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Number 96 and me: the novelisations - by Anne Harrex

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Essay by Anne Harrex, February 2014Between 1972 and 1974, eight novelisations based on storylines from the TV show, “Number 96” were published by Angus & Robertson under the Arkon paperback imprint. In the end, I wrote seven of these and edited another of them (“The Wayward Husband”) for publication.It all began with an advertisement in the weekend newspaper, “The Review”, formerly “Sunday Review”, “The Sunday Review” and, in its last incarnation, “Nation Review”. The ad may have appeared somewhere else, but this was where I saw it. Writers were wanted for crime and romance novels (I think it was romance) – “to apply send examples of your work to…” (The address gave no other clues.) I’d always been writing and had a drawerful of rejection slips to prove it. As I had two young children, who were now both at school, it looked like the ideal thing for me.In those days there were still postal deliveries on a Saturday morning. It was a Saturday some weeks later when a parcel arrived. A…

40 years ago today...

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40 years ago today, the final episodes of "Number 96" (#1217 & 1218) aired on Sydney television. Many former cast members returned to take curtain call bows with the final residents. What happened that night...: The residents of Number 96 are horrified to learn the identity of the building's mysterious buyer. The person who is driving them from their homes is none other than Maggie Cameron! Giovanni Lenzi and Marilyn MacDonald's romance fizzles once again, with Marilyn's decision to become a nun. Little Simon Dawson's body is found in Tamworth, but it is a false alarm. Giovanni announces a sell-out sale in the deli. Maggie explains that she couldn't resist one last trick played on the residents. Simon turns up safe and well. Dorrie Evans loses Herb half a million dollars because of her anger over his business relationship with Opal "Gran" Wilkinson. Everyone is pleased that the building will not change hands after all. While Arnold Feather an…

A zombie reawakens

Now that I'm in the middle of sprucing up the new blog version of my old website, iiNet informs me that they have located and restored the most recent (2012) version of the old Number 96 Home Page at members.iinet.net.au/~lindsay96@ozemail.com.au/. Yay! So it will make it easier to continue the revamp, and it's a relief to know my previous work continues to exist without relying on Wayback Machine.

Emergency announcement!

Hello everyone! I am hoping to avert a disaster of deli bomb proportions! My Australian Internet provider, iiNet, has been adjusting things to accommodate the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout - I've been on NBN for two years now - and suddenly my free webspace is no more! Until I can move all the Number 96 Home Page files to this new home, please use Wayback Machine's preserved pages (linked below). I think everything still exists (but the original HTML files I created are on a computer I haven't turned on in many years)! The Number 96 Home Page was originally uploaded in 1996 (Magna), greatly revamped in 2005 (Ozemail) and then subsumed by iiNet. The most recent overhaul (via the Transmit app) was in 2012, and those changes were made online only. Eeek! The Home Page, in its original form, was one of only three Australian television show websites archived in the early days of Pandora, the National Library of Australia's archive of "significant websites&quo…