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“Nobody knows who Professor Bunyip was.” So begins Entropy’s fine tribute to Australia’s vanished online titan. One day, like the Hidden Imam, he shall surely return.
UPDATE. “Bunyip was PP McGuiness, right?” emails Tom R. “Ergo, Bunyip won’t be returning …” Paddy admired the Professor, but the Bunyip he wasn’t. And if the Hidden Imam can stage a comeback, who’s to say our Professor is gone forever?
UPDATE II. Other guesses at the Hidden Bunyip’s identity: Frank Devine and Patrick Cook. No and no, although both will be delighted.
I gather these two afflicted the left. I did not know of them. Sounds like two good people. TB seems to carry on the tradition very well.Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 02 27 at 10:14 PM • permalink
I miss Professor Bunyip too. He brandished the English language with both skill and elan, in a way that few others can manage.
At the risk of beclowning myself, I’m going against the claim that he was Imre Saluszinsky. While there are similarities in their writing styles (and politics), there are also fundamental differences.Posted by blandwagon on 2008 02 27 at 10:24 PM • permalink
Yea Bunyip was great but a bit highbrow for me. Bitchin Monaro was more my style – softcore porn, conservative politics and sideshow freaks. Both are greatly missed.Posted by Pig Head Sucker on 2008 02 27 at 11:50 PM • permalink
Thanks.Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 02 27 at 11:54 PM • permalink
In his last post, about 14 months ago, he hinted at some marital troubles with Mrs Bunyip, who evidently a she-who-must-be-obeyed of European (perhaps Italian) origin. He also had it for, as he termed her, A Dill Horan.
He seemed to be in his mid-50s and familiar with the staff room and politics at Melbourne Uni (and a Sydney one too).
His website, which I had flagged for updates, went off-line last month, unchanged for a year.Posted by walterplinge on 2008 02 28 at 12:44 AM • permalink
I still think of it as the Silly Moaning Hilmer (which I used to misread as “Himmler” until I discovered Freddie Hilmer was an exec at the SMH, thus the professor’s quip).Posted by andycanuck on 2008 02 28 at 01:32 AM • permalink
- I was fond of him as well, he was about the 3rd blog I read regularly .
Maybe hes been kidnapped for the ideas summit?Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 02 28 at 05:07 AM • permalink
Evil Pundit is now at Evil Pundit of Doom II (evilpundit.mee.nu). And I really miss the USS Clueless, but I hope Steven is doing well.
Imperial KeeperPosted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2008 02 28 at 11:09 AM • permalink
“Stanley Gudgeon” is a pseudonym, taken from a 1930 Australian novel, Here’s Luck, by Lennie Lower. You can read about it here (nice coincidence, hey?) and download a copy here.
Whoever the real Professor Bunyip is, he’s brilliant.Posted by Chris Chittleborough on 2008 02 28 at 02:21 PM • permalink
Steven pops up occasionally in the comments at Brian Thieman’s blog. He has a link to Steven’s current commentary.CheersPosted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2008 02 28 at 07:10 PM • permalink
Given the Bunyip’s familiarity with academia and Australian literature, maybe he is Peter Ryan, publisher, editor, and writer for Quadrant Magazine?
- I too miss the Dear Bunyip and C.L. Mangled Thoughts/Garry Gravatt seem to have been wiped of the net-He was rude and crude but I suspect he managed to offend too many of both sides of the fence- but he had some very intesting comments.
Thank the Lord for TB and AB,
I do hope Mrs Bunyip is coping well.
Like many above, the Bunyip was my first blog-love. I called on the billabong every day for a few years, largely because I shared the Bunyip’s loathing of that millionaire socialist bludger, Phatty Adams.
To my delight, I fed the Bunyip one of his later Phatty plagiarism scoops (GOMER from the New Yorker; Tim ran it on one of his earlier blogs). I waited vainly hoping for some private correspondence from the ‘yip, but he coolly ran the piece without giving me a skerrick of an idea who he was.
I don’t think it was Imre, Cook, or Devine. It could have been Paddy; and Ryan is also a good guess. There’s also a Canberra academic, whose name eludes me, who wrote a couple of letters to the Australian in a style startlingly similar to the Bunyip, critical of Adams.Posted by Bearded Mullah on 2008 02 28 at 10:17 PM • permalink
Imperial KeeperPosted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2008 02 29 at 10:37 AM • permalink
I miss Professor Bunyip and The Currency Lad.