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Australian space icon: Mr Squiggle, the Man from the Moon

31 Jan 2020, 05:25 UTC
Australian space icon: Mr Squiggle, the Man from the Moon
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The impact of the Space Age was not just in science and technology - it was also in popular and everyday culture. If you were a kid growing up in Australia from the 1960s until the the 1990s, you would have been familiar with a children's television icon: Mr Squiggle, the Man from the Moon. Mr Squiggle is a huge part of Australian television history, but I'm more interested in what the programme says about how space travel was perceived in the 1960s and after. Squiggle basicsThis is Mr Squiggle's theme tune:Here's Mr SquiggleWith lots of fun for everyoneHere's Mr Squiggle, sing a happy tuneYou can see we're as happy as can beMr Squiggle, the man from the Moon.Mr Squiggle was the brainchild of political cartoonist and puppeteer Norman Hetherington. The pencil-nosed puppet's television debut was in 1959. At first Mr Squiggle was part of a six week stint on the Children's TV Club on the ABC, but soon gained his own stand-alone programme. Margaret, who married Norman in 1958, wrote the scripts for the show while Norman performed all the character voices. (Note that while Norman has his own Wikipedia page, Margaret doesn't).Children would send in their 'squiggles', and ...

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