Bob Rae was out on the road this week in Southern Ontario. I followed him for a bit of his trip and will have a fuller report in tomorrow's paper.
Though I've been covering Rae's speeches on and off for years now, in a couple of his political incarnations, I'd never heard this story he told to a crowd in London this week.
It was the 1979 federal campaign and Rae was out knocking on doors on a sweltering hot day in May. He rapped on one door and a woman's voice yelled out: "Just come on in."
He went into the house and found the woman sitting, watching TV, stark naked.
She said to him: "Oh, you're Bob Rae, aren't you?"
Rae, almost dumbstruck, managed to reply that yes, that was his name.
"Oh," she said. "I thought you were the Consumers Gas guy."
He said his only thought was that maybe he'd gone into the wrong line of work.