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