Saturday, April 10, 2010

B.A. on the P.A.

I was musing the other day about how Mr. T would be a good celebrity master of ceremonies in the Dorchester Day parade, marching beside Dorchester's honorary mayor.  People outside Dorchester may wonder how someone qualifies to be Dot Mayor for a year.  They raise the most money to support the parade.

I don't know how much Mr. T, nee Laurence Tureaud, is  charging for personal appearances nowadays but it must be less than when he was riding he crest of popularity of Rocky III and the A Team.  In my book, diverting a few parade dollars to nab Mr. T to ride shotgun in the mayoral float would trump any total dollar amount.  It would be like Louis Armstrong leading the Zulu krewe.

Aside from Dot Day speculations, wouldn't Mr. T be the perfect spokesman for the MBTA?  Again, I would like to point out that in both real and inflationary dollars, the illustrious Mr. T's fee is probably less than it was in the late 1980s/early 1990s.  I wouldn't mind hearing Mr. T warn about trash causing fires on the electrified tracks or advising me to take the T to see the Bruins.  "Fare evasion is a crime, fool!"  Mr. T knows how to deliver a message and he does it much better than the droning voices currently on the T's PA system.  

Imagine standing on the outbound platform of South Station.  Mr. T's voice booms out, "The Ashmont train is now approaching!  Ashmont!  Step back if you want Braintree, this isn't your train!  Braintree's next, wait your turn!  Good things come to the people who wait!  Stay behind the yellow line, don't be a fool!"

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