And now for something completely different…

Introducing the staff of LS&IT in a way you’ve never seen them before…

Name: Tom Belliveau
Favorite Books:  East of Eden by John Steinbeck,  The Stand by Stephen King,  Contact by Carl Sagan, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Favorite Movies: Schindler’s List, Goodfellas, The Silence of the Lambs, Saving Private Ryan, The Big Lebowski
Favorite Game of Thrones Character: The Hound
Favorite Music/Band:  Rush, Metallica, Blue Oyster Cult, Simon and Garfunkel
Interests:  NHL (Oilers), Reading, Movies, Fishing, PC Games, Philosophy
Guilty Pleasures:  All of them…all of the pleasures
Pet Peeves:  No capacity to change an opinion,  the easily offended, not using turn signals

Name: Darryl Friesen
Favorite Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien; Raymond E. Feist; P.D. Eastman
Favorite Books: The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings
Favorite Movies: Highlander (1986); Star Wars (1977); Every James Bond film
Favorite 80’s Canadian Rock Bands: Honeymoon Suite; Glass Tiger; Platinum Blonde; Payolas
Favorite TV Shows as a kid: Magnum PI; Miami Vice; Battlestar Galactica
Favorite Video Games: Crackdown; GTA V; Rock Band 1,2 & 3; Halo 1-4 (5 sucked)
Pet Peeves: People who don’t like Tolkien; Greg Harkleman; Mac computers
Motto: “Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.”
Guilty Pleasures: Memes; Blueberry scones; Drummin’ at my desk
Fun Facts: Voted Senior Stick in High School; Won the Grade 12 Computer Science award; Started working at the UofS in my 2nd year of university

Name: Craig Harkema

I was born in a crippled canoe on the Babine. My mother was a cook and my dad a lumberjack.  My hair, black as oil from a skidder, confused and frightened the locals. They were forced to sacrifice me to the god of sound and stone under the dead spruce by the Kal Tire. Reborn as Crag Howleema, I began a journey across time and its irreconcilable spaces. There were crack climbs and slabby descents, swims in tailings ponds, reproduction and post production, sounds of hiphop and flip flops. The journey began with mining and manuscripts, rock skipping and scanning; it ends when I dam the river and outline its contours on Slack. I will retire with an eggel and espresso, cycling through the possibilities of stone carving and pecans.

Name: Jason Hlady
Fun Fact:  I am the highest rated competitive Scrabble player in Saskatchewan.  This is the eleventh nerdiest thing about me.
Career goal: to work remotely 7 months a year from on-hill ski resort lodging.  See ski-goggle tan in picture at end of season from last year.
Pet Peeve:  Spoilers of any sort.
Thing I have done in the last 7 days that I am most ashamed of:  Ordered and consumed fish and chips. From McDonald’s.  While not at gunpoint.


Name: Ripley Shannon Lucky
Favourite (& most formative) movie as a kid: Labyrinth
Favourite Game of Thrones character: Breanne (Except for the end of S8E4 – absurdly out of character!)
Best concert experience: Annie Lennox at SaskPlace (she might have been opening for Sting, but we all know who the real headliner was).
Favourite junk food: Dad’s Cookies Goodies Rings or those multi-coloured mini-marshmallow and peanut butter squares that are at all Saskatchewan social events.
Pet peeves: Special characters in file names and spaces in URLs. Co-workers who insist the original Battlestar Galactica was better than the 2000’s remake.
Fun Facts: Also the valedictorian of her grade 8 class (but no shoulder pads), won a Teamsters “James R Hoffa Memorial Scholarship” in 2001, was in school continuously from 1989 until 2014 and has 4 degrees (but no PhD). Totally unrelated, is about to make her very last student loan payment this month! Parents are still baffled she didn’t just finish that 4-year commerce program and get a ‘real’ job.


Name: Mike Moore
Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad
Favorite Movie: Goodfellas
Favorite Game: Fallout
Pete Peeves: Writing blurbs about myself.



Name: Jennifer Murray
Favorite book(s): The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander, Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations by Al Franken, Bossypants by Tina Fey
Favorite movie(s): Willow (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), Jurassic Park (1993), Shawshank Redemption (1994), Deep Blue Sea (for the Samuel L. Jackson + shark scene alone), any Star Wars movie released before 1984
Favorite TV show(s) as a kid: Family Ties, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Cheers
Best remake(s): Battlestar Galactica (2004), Star Trek (2009)
Favorite junk food: Rock Salt & Vinegar chips by Hardbite
Guilty pleasure: A & W
Pet Peeve: people who get upset by armpit hair on women
Fun facts: Valedictorian of Grade 8 class (including shoulder pads), worked with RCMP and VPD on the Robert Pickton case, won two bronze medals at the 1989 Jeux Canada Games for rowing

Name: Chris Pockett
Favorite Fantasy Characters: Balthier & Fran, Haseo & Ovan, Caith & Zojja, Ichigo, Kirito & Sinon, Neku & Shiki, Drizzt Do’Urden & Guenhwyvar…
Favorite Games (or series): Pokemon, Guild Wars, .hack, Kingdom Hearts, Dungeons & Dragons, The World Ends With You, Magic: The Gathering…
Favorite Recipe to Bake: Pies (mostly apple or pumpkin though varies), crisps (predominately apple though mixes with rhubarb, strawberry, raspberry, pear are fun), and sweet bread loaves (lemon poppy seed, red velvet [with beet], cinnamon swirl, chocolate zucchini)
Pet Peeves: Bad code or design in computer programs.
Fun Facts: I’ve got a pair of ferrets named Ashera & Nyx along with my cats Zoe (grey) and Maya (orange) {both in the picture} and Rytlock. I also prefer tea to coffee and usually drink tea from Timmies or loose tea from home.

