Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The Disappearance Of Harold Holt

I have an odd fascination with the Prime Ministers of Australia. From Gough Whitlam, the only officeholder to be dismissed by the representative of the British (and, I suppose, Australian) crown, to Paul Keating, who proved that being super foulmouthed is not enough to guarantee your reelection on Prison Island, there are any number of fairly interesting stories. But it's tough to top that of Harold Holt, the man who went for a swim and never came back.

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johnpseudonym (#1,452)

No one will ever fill the void in my heart that was Silvio Berlusconi.

BadUncle (#153)

@johnpseudonym It would have been more poetic for him to disappear in a churning mass of bunga bunga.

cat1788 (#3,618)

Even better, there is a pool named for Harold Holt in Melbourne. We had our school swimming sports day there for a few years.

SeanP (#4,058)

@The Universe Next Door He was also the namesake for a US Navy ship: USS Harold E. Holt.

cat1788 (#3,618)

@SeanP Did it sink?

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