Only years later did the significance of that day occur me. I had shaken the hand of Oliver Postgate's brother.
Oliver Postgate was the subversive genius that launched a thousand quips (such as the title of this post, played on the swanee whistle in The Iron Chicken, which got him carpeted by the BBC). Postgate was the original edupunk. Noggin, Ivor and the Soup Dragon were the foundation of my imagination and story telling.
Another part of my childhood died today. But don't be sad. Roger the cabin boy, Master Bates!