Alberta culture hero who slowly faded from sight as his son lessor Link took over his empire and ran it into the ground. Byfield the Elder went on to publishing ventures that tempted fate and challenged good taste until his death. Byfield was a presiding, if not exactly guiding spirit of right wing social and economic policy in Western Canada for 20 years, and also an all-round ass-kicking egomaniac. It was hard not to admire him for saying what he meant, not hiding who he wanted to kick in the ass, and for doing a surprisingly good job of covering local culture in his Alberta and B.C.-centred news magazines. Too bad his virtues aren’t as common as his short-comings are within the right wing in this country.