David Hartnell interview

By Diana Wichtel In Books, Commentary

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18th June, 2011
It was 1985. Pre-crash Auckland was busy reinventing itself as a brazen hussy, and local celebrity culture was still wobbling along on training wheels. But at Auckland’s Regent Hotel, the Telethon stars were out: Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard; my old milkman Alan Dale, who had somehow ended up on Neighbours; a couple of guys from Hill Street Blues; Mike Baldwin from Coronation Street … There was, with terrible inevitability, Kamahl. The stars beamed expectantly. The press lurked diffidently. Then, through a sea of awkward chat, with all the forward thrust of the Queen Mary at full ...

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