PAI KIT FAI / GEOFFRY MORGAN PIKE
AUTHOR – CARTOONIST – ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE – ENVIRONMENTALIST
Geoffrey Morgan Pike wrote some of his books under the pen name ‘Pai Kit Fai’. This name was given to him by his Chinese in-laws. Loosely translated, it means “White Person of Letters and Grand Ambition’.
Geoff was born in Tottenham, Middlesex on 17 October 1929, to parents Mildred and Robert Pike, he had two siblings Anthony J. Pike and Peter Robert Pike.
At age 14 he entered training on the Navy ship Indefatigable, and went to sea in 1945 aged 15.
In 1949, Pike emigrated to Australia where he worked in the outback breaking horses, felling trees and sailing aboard deep-sea trawlers.
An adventurous youth made the works of Jack London, Ernest Hemmingway and Banjo Patterson essential reading; he began selling his cartoons and short stories to Country newspapers in 1950.
After several years at sea in the Caribbean, he joined the British army at the outbreak of war with Korea to become a Regimental Drill Sergeant, returning to Australia as an immigrant in 1954.
Working his way through art-school, he became an illustrator and newspaper cartoonist: This led to two highly successful careers
the first in animated films as a pioneer of Australian animation
first to introduce animated educational films to Asia;
and first to produce and direct US co-production with Paramount Pictures where he became artistic director on many popular cartoons such as Beetle Bailey and Krazy Kat with American Paramount Studios.
He created the Unbearable Bear in T.V. Tours, an animated cartoon series for Artransa Park Television, featured a globe trotting koala with itchy feet.
He then created a series of books based on the TV show:
• Unbearable Bear – Boy and Bear
• Unbearable Bear in Ireland
• Unbearable Bear in London
• Unbearable Bear in Scotland
Working his way through art-school, he became an illustrator and newspaper cartoonist: This led to a highly successful career in International advertising, much of it establishing Western products and services in Asian markets.
Over a period of 30 years, he held the position of Regional Creative Director for the world’s leading Ad.-agencies, receiving every international Industry Award, plus the prestigious ‘ H. K. McCann Award ‘ for creative excellence and outstanding leadership.
Geoff worked with Bryce Courtenay at McCann Erickson advertising agency, most notably on the Mortein advertisement, “Louie the Fly“. Bryce wrote the jingle and Geoff created the cartoon and animation. He also created the animation for the McWilliams‘ monk advertisement.
Whilst living in Hong Kong, he met and married the granddaughter of Sir Robert Kotewall, one of the British Colony’s most famously prominent founders.