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Trooper immortalized in Rockwell print dies
bostonherald.com ^ | 05/09/2012 | Renee Nadeau Algarin

Posted on 05/08/2012 9:10:23 PM PDT by massmike

A retired Massachusetts state trooper, immortalized in a famous Norman Rockwell portrait as the wise and caring cop giving good advice to a little boy, died in his home state of New York over the weekend, state police said.

Staff Sgt. Richard J. Clemens Jr., who posed in 1958 for Rockwell’s famed painting, “The Runaway,” died Sunday at age 84.

“The painting of a trooper bending over in counsel to a young boy intent on leaving home captures — much more than any of the images of shootouts and car chases favored by popular culture — the highest ideal of police work: helping someone in need at a vulnerable moment,” Col. Marian McGovern said.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: normanrockwell; rockwell

1 posted on 05/08/2012 9:10:30 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

Sgt Clemens, R.I.P. Coincidentally, I have the Rockwell calendar courtesy of the Paralyzed Vets of America and that pose is for March 2012.


2 posted on 05/08/2012 9:16:44 PM PDT by max americana
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To: massmike

Mom has that one hanging up at home.


3 posted on 05/08/2012 9:23:25 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: Tzar

Consider that the kid in the pic is now a senior citizen.


5 posted on 05/08/2012 9:35:56 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: massmike

RIP.


6 posted on 05/08/2012 9:52:20 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: massmike

Norman Rockwell, the standard of domestic America before the sleaze rolled in.


7 posted on 05/08/2012 10:02:14 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: massmike
Thanks for posting this.

I was a classmate of Ed Locke, the little boy, in the second grade in 1958 in Stockbridge, MA. It was a magic place as can be seen in Rockwell's many Stockbridge scenes with Stockbridge residents as models.

I believe that that cafe in the painting went on to be “Alice's Restaurant.” I had the honor of being stopped for speeding down the Stockbridge Main Street by Officer Obie himself...right in front of my father's office window...and given a only a warning.

BTW, my father, a pastor in a Stockbridge church, was asked by Rockwell to persuade the mother of the little black girl in the famous painting with the “n-word” to permit use of her daughters image after she saw the word and had withdrawn her permission. She was a member of his church and was descended from a soldier who had fought in the Massachusetts regiment featured in the movie “Glory,” IIRC. In my memory I can still see my father and Rockwell discussing the matter on the front walk.

I will be forwarding this story to family and friends, thanks to you!

8 posted on 05/08/2012 10:09:49 PM PDT by Seizethecarp
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To: massmike

Norman Rockwell >>>>>>>> ANY modern “artist”.


9 posted on 05/08/2012 10:12:43 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Non-Holder person.)
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To: massmike

Speaking of immortalized, Eddie Locke, the little boy, is also the model that got his butt immortalized in the scene in the doctors office where he is awaiting a shot.

I got shots in that office, too. The MD (whose back is immortalized, I suppose) is Dr. Donald Campbell and you can even see his name on the diploma on the wall in front of Eddie’s nose, if you have big print of the painting.


10 posted on 05/08/2012 10:14:37 PM PDT by Seizethecarp
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To: Tzar

“Nice work if you can get it!”

Yeah,,, except for about once a week or so,, when the guy behind the counter wouldn’t do his job for any price.


11 posted on 05/08/2012 10:19:47 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: max americana

wish we lived in THAT America...where cops and teachers were respected.....loved even....


12 posted on 05/08/2012 10:30:55 PM PDT by cherry
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To: boop

“Consider that the kid in the pic is now a senior citizen.”

Providing that he didn’t get killed in Vietnam.


13 posted on 05/08/2012 11:05:13 PM PDT by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: cherry
wish we lived in THAT America...where cops and teachers were respected.....loved even....

You mean the one before they organized to bleed the rest of us dry? Yeah, me too.
14 posted on 05/08/2012 11:06:02 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: Tzar

And if the Mass. SP are anything like the Connecticut SP....he had full private use of his cruiser...therefore didn’t pay any property taxes on it, maintenance or fuel costs.....He also had clothing/cleaning food allowances....in the last three years before his retirement he padded his take home average with overtime pay....and had full medical dental plans for himself and his wife.


