GE 1997-8 Season 4 Episode 3: Paulitorial
Note: this is not a transcript, but a working draft of the script, so there may be differences in the aired version.
PAUL: I was going to talk to you today about democracy and my
take on the whole sorry mess, what with oppressive regimes
recently usurped and consigned to the dust heap in places
like South Africa, Scotland and Higher Volta.
But with the death of Sir Freeman Crotty, I've been driven to an
extemporaneous mode, to muse about longevity, habit, history - in
short, the lessons we learn in this life.
You know, Sir Freeman oversaw all aspects of broadcasting here in
Nfld. for sixty two years. Admirable in a way.
But if you analyze that situation coldly, you realise he kept at
least two people from gainful employment. I look around me in the
cafeteria at lunch time and think, "there's another old geezer we
could throw in front of a truck and no one would notice the difference."
I ponder my position here at the BCN, a position nowhere near as
influential, nor as remunerative, nor as protected by bloodlines,
as Sir Freeman's was. Sitting in this chair, I can see the vultures
circling overhead. I was born before confederation - well, just
hours before, actually, so it's not really that long ago, 50 years
April after next - and there's a younger set of broadcast wannabes
waiting for me to go. They're sitting in the front seat of that
"death to geezers" truck with the motor running and the gearshift
in neutral. No offense, Erling.
Sir Freeman's life here has been exemplary in other ways.
His dictum, "doing nothing is doing the most", while superficially
simple, is penetratingly profound and deeply wise. Let's face it -
you collect all the information, distill it with the present conditions,
water it a little with the perceived and possible results and
ramifications, and then decide to do nothing. That is brave.
When action is called for, and after consideration you let the
predicament play itself out ... well, I mean. It's a lot like God
creating the world and giving us all free will, then standing back
with almighty restraint.
Come to think of it, it's exactly like that.
Not only do we bemoan the loss of Freeman Crotty and his legacy,
we dread his successor.
Not because we know who the successor is, but because we fear they
might upset the apple cart and do something.