Tim “Rosso” Ross – Mum had a Kingswood
Last night former Premier Bob Carr attended the launch of comedian Tim Ross’ book, Mum had a Kingswood, which chronicles his misadventures as a boy in suburban Australia, through to his on-air misadventures as comedian and radio personality. It’s an engaging read, full of 70’s nostalgia and anecdotes. For example in one chapter Tim recounts the time he pulled a prank on talk-back king John Laws. Tim encouraged Lawsie’s listeners to send “him a crabstick in the mail” after the veteran radio announcer complained about the price of crustaceans at Catalina restaurant.
“…his office was bombarded with envelopes and post-packs containing crabsticks,” writes Tim. “John and the folk at 2UE took the joke well until one over-zealous listener in Canberra couriered him a complete fisherman’s platter after it had been left out in the sun for a couple of days!”
Carr says there were times as Premier he contemplated sending objects anonymously to radio personalities.