Craigie Veitch is a former Racing Editor and Sports Editor with Scotsman Publications. When the computer came into his office he took early retirement, along with the hot metal.
Since then, he has become one of the country's busiest after dinner speakers.
Craigie has addressed the ex-pats in Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Beirut and Lisbon. He has covered the UK and top tabled with The Institute of Petroleum at the Grosvenor House, the Variety Club of Great Britain, The Newspaper's and Advertisers Golfing Society, as well as numerous Round Table Soirees. He has addressed the Yorkshire Master Builders in Hull and in York, and the RUC Football Club in Belfast, and the Arthur Andersen Company in Bournemouth.
Craigie is well known on the SFA, Scottish Golf, and Rugby Circuit and is a regular performer at testimonial dinners, corporate golf days and business seminars.
He is a man of letters, being a former East of Scotland Scrabble champion.
But his main educational claim to fame is that he once shared an inkwell at school with Sean Connery. And, in true journalistic style, insists he taught 007 all knows about acting and elocution.
Craigie was principal speaker when Sean was honoured with the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh.
Over the years, Craigie has told so many stories about Connery that he is now beginning to believe them. But, would a journalist lie?
Craigie is also a winner of the four prestigious Wit's Dinner Awards, including the Jackie Blanchflower Memorial Trophy.