If I remember correctly he thought I had the chops to be a writer rather than a cartoonist (HA!) and it was hard to get the job he had and he'd been a school teacher for some time(?) He seemed incredibly old to me as he was all of 37!
Then had to ask me to leave after about 1/2 an hour as he had meetings with the editor to nut out the cartoons for that day. He also gave me a bunch of thumbnails which I framed and are fading with time. He drew straight to pen on paper for all his pocket cartoons in The Age (from what I could tell).