Fred Cusick (1918 – 2009)

OK, everybody.  Stop dying.  Now.

Fred Cusick, voice of the Bruins — dead from cancer, age 90.  When I was a mere cubicle, me and Pa Bureau gathered around the set and watched hockey.  And Fred was there with us.  For those behind the Chowdah Curtain, he was hockey’s version of Walter Cronkite — no joke.

I learned a while back that a paralegal (since departed to greener pastures) was from New Hampshaah.  He had a Bruins tattoo on his arm.  So I played a little word association.  I said, “Fred Cusick.”  And he said instantaneously — “SCORE!!”  (Examples in Youtube clip below.)  Everybody in New England would have that come to mind just as quickly.


@ManchuCandidate: I’ve got three words for those folks: “Get in line.”

@mellbell: Three more words: Wall Street Journal. Doesn’t look like Rupert is putting all of News Corp behind it.

More WSJ goodness:

A new book by Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer, “Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor,” describes a conversation that Mr. Latimer had before the president addressed the annual CPAC conference, the largest gathering of conservative activists in the country. Mr. Bush objected to language in the draft of his remarks that attempted to identify the president with the conservative “movement.”

“What is this movement you keep talking about in the speech?” the president asked Mr. Latimer. His aide explained that he meant the conservative movement, but quickly realized the president didn’t understand. So Mr. Latimer launched into an explanation, only to meet silence from the president.

“Let me tell you something,” the president finally said. “I whupped Gary Bauer’s ass in 2000. So take out all this movement stuff. There is no movement.”

Mr. Latimer said he found it surprising that the president seemed to equate the conservative movement, which has a proud pedigree stretching back to Robert Taft and Barry Goldwater, with the candidacy of Mr. Bauer, a second-tier figure who had little impact on the 2000 presidential primaries. Mr. Bush, sensing his speechwriter was perplexed, finally filled in the blanks. “Look, I know this probably sounds arrogant to say,” Mr. Bush said, “but I redefined the Republican Party.”

nojo: Hey — you want obits? Chicago 2016 is next.

Srsly: Black Eagle not making the roadie to Copenhagen (sending Michelle instead) is breaking the heart of Richard M. Daley, Mayor. (However, it must be said that the competition is sending Lula (Rio), King Carlos (Madrid) and Emperor Akihito (Toyko). Sending the missus might lend some girl power to the proceedings. Clever Barry.)

As if cash strapped DC is going to roll out the red carpet for what was really a bunch of loons from Tejas and other places. These are the same folks who believe that subway infrastructure maintains itself without any human input or tax monies.

As a comedian once pointed out, “NO ONE IS HAPPY RIDING PUBLIC TRANSIT.” As someone who got stuck in a suck ass traffic jam this evening. I’d like to add that “NO ONE IS HAPPY DRIVING A FUCKING CAR EITHER.”

@chicago bureau: But wouldn’t that be cause for celebration?

@chicago bureau:
You should follow Toronto’s example and get your mayor to say something stupid and racist.

Better yet, hire Mel Lastman as an Anti-Olympic Consultant.

From what I’ve read, even Beijing kinda regrests the Olympics.

@ManchuCandidate: I dunno. If the stops are placed right for my travel, I always think they’re neat. DC Metro has always served me well. Sao Paulo’s system was impressive. London’s just great after you learn the scale of the city and can judge distances better between stations and destinations. Just came back from a set of meetings in Atlanta and the system was fast and spotless. These people are stupid and way crabby.

@ManchuCandidate: You should follow Toronto’s example and get your mayor to say something stupid and racist.

There you go. Appoint Blago to the organizing committee.

Maybe it’s a North American thing.

I’ve always loved the Paris Metro. Spent a Sunday just traveling all around Paris via metro when I was forced (long story) there for a month thanks to work.

Have faint memories of Tokyo, but mostly of having Japanese businessmen’s faces jammed into my armpits. Much rather preferred the Shinkansen. Those bullet trains are things of beauty.

Yes, I’m a public transit nerd (and insomniac one.)

I really should go to bed.

Might not be a good idea. The IOC and Blago both speak the international language of corruption.

@ManchuCandidate: Well, I dunno if those trains qualify as a metro subway. I took the Nozomi to Kyoto to run the temples and castles one February years ago. It snowed while I was there and put a white dusting on the castles and temples. How far out on the high speed line did you go? It was, for me, like being in a science fiction movie because the trains were so incredibly quiet.


Hey, y’all it’s me. The long knives are out at the mouse since our recent aquisition, because the word is layoffs. Been lunching and cocktailing all week, trying to defend my position and also actually working all week so that the axe will fall in somebody else’s office. Scary – I don’t wan’t to enter this job market ( for fuck’s sake, I’m in creative)

….and I’m commenting from my cell phone, so forgive the gaffes. But you guys mean a lot to me, and what with me standing everybody up at the meet up and all, I just wanted you to know that I’m thinking of you… It’ just that things might get a little rough pretty soon, so I’m focusing on keeping what I have right now. I’ll be back to bitch and make fun of shit soon, but in the meantime I’ll ne lurking at best.

