This won’t make much sense to anyone outside Australia, but the inventor of Mr Squiggle passed away this morning: Norman Hetherington. He invented Mr Squiggle way back in 1959!
(image from here)
I think he even looks like Mr Squiggle don’t you think? Bit of blue rinse and a crazy tall hat..
Who the hell is Mr Squiggle?
Mr Squiggle was a character on a television show who had a pencil for a nose and would drop in from outer space in a rickety rocket to complete squiggles that kids sent in. On the odd occasion he’d do a double squiggle and change his mind (“Changed my mind! Changed my mind Miss Jane!”). To this day I wonder what kind of crazy genius you have to be to come up with not one but two drawings from some squiggles.. Surely a miracle from the man from the moon I say!
He had some (generally grumpy) cohorts: Gus the grumpy snail with a flowerpot for a shell, or was it a house..? Or a TV..?
Blackboard who coined the “Oh huuurrryy UP!” and “Hmph.. Double hmph”.
Bill the steamshovel would pop in puffing away.
Squiggle and Ms Jane would swap merry banter with blackboard holding up the bits of paper. His rocket was also impatient, though didn’t talk.
Here’s some other random snippets of shows from over the years out there on the intertubes (or youtubes as it may be):
The old intro:
One I remember more:
Hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane kids. RIP Mr Norman Hetherington, I’m sure it would be hard to find a person who grew up in Australia in the last 50 years that doesn’t know about Mr Squiggle.