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11 October 2017

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Yokomo will indeed make a big hit among all age groups.

I still remember Yokomo, Raka & Ranu, Tabu & Noka, Malot the driver, Peter & Kinabo etc. as well as some popular radio programs like 'What Can They Do?' and all the choice of music that went with the broadcasts.

You are not wrong Murray Bladwell. I am one of those kids you guys taught 50 years ago and now the grandfather of eight grandchildren. The last one arrived on 15 September this year, the eve of PNG's 42nd Independence Day celebrations.

It was a privilege to meet Keith and Ed Brumby in Brisbane last year, two of the men responsible for those memorable school broadcasts.

Keith - great Yokomo article! Hope it generates some interest and excitement. Thanks very much.

What a fantastic idea! Yokomo and Omokoy were much loved characters enjoyed by primary school students throughout PNG in the late 1960's and early 70's.

I know the kids in my schools at Kundiawa (Gon) and Chuave grabbed copies of the School Paper with enthusiasm and went straight to the the latest adventures of Yokomo.

Later, when Yokomo and friends became a regular feature on school broadcasts (thanks to Keith as producer) the kids were keen to listen attentively, as Yokomo now had a voice and a personality.

There was much laughter as he got himself into all sorts of difficult situations. Yokomo clearly connected to the kids funnybone and learning became fun.

It is hard to believe that the kids we taught over 50 years ago are now grandparents. I'm sure their happy memories of Yokomo will encourage them to ensure their grandchildren have the same reading enjoyment when he reappears on the literary scene.

Keith, I wonder if all the old Yokomo stories from the original school papers and radio scripts could be reproduced (subject to copyright) in book form.

This could be a best seller given the strong connection to the older PNG population. It would also be a great way to reintroduce Yokomo to a modern day audience who will meet him for the first time through this new exciting project.

Yokomo for Prime Minister!
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Unfortunately those publications, recordings and scripts were not retained. Ed Brumby and I have some of our own which we are making available to Library for All, which may also commission some new, up-to-date Yokomo material - KJ

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