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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Humphrey the Bear - Lost for words


Humphrey the Bear, a non speaking Adelaide icon and national treasure has risen from the dead. Yesterday on the radio there was intense speculation that he was going to be canned. They were doing a virtual last rights and interviewing many of the people who had been Humphrey and who had been involved with him, on the assumption that he would be no more. One of the people was Humphrey for six years and described the challenges of wearing a bear suit for 12 hours at a time.

The production agreement with the Adelaide based production company is that the episodes could only be screened three times and there was only three episodes left. Yesterday, Channel 9, who have screened Humphrey since 1965 agreed to some new episodes.

My kids met Humphrey unexpectedly one day in the lift at the Adelaide Central Market. We were just going to do some shopping and Humphrey and his assistant walked into the lift. Hannah, who was five at the time, was able to adjust and say hello, but Ryan was petrified, even although he had a Humphrey doll, which he took to bed with him.

Welcome Back Humphrey the Bear

8 comments:

The Tin Drummer said...

This does indeed sound like something worth supporting - but some more background for us ignorant poms, Colin?

flametree said...

They keep trying to get him off the air, but Humphrey will never die :) Last time, it was because he didn't wear pants.

Colin Campbell said...

Tin Drummer

I inserted a link with more than you would ever want to know about Humphrey and more.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, I enjoyed the link! You mustn't let them take him off!

Shaymus O'flatulence's Blog said...

Well Percy Penguin may make a comeback too now penguins are cool...but last I heard he was on drugs. Fat Cat just missed the cut on Biggest loser.
There was a site recently looking at possible new jobs for Humphrey...Pole Dancer was very popular as was my suggestion...Using his arse to plug the ozone layer.
Hmmm bears should wear pants I think.

The Tin Drummer said...

ooops - didn't spot the link. Top chap, well done to him.

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