|Official Press Release by Bent Myggen, elder son of Arne Myggen.|
|Danish copy, click here
High resolution photos available here
Arne Myggen died peacefully April 25, 2005 at his home in
Chatsworth, California surrounded by his family. He was 84 years old
and had been suffering from Dementia/Parkinson disease for 3 years.
As radio emerged in Denmark, the young Arne Hansen worked
tirelessly both as a journalist in many leading papers and as a
radio-host. His sense of humor and gentle manner served him well as he
wrote books, monologues and sketches for Danish actors and comedians.
He interviewed visiting celebrities as part of a steady stream of news
and weekly magazine articles. His small stature earned him the nickname
“Mosquito” (Myggen) which he and the family later took on legally.
During the 1960’s and ‘70’s he and Klaus Walter ran a radio-show that
broke all records in terms of popularity, but this also created some
difficulties. For unknown reasons, the Danish Radio leadership decided
to make a new rule prohibiting free-lance workers from making a certain
(actually unspecified) amount of money each year. From 1969 to 1977,
Mr. Myggen would start the year by gaining enormous popularity with a
show, and then he would be removed from the job by reason of the
“honorar-loft” (earnings-cap). The logic of this rule could not be
explained, and Arne Myggen was the only person ever to be affected in
this way. Today the rule does not exist. After celebrating five years
of his and Klaus’ quiz-show’s success, and also being pronounced the
most popular radio-host by a leading weekly magazine, he was (again)
fired from his position, this time causing a blizzard of protest letters
from listeners. Perhaps in response to this public outcry, Arne Myggen
was given to host a then obscure fund-raising show, “Giro 413”, which
he, in a short amount of time, made into the most popular show and
(again) broke all records and expectations. The show raised money for
children’s homes – around 30,000 kroner per year which Arne raised to
1,6 million in two years.
Although reluctant to be politically active, Arne Myggen did not
follow the reigning social doctrine of the time and gave many speeches
to Danish Rotary Clubs expressing his views. He also introduced to the
Conservative party the attorney, Mogens Glistrup, who later formed a new
party “Fremskridspartiet” - which added considerable entertainment
value to the Danish Parliament for years to come.
The list of people Arne met, interviewed and sometimes became
friends with reads like a who’s-who of the world, from Eartha Kitt to
Danny Kaye, Ella Fitzgeald, Charlton Heston, Piet Hein, Victor Borge,
General Eisenhower, Louis Armstrong, Juri Gagarin, Ed Sullivan, Queen
Margrethe, Niels Bohr, Billy Graham, Sammy Davies, Marlene Dietrich
(whom he did not become friends with, but that’s another story), Telly
Savalas, Arthur Rubinstein, the Mills Brothers, Sven Rye, and the list
In 1977, he and Lillian immigrated to the USA to live in
California and be close to their two sons, Finn and Bent. From there he
was a correspondent to Jyllands Posten and wrote over 600 articles for
BIEN until a few years ago. Lillian and Arne were happily married for
More information, pictures and CDs can be found at www.Myggen.com
which over time will include stories, letters, and articles from
Myggen, as well as others about him. Arne Myggen is survived by wife,
Lillian, sons Finn and Bent, grandsons Nick, Dan and Mikael. His
greatest joy was to make someone smile, and he made a big difference in
an often grey country. He lived a full life with grace, kindness and
most of all, humor.
A private memorial was held at the Myggen home in Chatsworth. More details and sound-clips will be available later.