13 February 2017
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The original Dave Whalen's Pie Night line-up, from left, Darren Crocker, MC Dave Whalen and Danny Frawley at the reunion tribute at Keysborough Golf Club with a portrait of A Positive Move founder Dick Custerson. The other original performer, comedian Dave Butler, now lives interstate and couldn’t make the night.
■ Founder’s positive friends won’t let him be forgotten...
Pie Night tribute By Garry Howe A tradition forged on pies, pots and parody that helped launch sports entertainment and events company A Positive Move has been resurrected in Keysborough in memory of its founder Dick Custerson. A baker’s dozen of sporting and entertainment celebrities turned out to revive the once famous
Dave Whalen Pie Nights at Keysborough Golf Club on Thursday 2 February as a tribute to Dick, who lost a short battle with cancer last October. Just over $4000 was raised, which will be channelled through Dick’s own charity, the A Positive Move Foundation, to cancer research initiatives. A Positive Move general manager Sue Mason said the Pie Night tribute was a great success, both
in terms of entertainment and fundraising. “I reckon it is the funniest night we have put on in the 17 years I have worked here,” she said. MC Dave Whalen, who grew up with Dick in Dandenong and both later worked in the electrical industry, explained the origins of the old Pie Nights. Dave said that he dabbled in musical parody and pitched a song he had written about cham-
pion AFL full-forward Tony ‘Plugger’ Lockett around the time he controversially ironed out Sydney Swans player Peter Caven during a match. He pitched the song to radio station 3UZ, which asked him to “come in and show them something”. They liked it and wanted to book Dave for a regular Friday gig. Continued on page 2
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