It looks like the guy who could be the local face of the Tea Party (but, of course, he'd have to disaffiliate from the "Me Party" first) has hit another speed bump on his way to talk radio immortality. We wait with bated breath for the next chapter of "How the Weasel Turns."
Of course, that chapter could be hard to find. As Phillipe and Jorge went to press, Channel 10 was the only local media outlet covering this story (prior to our contribution above). Why this lack of interest? Some might view this as one person screwing things up in his private life — a personal affair.
But when a highly visible media person who thunders repeatedly on air about "family values" and attacks others for their lack of same is exposed to be a blatant hypocrite (cue Jimmy Swaggart and legions of other holier-than-thous) — and compounds this hypocrisy with death threats that Mr. Cicerone took seriously enough to say it frightened him and his family —— this is no longer just another sordid and steamy affair that is nobody's business. Perhaps the other media were so embarrassed that the JARheads scooped them, they didn't want to run with it and remind people of that fact. Now they certainly wouldn't do that, would they (cough)?
WE'RE NOT BUYING IT
A quick reminder that on November 26, from 10 am until 2 pm, very caring local folks will hold the 14th Annual Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange. The event, a counterpoint to the crazed holiday shopping season, involves donating winter coats for the vulnerable. Center of the universe that day will be on the lawn of the State House, fittingly right across from the consumer colossus that is the Providence Place mall. The event will also have outposts in Pawtucket, at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, 175 Main Street, and at three other sites statewide. Contact Greg Gerritt for further info at 331-0529; or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell 'em P+J sent you.
SO LONG, GEORGE
As deadline was approaching, P+J heard the sad news that veteran local broadcaster George Allen had passed away. The smiling, avuncular Allen was the longtime host of the legendary "Dialing for Dollars" afternoon movie show. And yes, P+J — who knew George for many years — can assure you that he was the same sunny fellow in real life as he was on TV. Just a very warm and gentle man. Occasionally we would bump into George at a performance by the Pink Tuxedos, the great a cappella singing group that featured George's friend and colleague, Glenn Laxton, and P+J's pal, Gary Lait Cummings. George always had a kind word and a smile for everyone.
Jorge in particular loved George. About 25 years ago, George invited Jorge to come over to the Channel 6 studio in New Bedford where Dialing for Dollars was produced. Not only did Jorge co-host with George that day but George and the crew allowed Jorge to "direct" the show. This meant that, coming back from commercial, the camera would be aimed at a waste basket and, slowly moving back, reveal Jorge furiously ripping up cue cards. Thank you, George, for letting Jorge release his Ernie Kovacs. You were the best.