Ford was blasting the Bee Gee’s “Staying Alive” as he pulled into the NewsTalk 1010 parking lot.
5. Bonkers background: Right before confessing to a pack of reporters that he had indeed smoked crack, Rob Ford phoned his chief of staff to tell him, “I’m going to blow their minds.”