Wednesday, January 11, 2012


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. 


Stephen Hayes said...

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.

The Bug said...

I agree with Stephen - dish!

Tom Cochrun said...

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.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

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.

Lowandslow said...

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?) :)


Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

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

Steve said...

a couple of dapper lads.