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

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