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GINGER MEGGS: He’ll reach 100 years young, the little rascal!

GINGER MEGGS, NEXT YEAR, WILL BECOME THE LONGEST SUCCESSFUL COMIC IN AUSTRALIA. GRAND YEARS WILL RUN A SPECIAL FEATURE ON THIS OUTSTANDING CHARACTER … THE LITTLE RASCAL. PLUS A STRIP FROM THE 1940S. ILLUSTRATION BY KEMSLEY.


OZ SPOT: ‘THIS IS THE ABC’ – In 1932, the Australia Broadcasting Commission went to air

A FAMILY GATHERING LISTENS TO THE ABC. Below: THE NATIONAL STUDIO OF THE ABC.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ON FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1932, AFTER 8PM, IT WAS ANNOUNCED BY MANAGER CONRAD CHARLTON THAT “THIS IS THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION” NOW ON AIR.

THE TRANSMISSION IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE REACHED SIX PERCENT OF OUR POPULATION OF 400,000 WHICH TUNED IN FROM AS FAR AWAY AS PERTH.

THE THREE MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES WERE LEAD BY LIBERAL PRIME MINISTER JOSEPH LYONS, LABOR LEADER JAMES SCULLIN AND DR EARLE PAGE OF THE COUNTRY PARTY. ALL THREE MADE THEIR OWN SPEECH, WHICH WAS BROADCAST FROM THREE DIFFERENT CAPTITAL CITIES.

IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG AND FRUITFUL JOURNEY FOR THE ABC.

THE COMMISSION WAS RENAMED THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION IN 1983. IT BECAME NOT ONLY A SOURCE FOR NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT; BUT LIFE SAVING BULLETINS SUCH AS BUSHFIRE, FLOODS, ETC.

IN 1934 THE JOURNALIST, P.C. MURPHY, WAS APPOINTED. THEN FOLLOWED THE ABC’s FIRST FEDERAL NEWS EDITOR, FRANK DIXON, IN 1936 AND THE FIRST CANBERRA CORRESPONDENT, WARREN DENNING, IN 1939.

DENNING DID THE BROADCAST FROM THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE PRESS GALLERY.

TODAY, THE ABC OPERATES FOUR NATIONAL RADIO STATIONS, 54 LOCAL STATIONS, AND 5 TELEVISION CHANNELS. TELEVISION BROADCASTING HAD TO WAIT UNTIL 1956.

<< The full version ‘This in the ABC’ was written by RAHS’s Elizabeth Hefferman; Frank Morris provided extra material involving the news area. 

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TIMELINES: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MEBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1949
THE REEDS RETURN TO HEIDE IN SEPTEMBER. SUNDAY PLANTS THE HEART GARDEN IN MEMORY OF HER LOVE AFFAIR WITH NOLAN.
1951
THE REEDS MEET PAINTER CHARLES BLACKMAN AND HIS WIFE BARBARA, A WRITER AND ARTISTS’ MODEL. THE REEDS BECOME THE FIRST MAJOR COLLECTORS OF BLACKMAN’S WORK. CONTINUES BELOW.


FOODFROLICO: Drink List for Christmas. The success of Prosecco -- the fastest growing sparkling wine

Prosecco is, internationally, now the world’s most popular sparkling wine, since overtaking Champagne in sales. In Australia, over the past two years, Prosecco’s sales have doubled.

Sparkling wines, such as Prosecco, cannot be classified as a champagne. Originally, Prosecco comes from the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy and uses a grape called “Glera”.

The palate is light, fresh and creamy; and fruit is prominent with aromas of white peaches, pear and citrus.
Proseccos are cheaper to make than Champagne. The secondary fermentation occurs in a pressurised tank; the bubbles are captured and the wine is then bottled under pressure.

WINE BOOK REVIEW …

Prosecco, Luigi Bolton.

Prosecco, the name of an Italian village, is a sort of everyman’s champagne. In part, the author explains, how the change came about is a history of the prosecco wine; also an oral history documenting Italian presence in Britain. When Italian cuisine came to them in Britain, so did Prosecco, said the author, all brought to life through a vivid series of portraits on immigrants. The author adds: “A wine merchant recalled his childhood on Saturdays with his father and uncle at the local winery filling up their demi-johns. But as much as the emergence of Prosecco was a cultural import … it was also determinedly marketed by London restaurants and key wine-making families”.

