IN MAY 1963 my late wife Garda together with John and Margaret Paynter went to the Mt Hagen Show.
At that time, we were all schoolies in Goroka.
It was a pleasant and uneventful trip made in the Paynter’s small Toyota Tiara car.
On the Daulo pass, we stopped to say G’day to Sparrow Clinton who was on a grader repairing road damage.
At Hagen the four of us slept in the District Commissioner’s office, I believe without his consent.
During the ball the generator failed and the hall was plunged into darkness.
I shouted, “Everybody put your hands in the air.”
At this precise moment, miraculously the generator kicked in and the lights came on.
I was immediately able to produce the line, “You see, many hands make light work!”
I still believe this to be one of my best quips and reckon it is worth another airing more than half a century on.
Unfortunately Garda died last year and I have lost touch with John and Margaret Paynter.