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Page 8 - Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 www.MelbourneObserver.com.au Melbourne Extra Whatever Melbourne Observer Happened To ... Jonathan Daly Travel Extra Cruise Tangelo moves to Brighton By Kevin Trask of 3AW and 96.5 Inner FM ■ Long-time Toorak foodie favourite Tangelo Fine Foods has opened a branch in Brighton. The new Brighton outlet follows 17 years in Toorak serving some of Melbourne’s favourite take- home dinners. Guests sipped Bollinger champagne and enjoyed delicious finger food. Guests included Channel 10 ■ A genuine-value newsman Mike Larkan, Mia Greves from Seven 16-night package News, V8 driver Cameron McConville and wife ● Delo and Daly that includes a 14- Cassandra, Brigid McIntyre of Channel 9, Sarah ■ I still remember the first appearance of the night Asia cruise, Vizard, and Collins St restaurateur Robert Graziosi. American comedy team Delo & Daly on Gra- return flights to Invitees also include 7-Eleven's Bev Barlow, busi- ham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight. Singapore and a nesswoman Jan Hunter, Margaret Porritt of Feath- Ken Delo and Jonathan Daly took Melbourne night at the ers, Kim Fletcher of Kim Fletcher Millinery Art, by storm in 1959. Tom Miller had booked them Novotel Clarke Glenys McInnes of St Silas Albert Park and Brighton for a four-week season at GTV9. At that time, Quay pre- and residents Jeff and Jane Burrow, Andrea Brant and American acts such as Tommy Hanlon Jnr and post-cruise, is not Amanda Kearvel. Larry K Nixon came to Australia for television just a one-off spe- appearances and because of their popularity were cial – it’ll be avail- given their own shows. McGowan’s able through When Norm Spencer left Channel Nine and ecruising.travel ev- went to Channel Seven he signed Delo and Daly ery fortnight be- for various programs which were produced at the Fitzroy Teletheatre. tween April and October 2009, with prices start- ing from just Melbourne In 1962 a ‘talk show’ titled Daly at Night hosted by Jonathan Daly began on Channel Seven and actor Frank Thring was one of the regular panel guests. Whenever they need to fill a few minutes $3049pp twin- share, including Ties that bind, 51 years on Jonathan would turn to Frank and they would ad gratuities. lib brilliant dialogue. Sadly the show was before Cruising is ● Mia Greves of Seven News and Kate Osborn it's time. Today, popular shows such as The David aboard the inti- were at the opening of a Toorak favourite, Tan- Letterman Show and Jay Leno use a similar for- mate Costa Allegra gelo Fine Foods in Church Street, Brighton, mat. Viewers at that time expected Jonathan to owned by Deborah Jones. jump up and sing a song. Sadly Daly at Night that carries no was cancelled. more than 800 Delo and Daly appeared on afternoon shows guests, with visits From The Outer such as Name That Tune and Who Do You Trust? to Ho Chi Minh These were the great days of television variety. City, Da Nang, What has happened to television these days? Hong Kong, Manila, - most of it is unwatchable. In my opinion televi- Kota Kinabalu, sion programs of today have sunk to an all time Brunei and a night low with sex, language and violence constantly aboard ship back in thrust upon us. (Am I the only one who feels this Melbourne way?) Singapore. Return air is in- Observer Ken Delo returned to America but was kojak@ brought back in 1963 by Norm Spencer for a tele- cluded from mmnet.com.au vision variety series that won the Logie for the Sydney, Melb- With John Pasquarelli best National Variety Series. The Delo and Daly ourne, Brisbane, Show utilised the talents of Vikki Hammond and Cairns Adelaide ■ This time last year I was celebrating 50 years ■ The entertainment at the the brilliant choreography of Joe Latona. The show and Darwin; air since I left Box Hill Tech and started work as a ‘Dreamtime at the G’ Richmond and relied on comedy and it was a very popular se- taxes applicable at skinny office boy/message runner at 3UZ. Essendon game sadly used divisive ries. time of booking It is now 51 years since then. I was 14 years of politics to exploit a game of Aussie Ken Delo and Jonathan Daly had teamed up are additional. age with no idea of what lay ahead, but anything Rules. in an Army Entertainment Unit in America and Costa Allegra had to be better than a few more years at school. The usual suspects were all there – worked in night clubs as a comedy team