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Sir Terry Pratchett, fantasy author
and creator of the Discworld series,
has died aged 66, eight years after
being diagnosed with Alzheimer s
"The world has lost one of its
brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry
Finlay of his publishers Transworld.
The author died at home, sur-
rounded by his family, "with his cat
sleeping on his bed", he added.
Sir Terry wrote more than 70 books
during his career and completed his
final book last summer.
He "enriched the planet like few
before him" and through Discworld
satirised the world "with great skill,
enormous humour and constant in-
vention," said Mr Finlay.
"Terry faced his Alzheimer s dis-
ease (an embuggerance , as he called
it) publicly and bravely. Over the last
few years, it was his writing that sus-
His legacy will endure for decades
to come," said Finlay. (BBC)
Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66
HOLLY B, A LIVING LEGEND
The much-loved 'Arima Kid' launched many local careers
Folklorist and cultural icon Holly Betaudier was pioneering in creating local
entertainment and cultural programmes for television when he served at the
now defunct TTT. PHOTO: SEAN DRAKES
You may still hear his voice
every morning on I95.5FM dur-
ing a short feature called Toute
Bagai. But long before this show,
Holly Betaudier---the Arima Kid,
Holly B or Uncle Holly---was a
giant of T&T culture. For
decades, the folklore fan pro-
moted local music and talent.
He was an influential advocate
for keeping traditional parang alive
with his Holly B Parang Band-
wagon that was active up to 2010.
Over the past 45 years, Betaudier
hosted the late parang queen Daisy
Voisin and her band La Divina
Pastora Serenaders, the Carib
Santa Rosa parang side of Arima,
the San Jose Serenaders of St
Joseph, and many other bands.
At 90 years of age, he s now
unable to do as much as before,
but according to his wife Valerie,
Betaudier is still very much the
witty and charming man she has
The couple still go to the gym
three times a week. Betaudier
enjoys outings and spending time
with the family, says Valerie.
"He is just contented with his
life at present," she says.
From security guard
Betaudier s career in media
began in August 1946 as an
announcer with the American
army base. He worked for the US
Armed Forces radio service net-
In a past television interview,
Betaudier said he became attracted
to media and particularly radio
after discovering a comic book
feature called Little Orphan Annie.
According to Betaudier, Annie got
lost in a New York city subway
station and was found by someone
who took her to a radio station.
"The host did such a great
description of her that she was
immediately found," said Betaudi-
"At this point, I got fascinated
with radio. To think that in one
state in America, in one little stu-
dio, one little missing girl could
be found and all of America knew
about her and discovered her and
brought her back to her family. I
thought this was marvellous."
But Betaudier never thought he
would have a long media career.
The former security guard-
turned-radio announcer also
found himself in television in 1962.
In that year, when T&T gained
its independence, the T&T Tel-
evision (TTT) station was
launched. Betaudier helped pio-
neer local cultural and entertain-
ment programmes much loved by
audiences, especially the popular
talent show Scouting for Talent.
Scouting helped launch the careers
of many entertainers and became
a platform for local culture.
Scouting for Talent
Morris Theophille entered the
Scouting for Talent show in the
late 70s at the age of 35 and won
the 1982 finals, singing a rendition
of That Lucky Old Sun, written
by American composer James
Gillespie. After his win, he
appeared regularly on the show
as a guest performer. In a tele-
phone interview with Theophille,
he said being on the show gave
him great exposure: "I still get
gigs up to today from that show."
He remembers Betaudier being
very encouraging when he first
entered the competition.
"What Holly Betaudier did for
local entertainment and enter-
tainers was great. It is because of
him that many of us even have a
Theophille noted that local
shows like Scouting for Talent,
The Aunty Kay Show and Twelve
and Under with the late Hazel
Ward-Redman, are missing now
in television programming.
"It would be nice to see shows
like those again, which can really
serve as a platform for young peo-
ple," said Theophille.
Another Scouting for Talent
performer was calypsonian Errol
Asche, who made seven finals in
Asche, the father of former
calypso monarch winner Karene
Asche, started performing on
Scouting For Talent while still
attending San Juan Secondary
School. He quickly grew as a
favourite on the show. He, too,
credits Scouting for Talent for
launching his singing career. After
the show he went on to sing pro-
fessionally, releasing his first offi-
cial song in 1979, Hot Soca.
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Holly Betaudier, "The Arima Kid," receives an Award of Excellence
from Mayor Edward Metivier on March 2, 1988.
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