Wally sto­ries worth wait

Geraldton Guardian - - Opinion - Peter Fiorenza

Wally Fore­man was a sports com­men­ta­tor who had no equal.

He called WAFL, AFL, hockey, ten­nis, athletics and ev­ery sport in be­tween.

Like the great Ge­orge Grlju­sich, Wally had a strong affin­ity with the view­ing and lis­ten­ing pub­lic.

And it was, in­deed, a sad day when he died from a heart at­tack in 2006, aged 58.

Sev­eral years ago I came into con­tact with Wally’s el­dest son, Glen.

Glen was a sports jour­nal­ist at the Sun­day Times, at the time and told me, then that he was in the throes of writ­ing a book about his fa­mous dad.

Well, six years later the book is on the shelves and it is sell­ing like hot cakes, de­spite no pub­lish­ing house want­ing to take it on.

That’s right, Glen could not find any pub­lisher who was will­ing to pub­lish a bi­og­ra­phy about one of WA, and Aus­tralia’s best-loved me­dia per­son­al­i­ties.

So af­ter con­tin­u­ally be­ing re­jected, he de­cided to take the gam­ble and self-pub­lish.

The Leg­end from Bruce Rock was re­leased on July 29.

The book, ac­cord­ing to Dy­mocks, re­cently be­came one of its best­sellers and Glen is strug­gling to keep up with sales.

On a re­cent pro­mo­tional trip to Al­bany, Glen was re­minded of the great rep­u­ta­tion Wally had in re­gional WA.

“So many peo­ple just wanted to come up and chat about Dad,” he said.

“There are just so many Wally sto­ries.”

Ac­cord­ing to Glen, Wally just loved re­gional ar­eas, and the love was re­cip­ro­cated.

Hav­ing grown up in Bruce Rock, he un­der­stood how coun­try folk ticked, with hun­dreds upon hun­dreds ring­ing to talk with him on ABC Grand­stand over the many years he pre­sented the pro­gram.

Many of those who called in were from the Mid West.

In a few weeks time, lo­cals will be given the op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­ber Wally when Glen comes to town to speak at a spe­cial break­fast.

The pub­lic are en­cour­aged to book a seat at the break­fast, when Glen will talk about his fa­ther and his book.

If you are in­ter­ested in lis­ten­ing to Glen you might like to share.

Book­ings can be made through the Great North­ern Foot­ball League (GNFL).

I can’t wait to hear some Wally sto­ries.

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