Readers Write

“My Cooz Moment”
In 1957 or ’58 I was in the field house avoiding my studies and there he was, The Cooz, all by himself putting up his assortment of running one-handers, one-handed set shots and his improbable hook shot. As I watched in wonder, he stopped and moved to a side court to practice his free throws and I saw it as my opportunity to get closer to this true phenom. I positioned myself so that I would not distract him but would be able to pounce on any loose balls in order that he would not have to come off the foul line. Silly boy. He not only made 38 in a row but, unfathomable to me, all the shots came directly back to him so that he did not have to move at all! The 39th did not go in, but I was so entranced that I did nothing to retrieve it and the great one just strolled off the court. Neither of us said a word.
Charlie Pacunas ’60
Franklin, Tenn.

Thank You 
On behalf of all the members of The Bob Cousy Statue Committee, I would like to congratulate your staff on the excellent edition of Holy Cross Magazine with the special tribute to Mr. Cousy. This tribute is extremely meaningful to our committee since it follows the dedication of the Bob Cousy Statue on June 8, 2008. We also want to thank everyone on the Holy Cross campus for their cooperation during the two-year project and all the planning for the dedication. 
Ken Kaufman
Chair, Cousy Statue Committee 
Worcester, Mass.

Pass the Popcorn
The Fall 2008 Flashback “The Silver Screen in Kimball” mentions an open Jesuit palm swiftly blocking the projector beam to effect instant censorship. The free films many of us watched on Saturday nights in the early ’40s were kept discreet by something a bit more technical: cutting out the offensive footage, then splicing the film.

Excising the suggestive snippet would, of course, make the picture blip, promptly tipping off the audience that Hollywood’s art had been compromised and evoking howls of protest.

(Invariably, a couple of well-to-do students would have seen, for a fee, the uncensored movie off-campus, and informed their classmates of any suggestive segments censored at the Kimball showing.)

Example: In the 1940 classic “They Drive by Night,” George Raft (a truck driver) and Ann Sheridan (a waitress) are sharing this get-acquainted dialog.

“That’s some classy chassis you got there, sister.”
Her scornful reply, “Huh…you couldn’t even pay for the headlights.”

Miss Sheridan’s response was not heard in Kimball, but it was certainly quoted widely, in many post-film discussions en route back to our dorms.
Edward J. Finn ’43
Morristown, N.J.