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COMPUTICKET TURNS 33 (article first published : 2004-08-20)

Some 50 years ago on August16, Percy Tucker opened Show Service, South Africa's first professional theatre and booking office at 100 Eloff Street. Johannesburg. In 1960, the company moved to Rand Central in Jeppe Street (the site of the old Bijou Cinema).

17 years later - again on the 16th August Percy Tucker opened the first computerised reservations system in the world called Computicket. Today this operates nationwide and handles every conceivable inventory consisting of thousands of events, across the whole spectrum of entertainment. Computicket was the first system in the world to successfully launch computerised reservations for the entertainment industry.

On another August 16 this time in 1994, Percy Tucker retired as MD of Computicket.

Last week on August 14, 2004, at an exhibition of Great South African Inventions held at the MTN Science Centre in Cape Town, Percy Tucker was honoured as Computicket was chosen as one the top ten great South African inventions.

The exhibition which features the birth of Show Service to its successor'Computicket and all the wonderful theatres and personalities, who have passed through its doors, will be on in Cape Town until the end of December before it goes on a national tour.

Those wishing to have a personal tour, should contact Percy Tucker on 083 377 9388 or e-mail: percy@iafrica.com




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