Archive for October 8th, 2011

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“Hi, I’m Denise Young and I’d like to read to you from a memoir I wrote that was published in Meanjin,  about the coming of television to Australia in the fifties when I was a child and especially how it brought Johnny O’Keefe, the host of Six O’Clock Rock.

Dinner time became a rush for us kids to bolt our food and get back to the TV in time, as the chimes of Big Ben counted down the hours while two people jived in silhouette. And then, at six o’clock precisely, Johnny would magically be there, pushing away Big Ben and stale Olde England with his opening howl ‘Come on everybody, let’s rock!’ and I’d be off, rocking away with him, spilling the lemonade from the big parfait glass in my hand that I pretended was champagne.

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