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The RIP thread

TOT70

I'm just a suburban boy
Jul 27, 2004
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RIP, Bert. He gave so many great memories to so many people.

I told this story at my dear Dad’s funeral a few years ago as part of his eulogy.

A few years before Dad passed, he had chest infection and ended up at the Austin Hospital for a couple of days. He was an Italian man who had lived in Australia for a big part of his life. His English was pretty good but he had his moments.

Anyway, the Hospital must have been full at the time, so Dad ended up in the Olivia Newton John Wellness Centre. Technically, it hadn’t opened yet but was just about ready to go and that week, a handful of patients had been accommodated there, given they needed a few extra beds.

He had spent a day there when I popped in after work to see has he was faring. Dad was having a ball. There was hardly anyone in the whole hospital and he was enjoying the full attention of the nurses.

”I really like staying at this new Bert Newton Hospital,” he told me very excitedly.

I corrected him by parroting back something really dense. “No, Dad, you have it all wrong. This is not the Bert Newton Hospital, it’s the Olivia Newton-John Wellness Centre!”

Dad took a while to reply as he considered this new information. Then he finished the conversation in the best possible manner. “What a nice man Bert is,” he told me very earnestly. “He named the hospital after his wife!”

RIP, Bert!
 
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CarnTheTiges

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Bert came up in a time where everything was live and they just had to think on their feet. It made he and the other pioneers much better hosts.
 
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The_General

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Not gonna say anything more than Vale Bert Newton. I think there's one or two more individuals that count as being Australian TV Icons alive, but none as big a presence as Bert Newton or Graham Kennedy.
 
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craig

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Bert came up in a time where everything was live and they just had to think on their feet. It made he and the other pioneers much better hosts.
Yep and the shows were better for it, and the Aussie humor and culture (killed off today) was to the fore.

The Graham Kennedy News show was the last real bastion of that style of irreverant Aussie TV when it was on whith Kenny chuckles Sutcliffe and then Johnny tears Mangos, Kennedy just being Kennedy. My Dad loved it.

Hey Hey and The Footy Shows (both AFL, and NRL) were the last of the breed its now lost.
 
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TigerForce

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Yep and the shows were better for it, and the Aussie humor and culture (killed off today) was to the fore.
Even watching Hey Hey it's 50 years the other week made me sad we can't see/have that anymore. Even more weirder it was on Ch 7 instead of Ch 9. WTF has happened to this country's showbiz.
 
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blofield

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Jul 20, 2005
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Last one from me tonight.

Bert being hysterical - interviewing a hammered Michael Cole from the Mod Squad at the 1973 Logies.

Australian television at it's finest. From an halcyon era that sadly will never be repeated again.

 
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LeeToRainesToRoach

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The Graham Kennedy News show was the last real bastion of that style of irreverant Aussie TV when it was on whith Kenny chuckles Sutcliffe and then Johnny tears Mangos, Kennedy just being Kennedy. My Dad loved it.
Was a latecomer to Graham Kennedy and never really went in for the likes of Blankety Blanks as a kid, which was more background noise than something I’d sit and watch. Loved the late news towards the end of my high school years.

Likewise not really into Bert but he was staple viewing for my parents. These people don’t have any equivalents today and it’s hard to convey in words the place they had in the public consciousness.
 
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taztiger4

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Jul 13, 2005
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Was a latecomer to Graham Kennedy and never really went in for the likes of Blankety Blanks as a kid, which was more background noise than something I’d sit and watch. Loved the late news towards the end of my high school years.

Likewise not really into Bert but he was staple viewing for my parents. These people don’t have any equivalents today and it’s hard to convey in words the place they had in the public consciousness.
Yes, That was real family entertainment.

Nowadays TV is full of *smile* edited "reality " shows.

Don't watch any of em
 
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artball

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RiP Bert.
As a kid i saw him on Swanston St, larger than life, and his head was really like the moon with a face.
 

Tigers of Old

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Bert Newton passing is a very sad day. Few bigger celebrities of my youth.
Just so talented & a true entertainer in every sense of the word. Above all he made people smile.
As others have said they don't build them like they used to.
RIP Moonface.
 
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Baloo

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Bert made everyone smile. There is no greater legacy for an entertainer.
 

Willo

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Former North Melbourne champion Russell Ebert.
Russell Ebert.
He was far more than that. Played just the one season at norf.

Absolute superstar of the code. 4 time Magarey Medallist when the SANFL was arguably at its strongest. Over 400 games, 3 time premiership player.

Also did an enormous amount of work in the community and fundraising for needy charities.

A magnificent player and a very humble and gracious man.
 
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