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I was talking to an older gentleman tonight and when he found out I was from MA, he told me a story about his brother working for a bunch of radio stations and helping make a production called "Signal Sixteen," apparently about MSP. I lived in MA for most of the first 30 years of my life and never heard of it before.

Several internet searches reveal only one mention of such a production:

MySpace.com - Ranger Cody - 64 - Male - NASHVILLE, Tennessee - www.myspace.com/437553742

I do not think "Uncle Cody" was the brother of the man I spoke to, judging by what that MySpace page tells about him; the guy's brother was more of a technical audio advisor for broadcast radio rather than a filmmaker or TV-related person.

I can try to get more info as I see this man a few times a week; I was not expecting my hunt for information to come up with so little and thought I could just type it into Google and learn all about it.
 

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"Unfortunately the financial backing for the series ended and along with Cody's project."
 

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Are you talking about the old film that actually had the Colonel in it when he was just a boot?
 

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I dont remember seeing John Wayne is this one.
 

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It's called "Over 100 Years .... New" made by Public Safety Films of Dallas, Texas in the mid 1970's. In addition to the Duke's narration, there is a forward by Walter Cronkite. Lot's of familiar faces; most retired, some very recently. Also includes a "wicked pissa" tune at the end sung by a trooper who later retired and opened Michael Patrick's Pub on Rte 28 in Dennisport. The original "Singing Trooper".
 

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It's called "Over 100 Years .... New" made by Public Safety Films of Dallas, Texas in the mid 1970's. In addition to the Duke's narration, there is a forward by Walter Cronkite. Lot's of familiar faces; most retired, some very recently. Also includes a "wicked pissa" tune at the end sung by a trooper who later retired and opened Michael Patrick's Pub on Rte 28 in Dennisport. The original "Singing Trooper".
That Trooper, is Joe MacDonald. He still sings once in a while at the Irish Village in West Yarmouth. I believe he was there for St. Pats day. He sold the restaurant a while ago.
Rumor was that The Duke got off the plane at Logan in full pack as a Colonel. He was made an "honorary" Colonel in the State Police around that time. Wonder if any of those pictures exist.
Anybody know who the other "2" honorary Colonels are or were?
The movie was called "A hundred years young." If you check around the barracks you may find a copy somewhere. Each barracks got one. Ours is still on the same shelf it has been for almost 30 yrs.
 

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Rumor was that The Duke got off the plane at Logan in full pack as a Colonel. He was made an "honorary" Colonel in the State Police around that time. Wonder if any of those pictures exist.
Anybody know who the other "2" honorary Colonels are or were?
Ted Williams is one...I forget who the other was...
 

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I assume that management worked their way up from being old school Troopers...why would they change anything for the worse ? How so ?
 

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I assume that management worked their way up from being old school Troopers...why would they change anything for the worse ? How so ?
Probably because anyone that knows the job doesn't want to go anywhere near that job.

My guess is that somewhere back in time there was a guy who thought he was the most qualified and nobody was smarter than him.

The only way he got the job was through connections and becoming a "yes" man. From there it just spread like a bad virus.

Just my opinion by looking at various departments.
 

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Thanks for all of the replies folks. I will see what more I can learn the next time I run into the guy.

On a side note, Michael Patrick's is no more, it's something completely different now. I used to love their fish and chips and live Irish music. I went to go there last summer and was disappointed. So I had to settle for Captain Parker's!!!

I'm actually a Dennis native myself, but have never been to Irish Village...
 

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After seeing these posts I had to break out my old VHS tape of "Over 100 Years ... New" (copied from an original print the station commander at SP Framingham had in his office many years ago). I have to admit, there are about two thousand laughs in the production, as the acting (mostly done by troopers) has a distinct local flavor to it. The drunk driving crash scene is accompanied by a soundtrack that can only be described as "70's porno remix".

Also watch for early product placement. Sponsored by McDonald's, Kelly Tires, Coca-Cola , Stanley Home Products among others, the goods and services of these companies keep popping up throughout the movie.

Great time capsule for MSP as it was in the seventies; staged academy scenes, Logan Airport and Boston Marathon footage along with parallel dramatizations of significant MSP arrests/incidents (Coyle brothers manhunt and shootout, etc...) It 's been shown to many MSP classes in the past, but I don't know if they still do that.

And yes, now Colonel Delaney is a centerpiece of the film. A boot on break in, we watch as he meets his new station commander, books his first C-16, assists at a death notification and wraps up with a massive shootout involving two rat bastards and dozens of troopers.

They should issue this movie to all troopers upon graduation. For those of you who can get your hands on a copy, I urge you to burn it to a DVD and pass it along to others. Just great stuff...
 

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And yes, now Colonel Delaney is a centerpiece of the film. A boot on break in, we watch as he meets his new station commander, books his first C-16, assists at a death notification and wraps up with a massive shootout involving two rat bastards and dozens of troopers.
Sounds like a John Woo movie.

Say, a John Woo movie, set in Boston? I'd pay to see that.
 

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The other two Honorary Colonels are Walter Cronkite and Boston Marathon legend Johnny Kelley.
Bingo !! Give the man a cigar!

Thanks for all of the replies folks. I will see what more I can learn the next time I run into the guy.

On a side note, Michael Patrick's is no more, it's something completely different now. I used to love their fish and chips and live Irish music. I went to go there last summer and was disappointed. So I had to settle for Captain Parker's!!!

I'm actually a Dennis native myself, but have never been to Irish Village...
Joe used to own Clancys on Upper County Road in Dennis before MP's. Now it is some dive, or was a dive. It may only be open during the summer now. It really was a nice place when he owned it. Great food and entertainment. They poured great drinks too!
 

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They should issue this movie to all troopers upon graduation. For those of you who can get your hands on a copy, I urge you to burn it to a DVD and pass it along to others. Just great stuff...
I worked in "D" Troop for 13 years and never saw a copy of this tape. I'd love to watch it though. Let us know if anyone ever burns one. I'd be interested in getting a copy.
 
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