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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Old Timers Day?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 6:11 PM

The thermometer hit 96 degrees again in Beautiful Burlington, Vermont, but the humidity was significantly higher than yesterday and that kept a lot of the outdoor tables empty this noon, downtown on The Church Street Marketplace.

Air-conditioning was quite the "hot" commodity today, eh?

There were exceptions.

Recognize these two dudes at Ken's Pizza?

You'd recognize their voices...if you had been listening to Burlington radio through the 1980s and 90s.

That's Louie Manno of "Manno & Condon" fame on WQCR-FM and WKDR-AM on the left [Jim Condon has ended up representing Colchester in the Vermont Legislature.]

On the right, the one and only Arty Lavigne who year-after-year made 'The Wizard" aka WIZN-FM, rock!

Yours truly was en route to a lunch date at Sweetwaters with an old Vermont reporter-type - Diane Derby.  "Derbs" is quite familiar to Vermont news junkies and was U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords' last press secretary. Ate in the air-conditioned interior on the College Street side and got to watch all my "pals" from the Freeps go out for their lunch breaks.

The conversation was so good I completely forgot I was packing the little camera.

Realized that when I was sitting on the top block an hour later and this "tourist-type"  walked by.

Recognize him?

Let's just say you would if he had the black robe on over the shorts and Hawaiian shirt and you were in the courtroom on the Fifth Floor of the Federal Building during one of the many sessions he presides over.

Looks in pretty good shape, doesn't he?

Nice shirt.

Said he was coming back from his lunch break.

Given the decisions of the Roberts Court this term, I say, when it comes to the First Amendment: Use it, or lose it!


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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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