Hometown Boy Appears as Big-time ‘Insider’  
Thursday, September 21, 2006

Ed Patenaude So I’ve Heard

A limousine with CNBC Europe tags will pull up to a London hotel Monday to transport Webster native George Muzea to an 8:30 a.m. “Insider Trading” interview. London time translates to about 3:30 a.m. our time.

Mr. Muzea, the president of Muzea Insider Consulting Services of Las Vegas, is the author of “The Vital Few vs. The Trivial Many; Invest With the Insiders Not the Masses.” CNBC Europe’s Geoff Cutmore was to conduct the interview.

Muzea Insider Consulting has many clients in the United Kingdom and in France, and Mr. Muzea will visit in the UK through next Tuesday, going on to France for more conferences.

The London interview will follow Mr. Muzea’s many appearances on CNBC in this country, especially with Liz Claman when she had an early morning show. George Muzea has also contributed to “The Nightly Business Report” and Bloomberg News. He’s also sought out for comments by financial writers and columnists.

Mr. Muzea was in Webster a couple of years ago, when he was inducted into the Bartlett High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his leadership as quarterback of the 1955 football team, the only undefeated squad in BHS history. He returned earlier this summer for the 50th anniversary reunion of the BHS class of 1956.

The ’55 team will be honored at the next BHS Hall of Fame Athletic induction Oct. 7, but Mr. Muzea’s schedule reads “negative” to another Webster visit. “I was looking forward to seeing my teammates,” he said in an e-mail to this corner. He maintains contact with Sammy Tanko, a lifelong friend, and hung out with Ron Pokraka and Mike Mahan at the class reunion. “We talked a lot about that great year.”

Now, to visit George Muzea’s Webster heritage. It starts with the YD Diner on Main Street, at what is now a TV rental store, and then the YD Restaurant on Main Street near Chase Avenue, at what is now the site of a gasoline station.

Both were popular eateries. Pandely Muzea and sons James and Thomas were identified with both locations. The other boys in the family, Foster and George, were often about the restaurant, usually when their mother, Angelina, dropped by to help. I doubt that Pandely Muzea ever heard about “the vital few,” but he knew how to buy and prepare restaurant fare for sale at a fair price. That’s why the YD is still remembered by people who were about Webster and vicinity through some four decades from the late 1920s.

Chester T. Kulisa was promoting Dudley Daffodil Days, sponsored by the Dudley Conservation Land Trust, on a recent morning when he crossed over to Dudley’s 275th anniversary in 2007.

The Carter House on Dudley-Oxford Road was the site of Dudley’s first town meeting, Mr. Kulisa said. “It’s still standing,” he continued. “Would I love to plant a whole bunch of daffodils around that place.”

The land trust is selling 20 bulbs for $10 and 60 bulbs for $25. Sales will continue through the Dudley Grange Apple Festival on Sept. 30. Mr. Kulisa made a quick return to his pickup to present a copy of Volume 1, Issue 1 of the Dudley Conservation Land Trust newsletter with “greetings” by its president, Sandy Peterson.

There are people who remember the old illumination standards that lined both sides of Webster’s Main Street for probably four decades. They were cast iron, painted green and had fancy globes.

The lamps of old were about as high as the new antique-style lighting recently installed in front of and across from the Town Hall.

If the idea is to improve the Main Street, I’d prefer the return of some, a few, or even one of the outlets that were downtown at one time. We’re getting antique-style street lighting, I’d guess, because it’s one of the things state grant money can buy.

Bartlett High School class of 1936 will hold its 70th anniversary reunion Oct. 25, M. Frances Paradis said, and invitations
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