“Sluggo’s Empty Packets of Fags”.

483962228In 1970, Greg “Sluggo” Novice started saving empty packets of fags. He would put every packet he could find in his locker. And there were hundreds of them.
I said to him, “What are you going to do with them Sluggo?”
“I have a few ideas,” he said with a mischievous grin. When he had about 800 packets, he said, “TODAYS, THE DAY.”
He waited till Cyril the “Clown” Barson went out to the back room to do some proofing on the big hand press.
With yours truly in hand we put everyone one of those 800 empty packets in Cyril’s frame…on the floor around his frame…on the window sill opposite his frame…in his locker and everywhere…
When Cyril came back he blew his stack. Bob Herriman (The Overseer) got involved.
Bob came storming down the Comp Room, threatening that if he found out who had done it, “There would be all Hell to pay!”
Meanwhile, Greg and I said to Mr. Herriman, “Mr. Herriman, we will help clean up the mess for poor Cyril.”
“THANK….THANK YOU BOYS”, Bob stuttered.
“I knew I could count on you Two lads to do the right thing…”
Sadly, Greg passed away in October, 2007.

2 thoughts on ““Sluggo’s Empty Packets of Fags”.

  1. What a wonderful story! It brings back a lot of memories, mostly happy ones, from my time as an apprentice comp at the ‘Old Gov’ in Adelaide. Sadly, I was unable to go to the reunion some time ago. What a missed opportunity! Keep the articles coming, Rod. I (long time Canberra-based) get a lot of enjoyment reading them. Cheers.

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