Clever pun hey? Pop group Dead Kennedys, Graham Kennedy dead? Oh well, I tried.
I am sad that Graham Kennedy has died. I remember some of his work, more the Blankety Blank time and Australia All Over was it? The phrase 'stick it in the JVC' sticks in my mind from when he hosted some video replay program. Our friends and us still use that phrase, adapted, 'I'll just pop these crumpets into the JVC shall I?'
I was very young, just born I think really, but I remember my grandfather taking us for a Sunday drive down the Mornington Penisular. As we travelled up Oliver's Hill? he pointed to a large house and said that that was where Graham Kennedy lives. Children being children, we were not overly impressed, although we knew who Graham Kennedy was.
What I remember strongly of his early times is my conservative, proper, not blessed with a great sense of humour, grandmother shrieking with laughter when Graham Kennedy was on tv, just as she did some years later when Mary Hardy was on tv.
Mr Kennedy was publically a closeted gay but I am sure everyone who knew him knew that he was gay. I do recall that he did have a long term relationship, but I forget what source that is from. No mention of that today.
ABC radio Melbourne has overloaded me with stuff about him today. I will just say that I thought Graham Kennedy was very funny when I saw him on tv. He was a terrific tv perfomer. I can recall shrieking at his humour, just as I did at Dame Edna on tv on last Saturday night.