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Reuben Cohen was a New Brunswick lawyer, financier, philanthropist and university chancellor. His life reads like an epic rags-to-riches tale - complete with the impoverished protagonist acquiring power, wealth and the love of his life, only to tragically lose it all before fighting his way back through strength of character.
Dick gave me my first job at CBC. He liked my handwritten resume and remembered the letters my father had written to The Globe and Mail. Dick became like a second father to me; he was my mentor and then business partner when we left CBC, an inspiration for my life.
Dick Nielsen was always a great intellect and witty conversationalist with a zest for life and one of the most inquiring minds of any TV producer or writer I have met. I was honoured to work with him for nearly 30 years, starting in the mid-1970s, when he was executive producer on the Connections series on organized crime, and through to the early 2000s.