Available in book store. << Spectrum, 2020.

NEXT: THE WORLD OF DRINK … WITH FLAVOURED GIN!


AUTHORS: Zane Grey, US novelist, knew where all the bad men were!  

THE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR ZANE GREY’S BOOKS ALWAYS DEPICTED THE HERO AS TOUGH AS NAILS. Below: ZANE GREY AT THE PEAK OF HIS CAREER.

GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS! HE KNEW BOTH KINDS AND LIVED TO TELL THE TALE.

FRANK MORRIS

Zane Grey actually stood face-to-face with gunslingers, gamblers and lawmen which were passed on to him by men in the know. Grey went on to hunt mountain lions with Indians and outlaws with the Texas Rangers.

He knew the good guys and the bad guys of the West – Grey knew both kinds. And he lived to tell about it.

Grey sought out men, real men, and what they had to tell him about Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Captain McNelly of the Texas Rangers and General George Armstrong Custer left nothing to the imagination.

He would play poker with Arizona card sharks. He would talk and walk with the dance-hall girls until their pretty lips would say, “I’ve told you everything”; and cowboys, who had looked into the icy eyes of William Bonney, Billy the Kid.

He got the fair-dinkum facts about the most gruelling episodes in the history of the West, firsthand.

Take a novel like The Border Legion, for instance. It is based on eye witness accounts of how an outlaw army, led by Henry Plummer and Boone Helm, robbed, murdered and terrorised the town of Alder Gulch on the Idaho-Montana border.

In the end, Plummer and Helm were captured and hanged by a group of vigilantes who took the law into their own hands.

Lassiter, from Riders of the Purple Sage, was one of the most feared guns in the West and gambled his life, and the woman he loved, for one last chance at freedom. This has been perhaps the most popular Western ever written.

The book captured the drama and the nuances of the Mormon struggle for existence that ever took place in the bleak and hostile Utah territory.

Hide-hunter Tom Doan, the figure head of the novel The Thundering Herd, rides to rescue a kidnapped girl, but Doan is trapped between rampaging Comanches and miles of stampeding buffalo.

Grey describes in vivid detail the methods used by hide-hunters as well as virtually every aspect of their lives; his realistic accounts of the killing and skinning of the buffalo have never been surpassed.

There’s also Wildfire, Arizona Ames, Maverick Queen, The Vanishing American and The Hash Knife Outfit, and many others, each written with the hell-for-leather realism that makes Grey one of the most popular of all Western scribes.

In his lifetime, Grey originated more than 90 Western novels. His last abode in Pennsylvania has been taken over by the National Parks Service and turned into a museum.

Grey died in 1939. He was 67.

<< Written from the material of The Grey Zane Library, 1976

BAD GUY: WILLIAM BONNEY, BILLY THE KID.

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TIMELINES:  THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1953
THE REEDS, TOGETHER WITH MAX HARRIS AND BARRETT REID, BEGIN A NEW CULTRAL MAGAZINE, ERN MALLEY’S JOURNAL, WHICH THEY PUBLISH UNTIL 1955. CONTINUES NEXT ISSUE.
TIMELINES SPECIAL: ‘ERN MALLEY’, WRITTEN BY NORMAN MACSWAN IN THE RICHARD HUGHES BIOGRAPHY, IN THE MAN WHO READ THE EAST WIND. NEXT.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON NOVEMBER 2.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 19 October 20

THE NEWSPAPER RAINBOW: You can have any colour newsprint of your choice!

HOW THE SALMON PINK NEWSPARER STANDS OUT. Below: EVEN SPORTING NEWSPARERS GLOW IN PINK.

PICK A COLOUR. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT SHADE YOU CHOOSE.

FRANK MORRIS

During the 15th century newspaper owners used to wash dye through the newsprint to get a light shade of pink. Coloured newsprint has been mainly a drawcard for the print industry from the early 19 century.

Newspaper owners made the switch to pink to make their paper look different from others.

In 1917 a Sydney editor wanted to make his newspaper, The Surf, a stand-out at the newsagent, so he’s selected a pink newsprint … until it was unavailable to the industry.

In Australia, in the early 1990s, one of the weekend papers printed their masthead in pink to tie in with the Breast Cancer Awareness promotions.

In the 1970s, I can recall that the Sun changed its race guide to yellow. In return, the Mirror came out with a ‘pink’ race guide.

