Friday, September 12, 2008
Today Uncle Bull celebrates his 99th birthday
I can hear first visitors of my Blog ask themselves 'who may 'uncle Bull' be' ?
Well he was with his two brothers Verwey the 'founders' of Dutch commercial off-shore radio. European visitors will of course have heard of the name 'Radio Veronica'.
Only later on Radio Caroline, North Sea International, Lord Sutch, Mi Amigo and so on 'arrived'. But Veronica was the first !
The station initially announced itself as "VRON" (Vrije Radio Omroep Nederland = Free Radio Station Netherlands) but this was quickly changed to "Radio Veronica".
Uncle Bull led the company as a father, always worried for the well-being of "his boys and gals". He knew exactly how you should deal in a pleasant manner with intangible creative dj's like Rob Out (who died a few years ago), Joost den Draaier, Lex Harding, Jan van Veen, Tom Collins, Chiel Montagne, Will Luikinga, Tineke (Vos-)de Nooy, technician Adje Bouman and so many others.
He always loved party's and a little drink on it's time (as did the others...).
Could that be the secret of our Hendrik 'uncle Bull' Verwey ?
The above photo was taken 18 month's ago during the Radio Veronica reunion. Great applause when he entered the room : he's loved by everyone !
Auke Kok did write a book about our great pirate off shore radio station Veronica and presented the first copy to Uncle Bull. Check for yourself at 2.20 how funny he still is/was at the age of 97..... Of course I have a copy myself with a nice memo by Auke.
The eyes aren't what they used to be, nor is his general health. Yeah he needs to be taken care of ('nursed'). No wonder when you're 99.
The picture on the left shows you uncle Bull 1974_august_31 on the vessel Northerney whilst the last broadcast was prepared.
My 2007 march post offers you the last Radio Veronica broadcast from 1974_august_31 (including the final speech by our uncle Bull).
I have Veronica's last week's broadcast complete (day and night). Today I offer you the two hours before that last hour. Lex Harding - Top 40 and Tom Collins - Tipparade. Check the comments.
Dear uncle Bull, I'll drink some 'Kettle one' (Dutch gin) to your health and up to the hundred !!!!
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