One of the truly great pleasures of hosting the Adelaide Remember When Facebook page and blog is reading the hundreds of emails I receive each week from regular followers, sharing their own memories of growing up in Adelaide during their childhood and adolescent years.
Julie Stokes wrote recently of memories about some of her favourite Adelaide TV presenters from the 60’s and 70’s; “Have just spent some time browsing this awesome site…. Love it… brings back so many memories of my childhood and teenage years…..Whatever happened to Winky Dink (played by Wendy Patching) on the kids’ shows in the afternoons on channel 9 and a host of other presenters like Anne North (who also did the weather), Bobo the Clown, Robbie the Robot and so many others. Colin Huddleston doing his show on Channel 9 in the 60’s? TV sure isn’t what it used to be!”
Another regular poster Nick Haines posted this photo and comment; “Another blast from the Channel 9 past. Anne North was my kindergarten teacher and she used to do the “cattle call” of former kindy students when they needed kids on the show. I got to be on two shows in 1968. I don’t remember much except not being nervous at all because Miss North was there”!
Andrea Veitch shared a memory of growing up in Adelaide; “In the late 60’s early 70’s, our regular favourite on a Friday night was dinner at the Gouger Café and a trip to the market for lollies from Dumbrell’s! All ready to tuck in to watch Deadly Earnest introduce the horror (or space) movie! Great times!!”
Deadly Earnest was the late-night horror movie host played by Hedley Cullen between 1967 to 1978 on Channel 10 Adelaide. “Awful Movies” featured mainly b-grade horror movies introduced by Deadly who would rise out of a coffin and had a couple of skulls, one called Yorrick, that he would talk to. The program was notorious for showing the absolute worst of supernaturally themed movies, even going so far as to present the ‘Worst Movie of the Year’ on at least one occasion.
And remember when Patsy Biscoe and Fat Cat hosted the afternoons children’s programme on Channel 10? Peter Osborne recalled; “From memory Patsy, actually started out on Nine with appearances on Here’s Humphrey, moving then to other children’s programmes such as Fat Cat and friends on SAS10. She had a background as a folk and jazz singer, but made her career out of children’s entertainment. This newspaper photo from 1973 is from Patsy’s own Photostream on Flickr and shows Fat Cat, Patsy and Noel O’Connor, fellow presenter on Channel 10, just after Patsy had been presented with a gold album award for her LP “Fifty Favourite Nursery Rhymes”.
All great memories, and to all those who contribute to our page and blog, thank you for sharing!