Summer Conversations January 2008
Last Update: Friday, January 18, 2008. 3:24pm
During summer we interrupted several interesting people's holidays to find out a bit more about them. They shared stories about their lives with Chris Coleman. You can hear any of the interviews from the 2008 series of Summer Conversations interviews by clicking on the appropriate link.
Summer Conversations Guests
Friday, 18 January 2008, Graeme Connors - Despite there being 12 years between his first and second albums, Graeme has become one of Australia's leading country artists. He spoke about growing up in North Queensland, and how his life has provided much inspiration for his musical works. Graeme also gave us a special treat by performing live for us during his interview.
Thursday, 17 January 2008, Arthur Summons - A dual international who played for Australia in both Rugby codes, Arthur Summons says he's been a very lucky man. Immortalised as one of The Gladiators on the National Rugby League Premiership trophy, Arthur told some great stories about his life in football, and also about the value of mateship.
Wednesday, 16 January 2008, Laurie Fisher - Despite an almost life-long involvement with Rugby in the ACT, when the Brumbies first started, Laurie Fisher was a fanatical fan who never missed a home game, with no official involvement with the team. He went on to become the head coach of the Brumbies Rugby team before the 2005 season. Laurie also spoke about working with champions in other sports as a Program Manager at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Tuesday, 15 January 2008, John Fahey - During his term as Premier of New South Wales, the 2000 Olympic Games were awarded to Sydney. John Fahey also served in the Federal Parliament, and is now the head of WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency. In addition to the many highlights in his life, he spoke about ill-health cutting short his parliamentary career, and the tragedy of losing a daughter in a car accident.
Monday, 14 January 2008, Chester Porter, QC - Chester Porter's career in the law began in 1948, and in over fifty years at the bar he gained a reputation as one of Sydney�s best lawyers. He worked on many high profile cases including those of Lindy Chamberlain and Andrew Kalajzich. He also acquired the nickname The Smiling Funnel Web. Chester gave us some fascinating insights to the world of justice, and highlighted some of the things done well in legal circles, as well as some areas that need improvement.
Friday, 11 January 2008, Mungo Wentworth MacCallum - A fourth-generation-bearer of the name Mungo MacCallum. An author and political analyst, he has worked for many Australian media outlets, including The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald. Mungo spoke about growing up as the son of one of Australia's TV pioneers, the disappearance of Harold Holt, his current lifestyle on the North Coast of NSW and naturally, politics.
Thursday, 10 January 2008, David Astle - A man possibly better known by his initials than by his full name, David Astle is one of the compilers of the Sydney Morning Herald cryptic crossword, and the author of several books. David spoke about the art of creating word puzzles, and how that led to him getting together with his wife, as well as travelling Australia to put together a book highlighting the unusual aspects of many towns across Australia.
Wednesday, 9 January 2008, Doctor John Irvine - These days, Dr. John Irvine is probably Australia's most seen and heard child psychologist, a far cry from his early working days at a one-teacher school. John spoke about his school days, the transition from teaching to child psychology, and the importance of his own family.
Tuesday, 8 January 2008, Bettina Arndt - There's an oft-coined line that sex made Bettina Arndt famous. Bettina Arndt was one of Australia's first sex therapists, but she is also the daughter of a renowned university professor and a remarkable mother. She spoke about her parents, the history of Australian Forum, family relationships, and the perils of using your own life as a source for your articles.
Monday, 7 January 2008, Di Morrissey - From a very young age, when she was encouraged by Dorothea Mackellar to share he stories with other people, Di Morrissey wanted to be an author. Along the way to becoming one, she experienced life growing up in Pittwater and Los Angeles, worked as a copy kid for Australian Consolidated Press, and on Good Morning Australia in the early days of Australian breakfast television. Di spoke about her life story and the recent passing of her mother, which she said was a beautiful experience that she didn't expect.