Book Review: Curious Recollections: Life in the Curiosity Show, by Rob Morrison

A peek into one of Australia’s most beloved televisions shows: the science show that encouraged kids to build their own experiments at home.

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For those of a certain age, this is guaranteed to satiate your 'Curiosity'.
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Rob Morrison and his long-time collaborative partner and friend, Deane Hutton can only be described as somewhat accidental stars. They never intended to become the household names of the 70s and 80s that they have become.

In his memoir, CuriousRecollections, Morrison takes us on a journey from where it all began to the present day revival of the Curiosity Show.

The show’s genesis began with the children’s icon, Humphrey B. Bear, and a lot of the pre-release cover has focused on the fact that Rob is the man who managed to make the silent Bear speak, due to an accidental electrocution and an exclamation that is certainly NOT G-Rated!

From this memorable beginning, the opportunity arose for an independent television program, what would become the Curiosity Show. Over 18 years, between 1972 and 1990, 500 shows were produced in both 30 and 60 minute formats. Hutton and Morrison’s time with the show took them around the state of South Australia, the nation, and across the world which, for a scientific mind life Morrison’s, was a dream come true.

The Curiosity Show brought science to young people and, indeed, their parents, making it accessible, understandable and practical. Rob and Deane have since created a YouTube channel. The channel includes both new and existing videos and has revitalised interest in the show.

The book also focuses on other pursuits, particularly Morrison’s passion for zoological studies. One of the most well-known moments is that of being an expert witness at the Azaria Chamberlain trial, focussing on the biological traits of dingoes.

For those of a certain age, there are a lot of fond memories, taking us behind the scenes of some of those memorable segments and giving us a truly honest, often humorous, look at what went on off-camera. Pick-up or download Rob Morrison’s book and peak your sense of ‘Curiosity’.

Reviewed by Glen Christie

Distributed by: Wakefield Press
Released: August 2019
RRP: $24.95

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