To celebrate Australia Day (January 26), my ‘One Shot Wonders’ this week will feature some good old Aussie icons.
So today’s Aussie icon is the kangaroo, ‘roo, boomer, Skippy…
There was a well-loved children’s television show in the late ’60s, ‘Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo’. Just about every kid I knew watched it.
My brother even looked like Sonny, the main (human) character from the show and best friend of Skippy.
Following the show, we all tried to whistle with a gum leaf (is that possible?) and thought that kangaroos made that tongue clicking sound. (The reality couldn’t have been more wrong! Ever heard a kangaroo? They grunt and blow air when angry.)
Like Lassie, Skippy always saved the day. Good on ya, Skip!
“Skippy, Skippy, Skippy the bush kangaroo.
Skippy, Skippy, Skippy our friend ever true.” ♦
Aussie icons, ‘One Shot Wonders’
Photo taken Yass Valley about August 2013, with Fuji FinePix S2980
“Skippy the Bush Kangaroo is an Australian television series created by John McCallum, produced from 1966–1968, telling the adventures of a young boy and his intelligent pet kangaroo, and the various visitors to the fictional Waratah National Park in Duffys Forest, near Sydney, New South Wales.
Ninety-one 30-minute episodes were made over the three seasons of production.”