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PERCY TUCKER HONOURED (article first published : 2005-04-25)

At a function last week in Johannesburg, The Rotary Club of Orange Grove, honoured Percy Tucker, with its highest award. Percy Tucker, Founder of Computicket, was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in recognition of his contribution to Arts and Culture nationally and internationally. The Award is sponsored by the Rotary Foundation, which has collected $650 million towards the eradication of polio worldwide, by the end of 2005.

Percy received a certificate in a leather cover signed by the President of Rotary; a Ribbon with a Medal attached; a framed citation recognising his work and a Rotary lapel badge.

The citation recognises Percy's lifetime involvement with the arts, as well as how he lived out his dreams of changing forever, the marketing of tickets for entertainment by being a pioneer in the field of computerised reservations and the founder of Computicket.

In his acceptance speech, Percy said: “Without an audience a performance is meaningless and my aim was to enable people to see anything they wanted with ease. I think I have been very lucky in my life. To be star struck for a lifetime and to succeed in turning this passion into a rewarding career is the stuff of which dreams are made of, and for me the dream became a reality.”

Percy has previously been honoured with other awards, the most notable being Marketing Man of the Year; The Moyra Fine Award for lifetime contribution to SA theatre; the Theatre Managements of SA lifetime achievement award; Computer Week award as the first visionary in this country to recognise an opportunity arising from networking technology.

His autobiography Just the Ticket was published by Jonathan Ball in 1997 and was recorded by Radio Today and broadcast in 2003/2004. Recently the idea of Computicket was chosen as one of the top 10 inventions (out of 200 submissions) at the Great South African Inventions Exhibition held recently at the MTN Science Centre in Cape Town




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