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6.30PM News - Grahame Thorne's Perm Television (Excerpts) – 1983 Sport

6.30PM News - Grahame Thorne's Perm

Television (Excerpts) – 1983 Sport

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With stints as an All Black, Springbok triallist, sports presenter, National MP, and sometime celebrity chef, Grahame Thorne has experienced his share of fame. But perhaps his hottest 15 minutes came after he dared to present the sports news one day in 1983 ... with a perm. The ensuing national trauma inspired headlines, irate phonecalls, and “curls are for girls” banners at rugby games. Sadly the perm’s freshest incarnation is lost to the archives, and this slightly grown-out version is the only extant evidence of a key moment in Kiwi fashion history.

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Graham Thorne

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Philip Sherry

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It was great because you could just get out of the shower, give it a shake and Bob's your uncle. And the women loved it.
– Graham Thorne, in a 2009 Sunday News interview