The Mirror ran a 30 second radio campaign ending “… and now with the Mirror you are always in the pink!”
In Britain, a pink newspaper was usually selected by the financial press.

In 1893, the British Financial Times celebrated its 100 years printed on pink newsprint … to separate it from the Financial News. The newsprint was later changed to the familiar Salmon pink.

The Financial Times was not the only daily journal to use pink newsprint; but the honour goes to many of the sporting newspapers such as the Sporting Times, Sport Argus, Sport Globe, etc.

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TIMELINE: HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
IN THE 188Os ARTHUR STREETON, TOM ROBERTS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HEIDELBERG SCHOOL PAINTED SCENES FROM THE LOCAL AREA AND, IN THE MEANTIME, PAINTED IT INTO HISTORY.

GRAND YEARS CONTINUES ITS YEAR BY YEAR SOJOURN IN THE FAMILY BUILDING, NAME HEIDE, AFTER THE NEARBY TOWNSHIP IN HEIDELBERG, MELBOURNE.

GY’s LAST ENTRY WAS MADE TWO YEARS AGO, WITH JOHN REED AND SUNDAY QUINN GETTING MARRY, IN 1932. SIDNEY NOLAN NEARLY COMPLETED THE NED KELLEY SERIES IN 1946. CONTINUED BELOW.
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The inventive George Newes, one of the outstanding regenerators of magazine and newspaper publishing in the 19th century, printed the Evening Westminster Gazette in sea green newsprint.,

Newes used all his creative powers to retail this to his would-be readers. He said: “Evening newspapers are largely read by people going home in badly lit railway carriages, omni-buses, etc.

“White paper and black ink may do very well for a reader sitting at home if you are on a steady floor and with sufficient light.

“But to try and read it … in what railway companies are pleased to call a light while jolted about in a railway carriage is very injurious to the eyesight”.

LOOT, the weekly classified advertising newspaper in UK, made every edition a new colour – Monday to Friday.

For example, Monday it was gold; Tuesday, red; Wednesday, green; Thursday, blue; and Friday, Pink.

The image of changing colour to pink for the race guide is also a promotional builder.

The Daily Mirror dragged in some 15,000 extra readers from the Sun Golden Guide just by reinforcing to people that “they are in the pink.”

That was in the middle 1970s.

Promoting a colour, such a pink, is not a bad idea. In the Mirror case, there were thousands of extra readers at stake when looking for a viable pink option.

Frank Morris comment: The Daily Mirror spent a hefty bundle promoting the Pink Race Guide. I think, at this stage, the Mirror printed all the advertisements of the race guide in pink.

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TIMELINE: HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1947
IN JULY, SIDNEY NOLAN COMPLETES THE KELLY SERIES AND LEAVES HEIDE (THE HOUSE) TO TRAVEL THROUGH QUEENSLAND.
JOY HESTER IS DIAGNOSED WITH HODGKIN LYMPHOMA. SHE LEAVE SWEENEY, HER SON, WITH ALBERT TUCKER WHILE SHE MOVES TO SYDNEY WITH NEW PARTNER GRAY SMITH.
ALBERT TUCKER DEPARTS MELBOURNE FOR EUROPE IN OCTOBER, LEAVING SWEENEY IN THE REEDS’ CARE. CONTINUED BELOW.


BOB ROGERS … His last program ended a 78 year radio career

BOB ROGERS … THE “FIFTH BEATLE”.  (BELOW)

FRANK MORRIS

BOB ROGERS, 93, CALLS IT A DAY. ROGERS ENDED HIS BROADCASTING CAREER LASTING A REMARKABLE SPIRITED 78 YEARS.

ROGERS EARNED THE TITLE OF THE ‘FIFTH BEATLE’ WHEN HE TOURED WITH THE WORLD LEADING POP GROUP, THE BEATLES, IN 1964s.

I MET ROGERS ONCE WHEN HE WAS STARTING 20 PLUS YEARS WITH 2CH, BUT LISTENED TO HIM FROM THE DAYS HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF AS “HIDIE HODIE EVERYBOIE! ON 2UE.

ROGERS WAS A GOOD PAL OF JOHNNY O’KEEFE. EVEN THEN, ROGERS REGARDED O’KEEFE AS “AUSTRALIA’S FIRST GENUINE ROCK ‘N ROLL PERSONALITY”.

