Joe Green - RIP and others...
Fri May 5 18:25:21 EDT 2006
I had the opportunity to fly with Joe once, when both our (my and
Kevin O'Keefe's) helicopter was under the weather. Joe was quite the
character. He did not smoke his trademark cigars when I flew with
him... but did stay with the piston powered Enstrom C "Shark" while
everyone else was going to the Jet powered Bell 206 Jetranger and
Hughes 500. I remember hearing stories of how he had cut a report or
two short because he had dropped a cigar in his lap and really had to
put the mic down to get it :-)
Joe would also push the weather a bit harder than anyone else... He
really loved what he was doing, and more than once had to land and
leave his helicopter along the esplanade, or at the gravel pit along
Rt. 1 (Revere) because the fog came down more than expected.
And yeah... I worked for Metro for a number of years, both flying and
on the ground. Not everyone always had things right... you just
can't. But as we all flew out of the same airport in Beverly... there
was this camaraderie that would allow us to help each other out. Even
before I started carrying a scanner up in the air, Joe, Kevin,
Officer Bill... they'd all listen to each other's broadcast reports
on the radio. If someone was late getting up or missed something and
was out of position... it wasn't unknown for another reporter to
advise them to "check out what's going on here...."
But those were the days when traffic reporting was an art... and the
artists like Joe will always be remembered.
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