by PHILIP WHITE
That was all normal to me.
That's my first serious trainer, Maire 'Mizzo' Mannik, above, in 1973. She was an ace computer programmer in the days when computers were bigger than houses ... we worked together in the Department of Mines and Energy. She went on to write witheringly witty television criticism in The Adelaide Review. Mizzo's ex, the blues musician Wild King Roy, was the first bloke I knew who went off to Roseworthy College to study winemaking.
Them blokes just didn't get it. I wonder what they hoped their wives would wear while they made them their tomato and Coon sandwiches for work.
Perhaps it's more than coincidence that it was Pam Dunsford, the first female residential winemaking student at Roseworthy, who introduced me to Brian in about 1980. Pam loved the wines he made at Clarendon from his family vineyards on the flats of Baker's Gully. Thirty-five years later, I can see those flats across the track from my front verandah.