If you don't know what an old hoofer is, you are probably not reading this. I am obliged to Andrew of Television.AU who put up the link to this clip.
Australia has a television award night known as the Logies, presumably named after John Logie Baird, the supposed inventor of television. While there is a respected peer voting system, the focus is on the popular vote which is widely open to manipulation and has little credibility. The award night used to be fun to watch, but the organisation clamped down on drinking at the event and then live tweeting from the event, so it is now a very tame affair. It must be a very tough night to host for the compere. Even the respected Wendy Harmer, comedian, writer, tv show host, radio presented and co-owner of the online Hoopla, acknowledges she failed miserably as a host.
I really enjoyed watching this clip of the opening of the ceremony back in 1989. You may not get much out of it if you don't know who the people are, but they are very familiar stars of stage and screen to Australians of a certain age.
In order of appearance,
Lorrae Desmond MBE
Hazel Phillips OAM
Pat McDonald (dec., this was her last public appearance)