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Mike Bailey Mike Bailey on Captain Fortune

Mike Bailey, started his career as a cadet with the ABC in 1968, which involved work for the ABC in Papua New Guinea and briefly at ABC Newcastle and ABC Kempsey.
Mike then joined Channel 7, Sydney as a news reporter and reader.
Moving back to the ABC, Mike became the face of weather on the ABC's 7pm evening bulletin in NSW and in 1984, Mike wrote his own "Almanac of Sydney Weather".





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Janice Slater Janice Slater - Impending Death on the Way to See Captain Fortune

From 1964 Janice Slater was one of the leading figures in Australian pop music. She has worked with the following artists. Johnny O’Keefe, The Easybeats, Cold Chisel, Sammy Davis Jnr, Bobby Day, George Chakaris (West Side Story) Lesley Gore -"Its My Party", Billy Preston The Apple Recordings, Shirley Bassey, "Gold Finger", The Hollies - "He Aint Heavy", Lou Rawls, Trini Lopez, The Four Tops, The Three Degrees, Phil Silvers, (Austalia 1960’s).
In the UK she worked on numerous recordings. From ‘Cliff Richard to Cleo Laine’ as well as Gram Parker, Olivia Newton John, Cilla Black and Petula Clark. With Glenn Shorrock, she was one of the founding members of the acclaimed 12-piece progressive rock band ‘Esperanto Rock Orchestra’.



Ian Abbott on Captain Fortune

Hi, I loved seeing this site.

Around 1958 my Mum took me to ATN7 in Epping to be part of the studio audience. I was wearing my Cub uniform (age 9) and was asked to assisted Clifford Ward (live!) with his magic tricks.

My Dad was at home watching TV, in case we were seen in a pan of the audience. He went crazy when he saw me on TV. He rushed into the street and dragged the neighbourhood kids in to see (we were one of the first to have a TV in our street).

I was a hero at school, and my Dad bragged for years. It was, and still is, one of the great highlights of my life.

I never missed watching Captain Fortune, and loved the sharing of yarns. I saw him at a fete a year or so after, and believe it or not (I’m now leaning towards not), he remembered me!

Thanks for the memories
Shipmate Ian



Robert Fearnside on Captain Fortune

Wow- what a blast from the past to google into this great site on Captain Fortune. Living in Chesterfield Rd Epping, just down the road from ATN 7, as a child my mate and I used to often explore areas around Channel 7, which was then almost totally unsecured, except for the main door.

My mate and I soon found that at the back of the studio there was a labyrinth of wonderful things to explore. We found shed that were full of props, stacks of old film reel canister which were great to throw and of course our favourite an often open door into the prop room. Into this door we seldom crept to explore the wonderful world of sets there, waving swords, looking at costumes but the best of all was another door that led to the studios. We found that if we were particularly sneaky we could enter a studio with a red light and soon found that one in particular was our favourite - Captain Fortune Hour. We must have visited Captain Fortune this was on at least a dozen of occasions. Finally my mate, who was quite an extrovert, and love to get on camera, was on his knee and Captain Fortune said to him, "Haven't I seen you before somewhere?" "Noooo!!" was his sheepish reply. We were always glad to go home with an armful of loot that he provided for his audience, well pleased with ourselves. Oh, Captain Fortune, thank you for making our childhood at ATN 7 one of our happiest memories.

Graham Parker on Captain Fortune

Hello, Loved reading the Website. I went the the Captain Fortune Show on many occasions at Channel 7. I actually lived around the corner from him in Tomah St.

I appeared on the show twice and on one appearance was asked by the Captain to pull his beard to show that it was real (this was when he did grow it). Thanks for the memories.

Regards, Graham. (Now 58 years old)