Uncle Gus Dead At 85

Gary's Ice Cream gary@garysicecream.com
Sun Mar 20 17:19:01 EST 2005

I'm betting that "New Hampshire Chronicle" does a story on him some night
this week.   


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Scott Fybush
Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2005 2:29 PM
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Subject: Re: Uncle Gus Dead At 85

At 12:07 PM 3/20/2005, rogerkirk wrote:

>According to the Union Leader/New Hampshire Sunday News:
>"'Uncle Gus' Bernier, the TV friend of a generation of New Hampshire 
>children in the 1960s and '70s, died peacefully in his sleep yesterday 
>at his home in Hawaii."
>A detailed and quite lengthy story at:
>Channel 9's Web Site "www.TheWMURChannel.com" managed to devote a 
>whopping FIVE sentences in an AP wire headline halfway down the page - 
>below "Unlicensed Crematorium" and "M.E. Fraud" stories, but above the 
>"Pedestrian Accident" headline.  So much for heritage, local coverage 
>and in-depth reporting.

In fairness, it's a weekend and WMUR is probably lightly staffed. I don't
know what time the story moved last night, but I'd bet that WMUR didn't have
it in time to do anything much for their 6 or 11 shows on Saturday night,
which means the next chance they'll get is at 6 or 11 tonight. I'd hope like
heck that something more substantive shows up on the web after that. (If
they're anything like most small TV newsrooms, the website content comes out
of the on-air product, and if there's no weekend morning news, there's no
web update, either.)

The Union Leader, if it's anything like most newspapers (which it isn't, but
I digress :-) maintains a "morgue" file, and I'd bet that their lengthy
article was already sitting there written and ready to roll. Most broadcast
outlets lack the staff or the level of advance planning needed to have such
material ready. (Though I did see a stack of carts atop a filing cabinet at
CBS News when I visited last month that included a Dick Cheney obit...)


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