Today marks the 93rd birthday of the late Norman Hetherington who played Mr. Squiggle (voice and puppetry) in the beloved Australian children’s TV show. The show ran from 1959 to 1999 – a total of 40 years.
Hetherington himself was born in 1921 and died in 2010. He was a member of the First Australian Army Entertainment in the second world war. Today Google acknowledges Mr. Hetherington in a google doodle.
Mr. Squiggle was a non-human being with a pencil for a nose, who lived on the moon and traveled to Earth each episode in a rocket. This probably makes Mr. Squiggle the earliest science fiction that I was exposed to – possibly sparking my life-long love of the genre.
See an example of the show below.