Letter By Robot
National Film Unit, 1960
There are plenty of high officials in Wellington but Brosco the Robot's nine foot six overshadows them all.
Outside the Wellington Town Hall, Mr Kitts the Mayor, voted him the city's brightest, shiniest citizen; spoke a few words of welcome on his built-in loudspeaker; and gave him the freedom of the city.
But do you think he wanted to stay?
It was straight to Wanganui for Brosco...to Mr Millward, and the Industries Fair, taking a goodwill message from one Mayor to another.
In town his manners were simply out of this world; but when he reached the Hutt Road, the human element began to show. Who own those sturdy limbs?
With the All Blacks and Olympic teams away, who would be fit enough to hump 100 pounds of duralium 120 miles to Wanganui?
The Jaycees - who organised all this - would only say it's "Mr X".
Meanwhile, in Wanganui, the people were commendably calm about the approaching visitor from outer space.
There was definitely no panic, as the hour by hour Brosco bulletins came through. They quietly went about the job of getting ready for the Industries Fair.
Out in the Manawatu, the inhabitants reacted with mild surprise.
"It must have come from Wellington."
So Brosco arrived, foot sore and weary...but polite as ever. And the river city welcomed him. Mr Millward, in his chain of office, took the letter from this messenger in shining armour, and thanked him very much. In bringing people together, it's the little human things that count.
And then among the muddle of microphones Mr Millward read the message...a goodwill greeting from Wellington's mayor, wishing success to Wanganui's Industrial Fair.
Special delivery - Brosco the Robot
...alias, Mr X...
...but who IS Mr X?
It's Mario Gradolf, a new New Zealander
who back in Switzerland, was a crack skier and athlete.
Congratulations on your very fine feat, Mr Gradolf!
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