Wally stories worth wait
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.