Thursday, 18 December 2014 06:37

'Telstraman' Thodey honoured by iTWire

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“Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No – it’s Telstraman!”

Telstra CEO David Thodey has been reluctantly forced to accept a caricature of himself as ‘Telstra man’, brilliantly executed by iTWire artist Sharon ‘Shazza’ Rowland.

Telstra has held Christmas drinks for members of the press at its newly refurbished Sydney offices. A highlight of the evening was the presentation to CEO David Thodey of the famous ‘Telstraman’ caricature of himself as a superhero, based on Telstra’s outstanding financial performance since he became CEO in 2009.

The drawing was presented to Thodey by iTWire contributor and CommsWire editor Graeme Philipson. It was sketched by the increasingly well-known Shazza, art teacher and sometime iTWire illustrator (and Philipson’s partner).

“I wish I actually had a body like that,” Thodey said, referring to the muscular ripples on the cartoon character’s torso.

The drawing is one of many Rowland has executed for the iTWire stable. Her illustration of George ‘Metadata’ Brandis as a postman is also a minor blogosphere sensation, as much for its brilliant representation of the Attorney General’s reptilian sneer as for its caption “ we don’t want to know your
address, we just want to know where you live.”

It is believed Thodey was thrilled to be presented with the caricature. “I’m thrilled to be presented with the caricature,” he was heard to say, tucking it under his arm as he left the gathering.

iTWire’s rival publications were not impressed.

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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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