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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Every once in awhile I start thinking about days gone by.  My pal, Tom Cochrun who writes the blog Light Breezes and I worked together for a few years back in the late 60's/early 70's.  Here's how Tom looked when I first met him at WIBC Radio in Indianapolis.


Sort of looks like a Latin salsa musician, doesn't he?

Okay, just to make it up to him, here's how I looked in the previous year.


This was taken in Miami Beach at the 1968 Republican National Convention.  I don't remember who the guy on the left was but he has a look on his face as if he's thinking "Oh, god, here I am covering an important political convention and I have my picture taken with this bozo in a Nehru jacket!"

Well, Tom and I covered a lot of politics in our days in broadcasting.  But this year's Republican primaries so far make me just a bit envious of the Chuck Todd's and the Jake Tapper's of today's news circus.  Seems to me like they're having way too much fun.  But then I remember the hours spent every day, the lack of sleep, the occasional hangovers, the lousy food, and I'm glad all I have to do is read about it in the newspapers and watch it on t.v. 

7 comments:

  1. I bet you guys have some incredible stories you could share so come on. The statute of limitations has probably expired on most of your crimes by now.

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  2. LATIN SALSA MUSICIAN? I thought that was Mod!
    Burn those old pictures will you? My kids still sort of respect me.
    That must have been 1969 and shortly after I was hired.
    Remember how our boss "suggested" I get my near shoulder length hair cut? I guess I showed him huh?
    It did grow back as I recall.

    Yes, we had some fun. Sometime Bruce you should write about the night we "crashed" the Jimmy Carter
    caucus, this after spending time with Mo Udall,
    and a few other hospitality rooms, and before
    you spent your time walking and talking with Hubert
    Humphrey. As I recall we ended that night sitting
    on the floor outside George Wallace's hotel room
    sharing a bottle with his aid d'camp.

    Ah, the old days!
    On second thought maybe you shouldn't.

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  3. Oh, you can all bet (some of) those stories will come out in time. I was looking at an old video of a goodbye party at one of my former employer's and realized most of the people are dead.

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  4. I'm not sure I could be in close proximity with a politician for that long without trying to choke the livin' S__T out of him. (Wonder what that would do for the ratings?) :)

    S

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  5. Proximity does not always breed contempt, Scott. It depends on whether he's buyin' or not.

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