before For as long as I could remember I wanted to from very pale and too many pudgy coming to Australia. Delo & Daly broke up in 1964. brings a touch of tribal dancers and didgeridoo players I did see Jonathan Daly in the play No Sex Italy to cruising in talk on the wireless. The big polished wood to the Screaming Skull himself – Peter Please We're British at the Metro in Bourke Asia, including din- Stromberg Carlson in the lounge room, and the Garrett, singing along with other Ab- Street which was co-written by Anthony Marriott. ing in a restaurant small white bakelite Astor Mickey in the kitchen original activists to the usual black Jonathan pursued a career as a writer and spent that offers spec- fascinated me. armband hymns praising the ‘noble time in London writing plays with Anthony. tacular views As for the crystal set in my bedroom, well this savage’ and condemning the evil white By 1967 Jonathan was in Los Angeles ap- through the ship’s magic little thing that was attached to a long wire man. pearing in guest roles in television shows such almost all-glass- on the side fence, opened the world to me. The use of the word ‘indigenous’ to as Bewitched, The Partridge Family and Petti- wall stern. That crystal set made for me by my Dad, mean black Aboriginal Australians is coat Junction. In 1971 he landed the regular role There’s an- helped me learn about The Dam Busters, Cheshire deceptive and corrupt. of Peter Howard, James Stewart's son, in The VC, The Great Escape and The Goons. The word has a latin root ‘indigena’ Jimmy Stewart Show. The show was cancelled other restaurant, which means ‘born in’ while Encarta in 1972. He continued to play roles in television nine bars, two This radio thing was super, and I wanted to be defines it as ‘belonging to a place – and film. pools, four jacuzzis, part of it. originating in and naturally living, Jonathan established his own theatre com- an outdoor jogging Mum was OK about me going to work. Dad growing or occurring in a region or pany in Los Angeles and worked as a drama track, and fitness wasn’t. A man named Tiny Snell, who was a broad- country.’ On that basis, everyone born teacher. He has become a successful playwright centre with gym, caster at 3UZ at the time, told my Mother there in Australia is indigenous. and one of his plays has been made into a film. treatment rooms, was no future in radio, and I had to be convinced Describing ‘indigenous’ footballers His most recent television appearance was in an sauna and steam to get a trade instead. as Aboriginal also has its problems as episode of Law & Order. room; more lei- That was fuel for my Dad, but my Mother was many of these people are far from dark Jonathan's two children are both in surely pastimes in- not convinced. and drawing attention to their heritage showbusiness. His son Rad Daly has been a very To start work at 45 Bourke Street I had to get does not change the colour of their successful actor and his daughter Jules Daly was clude a two-deck skin. one of the producers of the recent Brad Pitt film theatre, casino, long pants. You couldn’t go to work in short pants, The skills of these players are not in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Cow- disco, library, shop- although I did apply for the job in shorts. question but the current mythology ard Robert Ford. ping centre, The only tie I owned was the brown,-green- demands that they must be applauded Jonathan still maintains close contact with children’s club and and-gold of the Tech. School. as being displayed by people who are his dear friend Ken Delo who worked for many an internet point. Aged 14, in long pants, and with a new tie, it in fact not white. years on The Lawrence Welk Show. For full details all started those 51 years ago, in 1957. Can someone please tell me how Jonathan Daly will be my special interview phone 1300 369 These days I wear shorts whenever I can, have many full blooded Aborigines are cur- guest during That's Entertainment on 96.5FM 848 or visit lots of ties but rarely wear one, and never give a rently playing first grade AFL? at Noon on Sunday (June 1). We will also chat www.ecruising.travel thought to Tiny Snell. You can send an e-mail with English songwriter Mitch Murray who wrote An occasional column. to John Pasquarelli: hit songs such as Bonnie & Clyde and I Did What - David Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org I Did for Maria.
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