Fisher, Joe

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1947-2001

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Andrew Joseph Hilton Fisher, the eldest of four children, was born June 18, 1947 in Bristol, England. Choosing a career in journalism, he was hired as a junior reporter at the Staffordshire Advertiser and Chronicle in 1965. At the age of twenty-two, he was promoted and had the distinction of being the youngest news editor in England. In August 1971, Fisher immigrated to Toronto where he joined The Mirror newspaper as its police reporter. In 1972, Fisher was employed as a reporter and feature writer for the Toronto Sun. His assignments ranged from undercover investigations of Toronto's massage parlours to the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' conference in Ottawa. He became a general reporter for the Toronto Sun in November 1974 and started a column on the labour scene. He also covered many important out-of-town assignments, including the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the Canadian Labour Congress annual convention in Quebec City, and Montreal's Club Gargantua massacre in which thirteen people died. His first novel, Skin Dive (originally titled Soft Words in Zooland) was published in 1977.

The end of Fisher's journalistic career coincided with his interest in the paranormal, upon which he wrote several books including Predictions (1980), The Case For Reincarnation (1984), Life Between Life with Dr. Joel Whitton (1986), Hungry Ghosts: An Investigation Into Channelling and the Spirit World, (1990), Cotopaxi Visions, (1992), and The Case For Reincarnation (1992). Fisher also published Game Wardens in 1992. He supplemented his income writing freelance articles, particularly for travel magazines and the Sunday Sun, magazine of the Toronto Sun. A collection of Fisher's poetry also appeared in an issue of Queen's Quarterly. Over one million of his books have been sold in twenty-two languages. In addition to his writings, he regularly gave workshops and seminars based on his explorations into the supernatural, gave lectures, and appeared on a number of television shows. He hosted Geographical Journal on CBC Newsworld in 1997. He married Emily Zarb on June 15, 1991. The couple divorced in 1999. Fisher died on May 9, 2001 near Fergus, Ontario.

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