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A dangerous ladies' man hits town

When ran into Joe Warmington at the Holiday Inn this week, we failed at first to make positive identification.

When ran into Joe Warmington at the Holiday Inn this week, we failed at first to make positive identification.

That's because the Former-Sault-Star-Hack-Turned-Toronto-Sun-Bigfoot-Columnist wasn't wearing his usual studio-gangster hat (shown in a file photo from last year.)

But Warmington's trademark fedora was nearby, on a chair.

And make no mistake about it, The Joe You Know From T.O. is back and writing up a storm.

We learned Warmington was in town when we spotted him (okay, he actually recognized before we recognized him) at Wednesday's Loney family news conference.

Since then, he's been out to the Echo Bay area to solve the mystery of the Supposed Spy Plane That Flew To Bar River But Never Left.

And Joe's got yet another column in today's Toronto Sun, cramming in enough famous Saultites to fill a whole row of counter stools at Ernie's.

Marilyn NiCastro gets a mention in today's piece.

So do Michael Quinn and Doug Millroy and Al Pyette.

And Joe throws in a gaggle of lesser-known Saultbies including Ron Francis, Phil and Tony Esposito, Roberta Bondar, Ken Danby, Wayne Gretzky and Joe Fratesi.

Warmington is known for an affable manner that belies the devastating effectiveness with which he combines expensive cameras and hats with cheap pick-up lines to transform himself into a nationally ranked playa.

And sometimes he doesn't even need the pick-up lines.

"Hey, guy with the hat. Why do you have that camera?" Grace Shawanda asked him last year in a bar in Whitefish Falls.

Joe ended up wrangling that chance encounter into a boat ride with Grace and her friends.

"This just doesn't happen in Toronto .... Love those Northern Ontario women!" he later told his readers back in in the Big Smoke. advises our readers to securely stow all wives, girlfriends and daughters during the remainder of the studly scribe's Sault soujourn.

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David Helwig's journalism career spans seven decades beginning in the 1960s. His work has been recognized with national and international awards.
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