I’m missing you though. Think happy thoughts, I need them.

All my love,


@Tommmcatt Floats: Wha?! I thought the point of the acquisition was to buy the characters. What does a piddly comic-book company have to teach the World’s Greatest Marketing Machine about selling shit?


It’s not about that. It’s about the price. The word is that they need ready cash to make the books look solid for the stock price (the same thing happened when we bought Pixar, they cut positions right and left). And unless we play this right they’ll fold preschool into Disney Channel Live Action. And that means no more job for the ‘catt- or worse, they’ll bring me back as a contractor at 3/4 of the salery and no benifits. I’ve seen that before.

Fuck that in the ear.

I’m working the vendors and taking on extra work- of I’m ubiqutuous enough I won’t be cut, or if I am, I can land on my feet as an account rep or Art Director. But you have to work that shit, so I’m polishing my shoes and bending over backwards.

I worked hard to get here. I’m staying, or at least I’ll fight for it until the security guard shows up with the cardboard box.

I hate this corporate bullshit.
Fuck that in the ear.

@Tommmcatt Floats: Wow. Tied a bow on my tail and sending good thoughts your way. (PS. Should I be buying stock?)

I LOVE the DC Metro. I think it’s fab and always enjoy it when I’m working there. My fave is Boston’s T which I think is totally awesome. And LA’s bus system, which nobody rides. And New York’s mad subway is pretty fantastic if you go long distances to say nothing of being insanely cheap. I ride the Trailways bus to and from the New Paltz Park’n’Ride to the city when I have to be there and I like that too. I love going long distances on Greyhound buses. The London subway depresses me but that’s because I spent so many hours riding the damn Circle line in my youth.

@Tommmcatt Floats: Good luck Catt! Don’t be a stranger and Fight the Power!

@Tommmcatt Floats:
Good luck to you, Tommmcatt. Been there, done that too many times. I’m NOT proud to say, but I’ve stuck knives in people’s backs who were stupid enough to telegraph that they were out to put knives in mine and the dept I was working in.

I traveled from Tokyo to Hiroshima (my dad wanted to show us the museum there) and back on a family trip with stops inbetween.

@Tommmcatt Floats:

don’t you disappear, i worry. we can’t hear you lurking, and when in the weeds, you need to take 20 secs to check in allow us to send a collective beam of love and support. you hear me tommiecatt?
i certainly know of what i speak, and have been recipient of the power of the stin*e.

may the force be with you, love.

p.s. try and go for acct. rep, where the ka-ching is. fuck the creative temporarily, and btw, account exec can be *uite creative. what would you be dealing with? i can show you some very creative manipulation of cost for point.

The RMLs are all pulling for The Catt.

@Tommmcatt Floats: Did the Maus buy the Marvel movie operation also? After they’re done with Thor and Capt America in the next couple of years, there isn’t much left there in terms of big name movie property characters.

/awaits Manchu rising in defense of Ant-Man . . .

No frantic geek attack from this commenter.

Not big comic book guy, but even I know Ant-Man’s on the same level as Casper The Friendly Ghost Comics. Lame.

@Tommmcatt Floats: Thanks for checking in, darling–I’ve been worried. I’ve been through the acquisition/cuts routine at a large law firm, where the support staff are the first to go., and where if you were allowed to keep your job for a pay cut and twice the work you were grateful. Corporate does indeed suck.
We’re all pulling for you. Hugs.

@ManchuCandidate: He has that whole dysfunctional thing going on with the Wasp that included verbal and physical abuse that was just wrong.

@redmanlaw: @ManchuCandidate: I hear they’re finally going to film the little-known Marvel comic Ballet Boy for Zach Efron. The first one will be about how he finds the ancient Aztec dance-belt that gives him his super powers while on tour of Central American jungles with Jose Limon. Tom Cruise seem likely to play the evil genius Balanchine who tries to make our hero dance in lifts while simultaneously capturing Fiji, source of the official bottled water supply of the Tony® Award telecast. The part of the boyfriend is up for grabs. *cough*Ashton Kutcher*cough*

um…tommie, that would be cost PER point…(yeah, i saw my rastas)

i’m looking at houses all afternoon, after picking up ashes at the airport with a half stiched up poonanni, but will be back later to bitch about FUCKing word press and gravatar. and i knew this would happen. fun day.

and bachmann is really freaking me out, are we on this?

@Tommmcatt Floats: Sending lots of good thoughts your way, Tommcatt. I was laid-off in January and just landed a full-time gig a month ago. It is no fun out there.
@baked: “half stitched poonanni” slayed me.

Warm fuzzies all around.

@Tommmcatt Floats:

Best wishes and hoping for the best for you, Tommmy.

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