BIG HIT: Australian TV legend Ray Martin shares a laugh with Abby (far right), Kellie and Aaura Duncan, of Long Beach, while Madge and Joan Sewell, of Queanbeyan, look on.Veteran journalist and Australian TV legend Ray Martin made a huge impression on Batemans Bay when he visited on Wednesday.
Mr Martin was in town to meet many of his fans and promote his book “Ray Martin’s Favourites”, which recounts his favourite interviews over many decades in the industry.
He signed books at Browns Books and then hosted a dinner at Batemans Bay Soldiers Club where he spoke, answered questions, and signed more books.
Long Beach resident Kellie Duncan and her daughters Alaura and Abby were among the first to line up to get a book signed.
“Because he’s a celebrity, I was wondering what I was going to say but he is so easy-going and engaging,” she said.
“He was spending so much time with each person, and asking them questions rather than talking about himself.”
Mr Martin was a big hit at the signing and at the dinner afterwards.
“He was brilliant; captivating,” Browns Books’ Carol Loader said. “He was so insightful and interesting.”
Mr Martin said that his favourite interviews were with eye surgeon Fred Hollows and cricket legend Don Bradman, and that his most challenging was with American sprinter Michael Johnson, who he described as “fiery and intense”.
Batemans Bay folk were on their best behaviour, with no children asking if they could touch Mr Martin’s famous hair.
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