Monthly Archives: May 2011

People Magazine Features Gloucester and The Greasy Pole In Bert The Conquerer’s Guide To Thrills

Bob Hastings From The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce forwards this-


On The Travel Channel’s Website Bert Writes

It is impossible to write about the Massachusetts episode and not focus on the Greasy Pole competition. I have never had a better time or been more welcomed into a community than in Gloucester, Massachusetts. At the same time, I have never been more embarrassed by one of my performances than I was that day on the Greasy Pole. I have no defense and I will not try to justify my weak-ass attempt at getting the flag. I will, however, point out a few things I think are important to acknowledge before we BOTH call me a wimp.

First and foremost, I am somewhat of a wimpy man. Case in point: I live in L.A. Not a lot of hardcore, real men move to L.A. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Joe Rogan. Having said that, my performance at the Greasy Pole should not highlight what a wimpy man I am, but rather highlight what real men I was surrounded by. These were dudes with big, fat, rough hands. Guys that when they slap you on the back after a joke, it hurts (or at least it did me). Guys that don’t rupture spleens or get knocked unconscious; I do.

Second, I was at least ten years older than anyone on the platform (not counting my director LANI who was on the platform and much older than me). If this show has given me anything it is the realization that with age comes wisdom, and with wisdom comes fear, which sometimes sadly results in weak-ass attempts at Greasy Pole flags.

Last, and certainly not least, there were plenty of people that day that didn’t do the competition, and for good reason. A thirty foot fall, off a greased-up pole, into ten feet of water is, to say the least, intense. I would like to think that had I gotten a chance to try it four more times (like I thought I would) I would have been charging it just as hard as the rest of them. But as I sit here in my hotel room watching “Maury,” I can’t honestly say I would have. Thankfully I have twelve months to build up my courage and my core because next year, I will be a GREASY POLE CHAMP!!!

Here is the video I took of Bert’s Greasy Pole walk from the beach

And here was Bert’s Trailer from the Pole-

Roger Cressey- Gloucester Guy Gone Big Time

Roger is I think s a year or so ahead of my class and I believe he played on The Building Center’s Babe Ruth team.

Here are a bunch of his video clips

Roger can be seen reporting for NBC like he was this weekend.  He’s even got his own wikipeidia page-

Cressey received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1987 and a Master of Arts in security policy studies from George Washington University in 1991.[2] He has taught a graduate course on U.S. counter-terrorism policy at Georgetown University,[3] where he is currently an adjunct professor.[2]

Cressey worked at the Department of Defense, including as Deputy Director for War Plans. From 1991–95, he served in the Department of State, working on Middle East Security issues. He has also served overseas with the U.S. Embassy in Israel and with United Nations peacekeeping missions in Somalia and the former Yugoslavia.[3]

He was Chief of Staff to the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board at the White House from November 2001 to September 2002. From November 1999 to November 2001, he was Director for Transnational Threats on the National Security Council staff, where he was responsible for coordination and implementation of US counterterrorism policy. During this period, he managed the U.S. Government’s response to the Millennium terror alert, the USS Cole attack, and the September 11th attacks.[3]

In 2002, Cressey founded the corporate security company Good Harbor Consulting.

An on-air counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News, Cressey has been awarded the State Department’s Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, and the Defense Department’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

Cressey has been a foreign policy advisor to President Barack Obama, but not exclusively.[4]

Click here for the rest of his wikipedia page  where you probably won’t read about his former Babe Ruth Team, LOL

Note the name of his company- Good Harbor Consulting

Fishtown Horribles Day Fundraiser Wednesday May 11th at Giuseppe’s

Hi Joey,
Can you put this flier up and remind people of the fundraiser for the Fishtown Horribles Parade on Wed May 11 at Giuseppe’s? We are raffling off a prize pack that includes $25 gift certificate to Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar, Two tickets to Greasy Pole, The Musical at The Cape Ann from Henry Allen TheatreWorks and Two greasy pole shirts from Tiny Island Beach Glass. Value $115
Dinner, Show and Attire. What more can you ask for?
Giuseppe’s is generously donating 10% of the evening sales to The Fishtown Horribles Parade.
Also this will be the kick off to Hoot Night at Giuseppe’s with Scotty Parisi on the piano, 8-Close!
Thank you, Melissa Cox
Fishtown Horribles Parade Committee


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