In the wonderful job I have with Crikey I’ve met, spoken to, interviewed, dined and drunk with some of the most famous and influential people in recent Australian history. But there’s only one encounter I ever boast about: I got to ask Alan Alda a question once at the National Press Club.

OK, I overcomplicated the question and confused him, but damn it, I asked a question of Hawkeye himself. And that’s one to tell the grandkids, assuming they know what the hell I’m talking about. Because I’m a M*A*S*H addict.