Dick Smith, Businessman and political activist

Dick Smith, AO (born Richard Harold Smith; 18 March 1944) is an Australian entrepreneur, businessman, aviator and political activist. He is the founder of Dick Smith Electronics, Dick Smith Foods and the Australian Geographic.  He was selected as the 1986 Australian of the Year.  Smith has also attempted a number of well-publicised practical jokes, including the “attempt” to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to Australia to obtain more fresh water. In the early 1980s Dick Smith served as the conductor aboard a London double decker bus which jumped 15 motorcycles. The bus, driven by Hans Tholstrup, was a humorous poke at Evel Knievel who had visited Australia in 1979 and jumped his motorcycle over buses. Dick Smith’s presence on the bus was a last minute decision by himself.


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