Siyanda Ndlovu
Digital Journalist
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30 Jan 2021
12:21 pm

Computicket Founder Percy Tucker dies at 92

Siyanda Ndlovu

He founded Computicket in 1971, the world's first computerised ticket booking system.

Percy Tucker founder of Computicket. Picture: Screengrab

The Founder of Computicket Percy Tucker has died at age 92, his website announced.

Tucker, who devoted his life to the development and furthering the live arts and entertainment, forged productive relationships with creative artists and managements across Europe, Britain and the US.

“The breadth of Percy’s interests, ranging from his first love – the theatre – through classical music in all its forms to ballet, modern dance, popular music, variety, and spectacle, saw him become an integral figure in the show business industry in his country as an advisor, councillor, mentor, organiser, impresario, and innovator,” reads the statement.

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Internationally, he is known, above all, for the founding of Computicket, the world’s first fully operative computerised, centralised ticket-booking system, which he introduced in South Africa in 1971.

“For this concept and its realisation, Percy Tucker has been extensively honoured as it changed forever the way tickets for entertainment was marketed worldwide,” the statement reads.

He won the Moyra Fine Vita Award for lifetime contribution to SA Theatre, and the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award, among others.

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