joined the Club in 1997 and is
the Current Treasurer. He has been
Chairman on several occasions in the past.
He enjoys the writing of E S Brooks and is collecting
Nelson Lee Libraries as well as his Norman Conquest (as Berkeley
Gray) and Ironsides (as Victor Gunn) detective novels.
Nelson Lee Library and St Frank’s stories to Magnet and Gem.
He has come to the old story papers late in life. At the
grammar school which he attended in the 1960s pupils were kept away
from “popular” writers (he was once reprimanded when caught reading
Biggles) as boys were meant to read only the classics!
Fortunately, Roger found solace in the
Eagle (NOT a comic but a “picture
strip weekly”!). and has been a devotee of Dan Dare, Luck of the
Legion and the others, ever since.
He appreciates the comic art of the 1950s, especially
the greats like the three Franks (Hampson, Bellamy and Humphris),
Martin Aitchison, Ron Embleton and Don Lawrence. Ken Reid is his
favourite “funny” artist.
Now retired, Roger is busy discovering children’s
authors he missed - due to those zealous and forceful teachers -
such as Malcolm Saville, Monica Edwards, Geoffrey Trease and Violet
Needham, as well as Hamilton and Brooks.
Retirement, however, has not quelled his passion for Rupert,
who celebrated his 90th anniversary in November 2010. Roger has been a
member of the Followers of Rupert since 1984 and writes regularly
for the Nutwood Newsletter.
In recent years
he has also started appreciating Herge’s Tintin and Hal Foster’s
been a fan of
Dr Who from its first episode in 1963, but
he disapproves of the new series – “not proper Who!”
He is also a fan of old time wireless – Children’s Hour,
Temple, Journey into Space, Hancock’s Half Hour, etc. and
claims to be addicted to The Archers [if that's his biggest crime, we
won't hold it against him - Ed] Roger has long since abandoned most TV!