Your superior correspondents were tempted to invoke the old cliché, “Great minds think alike,” on Tuesday when we noticed that both Edward Fitzpatrick’s political column and Mark Patinkin’s “Pinky column” (well, what else would you call it?) in the Other Paper noted the more than passing resemblance between the recently arrested members of the North Providence Town Council (Messieurs Burchfield, Douglas, and Zambarano) and Messieurs Howard, Fine, and Howard, progenitors of the American Stooge Dynasty. A bit later that morning, while perusing the Tuesday edition of the Warwick Beacon, we noticed a Stooge-themed cartoon by Charlie Hall, also celebrating the similarities.
We know of at least three other friends and intimates who picked up on the Stooge likeness last week when the Urinal published a photograph with the Naught Providence councilmen posing in a three-head formation originally perfected by the Columbia Pictures PR department in the ’30s. But as tempting as it is to lean on that “great minds think alike” crutch, we think the synchronicity owes more to the fact that Fitzpatrick, Patinkin and Hall are in the right age group (over 45) and of the right gender to have been among the most deeply influenced by the Stooges in their ill-spent youth. (We also note that perhaps only at Casa Diablo would the phrase “great minds” be found in the same sentence as “Mark Patinkin” and “Charlie Hall.” The jury’s still out on Fitzpatrick, but we understand there are at least 12 angry men and women currently in deliberations.)
We are a bit surprised that while many people have noted the North Providence council Stop & Shop caucus’ resemblance to the Stooges, no one has ever pointed out that the Cardi brothers (aka “NiRoPe”) also look like the three. Perhaps this is because NiRoPe spreads around a lot of advertising cash, some of which finds itself in the coffers of daily newspapers and TV stations. (And don’t you think that Nick Cardi is far more “Moe-like” than anyone on the North Providence City Council?)
No one should shy away from making a Stooge/NiRoPe comparison. We’ve always found Nick, Ron, and Pete to be good sports. In fact, we’re actually baffled as to why Cardi’s has not already exploited a Stooges theme in their TV ad campaigns. Maybe because it would require the destruction of perfectly good furniture? Oh well, this is enough Stooge Deep Think for us.
A few of weeks ago it was announced that Carol Young, the BeloJo’s deputy executive editor, was retiring. The chatter among the Fountain Street tribe of ink stained wretches has always been quite consistent over the years: all the compliments and kudos poured on the longtime news ramrod were totally deserved.
Over her many years at the paper, seldom was heard a discouraging word about Ms. Young. Most of the reporters we know had the utmost respect for her and she was especially esteemed by the many young journalists who found in her a thoughtful and caring mentor.
And, speaking of the Other Paper, congratulations to the retired longtime political columnist, M. Charles Bakst, who was recently inducted into the RI Newspaper Association Hall of Fame (Ms. McCabe is already in the Hall).