IN AUGUST 1959, HE WROTE IN HIS COLUMN FOR A KIDS MAGAZINE, THAT “HE’S PROBABLY NOT THE GREATEST SINGER, BUT GUSHES A FRIENDLY PERSONALITY”.

ROGERS FIRST MET ‘THE WILD ONE’ IN THE 1950s AND BECAME A LONG TIME FRIEND.

ROGERS WAS ONE THE O’KEEFE PALLBEARERS AT HIS FRIEND’S FUNERAL WHEN HE DIED IN 1978.

WILL ROGERS MISS ‘HANGING UP THE HEADPHONES’ OR NOT. I PROBABLY WILL, ROGERS SAID. “BUT AT 93, I THINK IT’S TIME”.

“I THINK IT’S TIME!” SAYS BOB ROGERS.


LET’S LAUGH WITH THE CAT …

“WHO IS THE SMARTEST ONE?” ME!


YOUR DOG: Boxer dogs show great strength of character

NO WONDER I GOT OFF TO ROCKY START. MY NAME SAYS IT ALL!

FRANK MORRIS

MATE, I AM A BOXER. FANCY CALLING DOGS A BOXER! SOME EXPERTS SAY THAT THEY SEE SOME TERRIER STRAIN IN MY SMOOTH-HAIRED COAT AND THE WAY I LOOK. I SAY NO. BY AND LARGE, MATE, I AM A BOXER. I AM RECOGNISED AS A BOXER, IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

My name is Beau. I didn’t like at first, but that’s the way things go.

After all that is explained, I feel like a dog who has gone twelve rounds with a bruiser in a rough and tumble fight.
They reckon I’m tough. The answer is … no! I can hold my own, but tough, no.

Mate, I am medium-size dog with basically a fawn shaded undercarriage, white chest and paws and black snout.

The fact that I hail from Germany is a tell-tale sign. I am five years of age – that 25 years in human terms – and feeling good for my age.

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TIMELINE: HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1948
SIDNEY NOLAN MOVES TO SYDNEY FROM QUEENSLAND. HE MARRIES CYNTHIA REED ON MARCH 25, CAUSING A PERMANENT ESTRAGEMENT WITH THE REEDS.
IN AUGUST, THE REEDS AND SWEENEY TRAVEL TO EUPOPE FOR A YEAR AND MEET WITH ALBERT TUCKER IN PARIS TO DISCUSS SWEENEY’S FUTURE.
THEY ALSO ARRANGE TWO EXHIBITIONS OF NOLAN’S NED KELLY SERIES IN PARIS AND ROME.
JOY HESTER AND GRAY SMITH RETURN TO MELBOURNE, SETTLING AT HURSTBRIDGE. CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.
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Do I understand the German language? No.

My owner is well read, though. She is a professor of science and, from what I hear, she is very high up the totem pole.

I was dozing in the shade when I heard her tell a friend all about my forbears that I was a descended from a Bullenbeisser crossed with a mastiff-type dog, bulldog and possibly a Great Dane too boot.

Mate, now I know why people get me confused with Great Danes. “What is he?” yells a fella from a truck. “A Great Dane,” was the reply.

“Geeze.” I felt like crying.

In the past, mate, I was told we used to control cattle in the slaughterhouses and were originally bred to be guard dogs. We were there to chase off the villains, rascals and thieves.

But I’m pleased that’s all behind me. On the whole, I love home and the harmonious family atmosphere that goes with it.

My owner takes me on long walks along the beach front where we stay for hours. I am off the leash and meet with my friends, especially a female boxer. That’s my kind of life!

I eat well. I sleep like a kitten. I’m taken to the vet for a check-up. I’m content – yes, that’s the word. No stress, no foibles.

And do you what, mate? I’m the dog who prefers to make love rather than bark!


VALE: HELEN REDDY, THE SINGER, HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 78. REDDY WAS QUEEN OF 1970s POP. HER HITS INCLUDED I AM WOMAN, DELTA DAWN AND AIN’T NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY.
CONGRATS: ONE OF SYDNEY’S PREMIER ATTRACTIONS, LUNA PARK, IS 85 YEARS YOUNG. ARTIST ARTHUR BARTON CREATED THE SPECIAL MAGIC AT LUNA PARK WHICH OPENED IN 1935.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 19.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 05 October 20

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