|Norman Hetherington & Mister Squiggle
||[Dec. 7th, 2010|08:45 am]
At Huttcon 1990 I watched Norman and his daughter Rebecca enthral an audience of 400 adults with a Mister Squiggle Show. In 1999 I attempted to get him to appear at Aussiecon 3, but the ABC had him solidly booked up over that period for Mr. Squiggle's 40th Anniversary.
I was privileged to meet Norman on a couple of occasions, and to once have a two hour phone conversation with him. He was every bit as gentle and lovely a man as the character of Mr. Squiggle.
This isn't the original TV puppet of Mister Squiggle, but one made in 1980 for a proposed ABC film, The Great Moon Robbery.
Because the original show was thrown on air with very little notice, Norman had to rush the building of the puppets, hence Blackboard only ever having one working eye.
Out of all the puppets at the exhibition, Bill Steamshovel was the most amazing. Even as a static display he has loads of personality that comes through. You can see it better in the next photo.
Gus the Snail was an annoying prat, but then again, that was sort of his purpose.
Mr. Squiggle was always one of my favourite shows, a sweet and comfortable escape from life's woes. I'm glad I have a few episode on videotape so that I can show some to Lex and MaybeZoe at some point.
Thank you Norman, you will be missed.