The Zippy Board Kid By Ron Hailes

When I was about 10, I got called to the headmasters office, walked in and got introduced to two people. The Headmaster then asked me to leave which was all a bit strange at the time. That night my parents got a call from a casting agent offering me a part in a TV commercial. I was to become "The Zippy Board Kid"

Zippy boards are basically plastic kickboard's and I got to use the big one with fins!

On a very cold June morning we assembled at Elwood Beach and after a few rehearsals and running into the cold water my famous line was born - The big ones with fin's are for big kids like me. At this point I worked out that I was cast not for my acting ability but because I was the token fat kid for the ad.

Being the "Zippy Board Kid" didn't work out too well. I got paid $28 which was quite a lot in 1966 but never lived it down. I was tormented and bullied over it at school and it took years to go away. Of course I am sure I tormented kids about other stuff.

Every now and then I run into someone from school and they always remember me as "Zippy" these days it doesn't bother me. One thing I remember is that through the bullying one older kid looked after me, his name was Peter Lyons I don't know where you are now but thanks!

The moral to this story, I should have got more money.

in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


I am a sometimes writer, stand up comic and MC - these are my passions but In the real world I travel throughout SE Asia training sales and management staff in the Auto Industry

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