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Thursday, December 03, 2020

Is that Michael Klim?

Part of the PR strategy beyond the hair studios was to get the involvement of celebrities. If you could get past their agents (agents always wanted to know what was in it for them) some were very obliging. Some like Angry Anderson was much more than others.

One day as ‘League founder (Steve Espenschied) was doing a casual relief teaching day to make ends meet, he was doing a lunch time yard duty when his mobile phone rang…….

 VOICE

‘G’day Steve, its Michael King here. Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to you but I’ve been pretty busy’.

THOUGHT

Who the hell is Michael King? Must be a new member but not sure why he is ringing me.

REPLY

‘Hi Michael, how are you going? Why have you been so busy’

VOICE

‘I’ve been training pretty hard up in the mountains.

THOUGHT

Mountains! Must be in the CFA or some sort of forestry position but still not sure why this guy is telling me all this in an out of the blue phone call and still can’t work out why he has rung.

CHILD IN PLAYGROUND

‘Mr E, Harry just punched me and kicked my ball away

REPLY TO CHILD

‘Yeah, yeah. I’m coming. Tell Harry I want to see him.

REPLY TO VOICE

‘Why would you be training in the mountains Michael?

CHILD IN PLAYGROUND

‘He won’t come, he won’t come’

REPLY TO CHILD

‘Tell him if he doesn’t come I’m not going to be happy’

VOICE

‘Altitude training. Are you in a school ground or something?’

THOUGHT

Altitude training. Why would someone in the CFA be doing altitude training?

REPLY TO VOICE

What do you need altitude training for?

VOICE

Helps with increasing the oxygen carrying capabilities of the blood. Hopefully I'll swim faster.

THOUGHT

Michael KLIM. Shit, it’s not Michael King. It's Michael Klim legendary swimmer ringing me whilst on yard duty worrying about Harry. Shit, shit and shit. Shit, how do I make the League sound like a professional outfit whilst I am working busting Harry’s arse for punching Billy?

REPLY TO VOICE

Michael Klim, sorry Michael, I thought you were Michael King, another guy I know. Yeah, I’m just helping out at my child’s school for the day on an excursion. Sorry mate.

VOICE

Yeah, sorry mate but I don’t think I can get to your Golf Day. Best of luck though!!!!!!!

THOUGHT

‘I bet you were coming before this phone call Michael but thanks for the courtesy of the return call. Man, someone rings who you have approached and not expected to return the call and you make a goose of yourself. Did you sound like a dickhead or what?

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