Friend and foe know him as “Sonny.” Others, or professional acquaintances, not aware ofhis usually sunny disposition, may remember him as Sidney Orr, Sidney Snowboy or even Sidney OrrSnowboy.
Sonny’s life reflects his many names. He’s been, at one time or another and in no particularorder: an athlete, a baker, a licensed pilot, an airline agent, President of the James Bay CreeCommunications Society, an executive at the National Aboriginal Communications Society, an economicdevelopment officer, an editor for the now long-defunct Cree Ajemoon and he created Chisasibi’s cablecompany Ginwat. He’s a writer, a photographer and he makes the best donuts and spiciest chili in Creeterritory.
His most interesting occupation was probably his first as — get this — a “tourist attraction” in MooseFactory in 1965. He recalls, “I just stood there and looked cute. Then I got smart and sold fossils(from the area). I made big bucks. The next summer I was an actor in an old building and sold morecute shots of me. Funny…
I can’t seem to do that today.
First Memory: Running back home in Fort George and yelling, “Geeman babiyou!” whenever a canoe orship arrived 1962-63.
Which word or phrases do you most overuse?
Favorite quote: You got the right one, baby.
Who’s shoes would you want to walk a mile in?
Brush with greatness: Danced with Jane Fonda.
How you would like to be remembered? Funny guy
Who were you in a previous life?
What did you want to be when you were young? A pilot Greatest fear: Drowning Best words of advice you ever heard:
Song you want played at your funeral: Stairway To Heaven
Favourite Name: Rose
Epitaph on your headstone: Here Lies Holmes Motto: If you can’t beat em’, don’t join em.
Who would play you in a movie? Dennis HopperIf you could meet Dennis Hopper, what would you say?
Did you really inhale?
What do you hate to be called? A liar.
On what occasion do you lie?
When explaining how I lost my hair.
Not responding to the Rogaine ad in time.
Choice for Cree of the year: Rhonda Spencer, she’s a figure skater from Chisasibi.
If you could clone anything what would it be?
Choice for honorary Cree: Pat Orr
First kiss: I don’t know… I’ve been getting kissed since I was a baby.
Idea of a romantic evening:
Watching the sun go down and the moon come up.
Pet Peeves: Frosty glasses. Favorite sport: Women’s gymnastics
Weaknesses: Chocolate fudge Most treasured possession:
My 17th century flintlock pistol.
Talent you would like to have:
To play piano like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Hobbies: Twanging the geetar and slanging the words, reading and body language, anything trekkie.
Dream job: Chief of Chisasibi.
Reason for living: Old Age Pension.
Best pickup line you’ve used:
Walk with me if you can.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Who are your heroes in fiction?
James Bond and Homer Simpson. If you had a magic wand what would you do with it? Stick it where the sun don’t shine.
Who wouldn’t you want to be? The guy with the magic wand.