Name: Joel Salt
Favourite Song(s): A Day in the Life by The Beatles, Light of the Moon by Joel Plaskett
Favourite Television Show(s): Frasier, classic Heritage Minutes
Favourite Movie(s): Chimes at Midnight, The Princess Bride, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Half-Nelson
Favourite Grammatical Construction(s): the Oxford Comma
Favourite Book(s): Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock, 1 Henry IV by William Shakespeare, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, Sarah Binks by Paul Heibert
(Not so) Fun Fact: Won award for best attendance in primary school.
Fun Fact: Recently found a 7-year old Magic Gift Card while packing up house to move. Went to throw it out, but nostalgia wouldn’t allow it. Good thing, as it is worth $850!

Name: Laura Stewart
Favorite authors: Elizabeth George, Louise Penny, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Favorite movies: Music Man (1962), Singing in the Rain (1952), Casablanca (1942), Laura (1944 – no, that’s not the year I was born!)
Favorite TV shows: currently Love it or List it Vancouver, Masters of Flip (what’s up with shelving books backwards?)
Favorite places: British Columbia, Michigan, Mackinac Island,  San Francisco, Hawaii, McNally Robinson (or any bookstore), HOME
Favorite junk food: popcorn and more popcorn
Guilty pleasure: Purdy’s Coconut Fudgie bars (yum)
Most thrilling fun fact (or most unlikely person to): catch a foul ball at a major league baseball game. Yes, it’s true! August 10, 2010, Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers vs Tampa Bay Rays. To quote my astonished daughter “You caught the ball!”

Name: Karim Tharani

Fun Fact: LS&IT’s (quite possibly the University’s) only employee who has not watched a single episode of Game of Thrones.

Pet Peeve: Unnamed LS&IT team members going on and on and on… about Game of Thrones right outside my office!

Guilty Pleasure: Waiting for those rare days when Craig is not in his office and stealing from his self-branded jar of unsalted mixed nuts.

Please note that conversation outside of Karim’s office door no longer happens. We heard his message loud and clear. We now make sure to stand inside Karim’s office for these conversations so he isn’t left out 🙂

Name: John Yobb
Favorite Books: “Why Do We Sleep” by Matthew Walker, Science fiction from the 40’s and 50’s
Favorite Movies: Matrix, THX1138
Video games that have taken over my life at some point: GTA5, Skate 3, Quake II
Favorite Food: Dates with chocolate and an ice coffee
Activities: Biking, Building stuff, Horticulture, Walking dogs while listening to podcasts
Dependents: Luke and Anna (human), Victor, Rosie, Scooter (Canine)
Fun Facts: Spent a few decades skateboarding and snowboarding. My first wife Liv Marken also works in the library.

Name: Michael Laurie Zinkowski (My dad’s dad was named Michael and my mom’s dad was Laurie)
Favourite junk food: Zesty Cheese Doritos, Diet Pepsi (tried for the first time at our block party in ’92, have never looked back)
Favourite food: Chicken Wings and/or Pizza
Favourite TV Shows: I love lots of TV series, but top 3 are .. The Shield, Deadwood, Game of Thrones (fell to 3rd spot after S8…Shame)
Guilty Pleasure (TV): Big Brother (only the American (summer) Edition though)
Guilty Pleasure (Food): Eating Honey Nut Cheerios out of a Salad Serving Bowl (don’t judge me! It saves me from having to go refill a regular bowl 4 or 5 times!)
Pet peeve: people that walk into my office with drum sticks and start drumming on things 🙂
Favourite possession: our 9ft tall Christmas Tree!
Fun facts: I love swimming and am happy my daughters love swimming also and will join me in the water, no matter how cold it is! As a kid I loved ALL karate movies. I’ve been playing baseball since I was 4 and still play

12 thoughts on “And now for something completely different…

  1. Oh, these are very good profiles!! One of my fave books is also The Stand, the “new” Battlestar Galactica is FAR better than the original (and I was glued to the original in the 70s because Dirk Benedict was a hunk – we also said “hunk” in the 70s), and the Oxford comma is the best grammatical construction ever!

  2. I love this! I’d love to say, “I work in the wrong department” but I think we’re all pretty rad at the library 🙂
    Which department is going to do this next??

  3. These. Are. AMAZING!

    Don’t worry Karim, I’ve also never seen a single GoT episode 🙂

    Shannon – I echo your thoughts on the Annie Lennox concert.

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