Martin advised me of the dates, which unfortunately didn't fit our Canadian plans. Then he dropped a bombshell and asked me to be a Guest Speaker at MANC and do a presentation on Australian Old Time Radio. WOW!
That blew Canada off the wish list for another year. We scrambled to find a tour of the U.S that we could fit into the trip and we did.
The Special Guests for MANC 2016 were impressive. Unfortunately several had to cancel due to work commitments but are scheduled to appear 2017. Actors Dabney Coleman, Debra Paget and John Amos in particular.
Keir Dullea, probably best known for the lead in 2001: A Space Odyssey and many other movie and Television appearances, was also a popular guest. His starring lead was in the Gene Roddenberry series The LIeutenant. He also appeared in Star Trek, Perry Mason and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Bond Girls Luciana Paluzzi and Britt Ekland helped balance the sexes along with Kathy Garver who played Cissy Davis on Family Affair and many other television, movie and voice over roles. She was also one of the first to congratulate me several days later.
If you are interested in hearing the session, here are the links:
Then there were the various seminars which included mine about U.S. influences on Australian Radio Production. The sellers tables were amazing, something like 300 of them with memorabilia, movies, audio, television and pulps. I have photos.
If you are interested in hearing my talk, here it is in 3 parts:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=f97bO_EphdU (part 1)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE_gTCRoGl4 (part 2)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIjCrEMYmmM (part 3)
The next blog will also be about my trip to MANC and I will put it up in the very near future.
My thanks to Martin Grams Jnr first for inviting me to MANC, I had a fantastic time. I also thank Martin for making the audio available on youtube, that I have used in this edition of my blog.