A blog about my experiences in design and publishing, which started in the era of manual pasteup and have covered all kinds of technologies since then.
A journal of my experiences in the restoration of some early Australian childrens’ television productions from film and onto DVD, with the aim of extracting the best possible quality from the films in the process.
A journal of my efforts to restore and rehabilitate film projectors. Includes a step-by-step restoration of a 60 year old Pathé Marignon 9.5mm film projector and an EIKI NT 16mm projector.
An ongoing account of my efforts to design and build a new kind of structured document editor. This project started in RealBasic circa 2003 then moved to MacRuby and now Ruby.
The Happy Show (1957–1964) was the first regular live children’s show on Channel Nine in Melbourne. Created by Denzil Howson and initially hosted by Happy Hammond, it was later re-named the Tarax Show. Perhaps the most famous stars of the show were ventriloquist Ron Blaskett and his doll Gerry Gee. Visit our Tarax Show pages for history, photos, recollections, audio and video.
Denzil Howson (1918–2005) was an accomplished actor, writer, director and producer in television, radio, film and theatre in Australia. His professional career spanned over 60 years starting in radio in the late 1930s. In 1956 he joined GTV9 in Melbourne and played a leading role in the pioneering years of Australian television. This website contains some of Denzil’s photos, films, audio and writings, as well as tributes and stories from family and friends.