Monday, July 01, 2002

When Sinatra or Streisand waxed musically, "Bring on the Clowns," they weren't referring to those CBS lighthearted Pagliacci's, that filled the working hours with their brand of buffoonery. The technicians didn't have a corner on the market of funny lines, quick wit, sly humor, or subtle pranks, or trash.

Bill Mauldin, of World War 2, cartooning fame, used actual battlefront scenes and penned them into factual jokes. In our studio settings, Johnny Brennan, could make any line laughable, however, for sheer buffoonery the studio champ would have to be Joe Desmond.

For today's page out of my Alice in Wonderland mind, I chose Bruno Fucci as the "Clown of the road." What makes Bruno, different from the other roadies, is that he enjoyed himself while being one of the very best at his trade. Fucci (pronounced Foo-Chee), is a strong, gregarious man that believed in himself to the point that he held back none of his feelings. He is up front at all times with his thoughts. No one can mistake his intentions.
However, for sheer idiocy, lightheartedness, and slashing wit, Fucci is a clown character. Stories abound about him throughout the States. Go to any hotel counter and mention Fucci's name and you will either get a smile, or get thrown out of the joint. Bruno also had culinary skills somewhere between a Frankfurter Stand on 56th Street, and a Sunday's home cooking from your mother's kitchen.

All this good-humored brusqueness was a fa├žade. Beneath, and deep in his big heart, was a gentle soul that could put a comforting arm on a friend and walk him to a corner, and commiserate, and share the burdens of the mind that only a roadie can talk about. He was there for you when needed.
Bruno has Emmys, more than that though; he has the love and affection of all that plied their trade with him at CBS.
Like the CBS icon, the "EYE", the technicians have Bruno Fucci.
Regards,

Tony Cucurullo