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TERRI SPREADS THE WORD ON STEVE
News Source: The Courier-Mail (19th November 2007)
by Glenis Green
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A BOOK on Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin written by his wife Terri has been met with a Harry Potter-style buying frenzy in the United States.

The uplifting, humorous and at times heart-breaking account of their relationship, titled My Steve, has been flying off bookshelves since its American launch two weeks ago.

The same response is expected here after the book's official Australian launch today by Terri at the inaugural Steve Irwin Day at the family's Australia Zoo at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast.

Terri said yesterday that she had been "head down and bum up" at US signings right up until she flew back to Australia on Monday.

"The book stores said they hadn't seen crowds like it since the Harry Potter books," she said. "There were 600 people waiting outside the door when we started at 7am and they were still there at 2pm.

"While it's exciting, it's also good to get the conservation message across. I appreciate that it (the interest) is all about Steve and what he stood for."

After spending the first anniversary of Irwin's death in private on September 4, the family have now concentrated their efforts into a worldwide celebration of his life today with concerts, backyard campouts, khaki promotions and more to raise funds for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.

In what the zoo is calling "the celebration of the century", Steve Irwin Day today will feature live performances by Olivia Newton-John and Jimmy Barnes.

A beach has been trucked into the zoo for the event, which will include a khaki fashion parade, a Wollemi pine giveaway, an auction of signed Irwin memorabilia and a massive fireworks display at Mooloolaba in the evening.

Terri also attended the University of Queensland last night to accept a posthumous professorship in Irwin's name.


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