WORD IS CLARKO MISSED
ALAN Clarkson, the doyen of rugby league writers in the 1970s who died last week, was known as a gentleman’s gentleman.
“Clarko” was also a noted tennis writer who was popular among the players, as well as in the press room.
Each year at the Australian Open, Clarko would organise a dinner for the Australian press contingent and some of the leading women’s players.
One year he booked a couple of tables at one of Melbourne’s best restaurants and invited the likes of Pam Shriver and Wendy Turnbull. Great idea, until Clarko realised he had invited the health-conscious, vegetarian, women to Melbourne’s No.1 meat restaurant where the only thing vegetarian was the bread.