Happy 40th. Birthday,
This portrait by Steve
Panozzo was completed in commemoration of Mr. Squiggle's 40th.
Mr. Squiggle and Friends, easily
Australia's longest-running television programme, turned 40 on July
1, 1999. Mr. Squiggle uses his pencil-nose to create recognisable
drawings from children's squiggles, always drawing them
"Everything's upside-down these
days", Mr. Squiggle is often fond of saying.
The creation of Norman Hetherington,
a former cartoonist for The Bulletin (he took over as head cartoonist
from Norman Lindsay), Mr. Squiggle lives on the moon at 93 Crater
Crescent. He travels to Earth in his trusty pet, Rocket, and is ably
assisted by Bill Steamshovel, the grumpy Blackboard, Gus the Snail
and a human helper.
Squiggle's current helper is
Rebecca Hetherington, the show's sixth presenter, while Norman's wife,
Margaret, has written all the scripts over the past 40 years.
In a surprising twist, Squiggle's experiences in living on the moon
have made the character a popular guest at science fiction
Norman was presented with an Order
of Australia in 1990, saying, "this Order is in my family's
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