15 posted on 05/08/2012 11:10:21 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Seizethecarp

On our way home to Conn. from a weekend in southern VT, we always stopped at the historical society in Stockbridge. Every time, Norman and Molly were there fussing over the exhibits...they were charming to talk with. Norman was interested in hearing what *you* thought of his paintings and why. :)


16 posted on 05/08/2012 11:15:50 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: massmike

OMG a lunch counter, my first officially paid job was behind one of those in a People’s Drugstore.


17 posted on 05/09/2012 1:29:06 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Daffynition
Wow, this sounds like a rallying leaflet to attend an SEIU meeting!

I was born in a 'burb of Boston in 1948. I awoke around '53 or 4.

I ran away when I was somewhere in the 8 or 9 age area and I remember my older brother ( 14? 15? )had a cop stop the Mueen Mary I was on because he suspected I had taken a joy ride to Dedham, but had to turn around and come back to where I started (It's complicated unless you understand 1960's Boston area public transportation)

(A queen Mary is the yellow/orange trolley of the time)


Anyway .. I love Rockwell's art and his ability to capture about 95% of my childhood.

18 posted on 05/09/2012 2:09:55 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf; massmike
I should apologize, b/c I should have kept those remarks to myself, instead of peeing in the punch of massmike's nice thread.

I too loved, Rockwell and the idealistic America he depicted.

The New England we grew up in was of stay-at-home moms, sandlot baseball, and neighbors who knew you and homemade apple pie.

The cop depicted [RIP] probably knew you *and* your parents.

The America we have evolved into, is one that has cops padding their retirement, children being snatched from their homes and families desperate to cling to the *American Dream*, that is broken at every turn.

Yes, I'm angry, skeptical, jaded and disappointed. "I painted the way I would like life to be." ~N. Rockwell.

I can hope and dream. I miss Rockwell's America.


19 posted on 05/09/2012 4:00:45 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
You're redeemed, Daff.

I think one of the hardest elements of getting older is the difference between memories of then and the reality of now.

20 posted on 05/09/2012 4:07:33 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

Thanks for understanding knarf.

I’ll bet that ride on the *queen Mary* cost a nickel. :)


21 posted on 05/09/2012 4:26:02 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
Yep ... a nickel.

With "transfers", you could (and when we got older .. DID) travel all day, all over Boston, north and south shore (Y'had to be a little creative and clever) ...

for a nickel

Maybe it was a dime at that time, I forget.

22 posted on 05/09/2012 4:31:36 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: fella
People’s Drugstore

That brings back memories...I can remember many a time getting a fountain cola with a nice hefty squirt of cherry syrup in it..mmm mmm mmm!
23 posted on 05/09/2012 4:38:04 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Amberdawn
Norman Rockwell, the standard of domestic America before the sleaze rolled in.

Thank you for saying it! Well said. Norman Rockwell captured a lot of what is good in America.

24 posted on 05/09/2012 4:38:52 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: 2001convSVT

That painting captured what America was supposed to be about. Officers were people to look up to and respect and you could trust.

Now days, the “thin blue line” bull and the attitude that pervades our law enforcement shamefully destroys any trust and respect that our police may have once earned.

The police state mentality that has been jammed up our backsides over the last few decades has helped to create the divides that are now coming to fruition. Cops are no longer trusted, but looked upon with anger and distrust. Cops are no longer our friend and someone to count on, they are a revenue collector for the town/county/state.

Today, cops demand a respect that they have not earned. The days of respecting law enforcement has been long gone and I fear will never return after things like Fast and Furious. Law enforcement is a disgrace to very ideals of our nation.

Rockwell immortalized something that politics has destroyed forever. Look at the criteria for hiring someone as a cop in the 1950’s vs. today. It’s frightening.


25 posted on 05/09/2012 4:59:07 AM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: BCR #226
You make a good point, but how much of this is societies doing? Recently at the YMCA I tried to stop an abuse of the equipment and was told to but out. What was the old statement about when good men fail to step up evil wins, or something like that. Today we are all told to sit down and shut up.
26 posted on 05/09/2012 5:10:15 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: massmike; All
FWIW, all of you...

Yesterday I realized with horror that I couldn't find my wallet. I looked high and low. Unusual circumstance... it had a lot of money in it.

As I searched for it, I began to form the suspicion that I'd left it at the automated check-out machine at my small town's grocery store. Small town meaning ~8000 households.

I drove down there to report it missing. They had it. All the money was in it.

When I got home I put 1/3 of it in an envelope and took it back there in an envelope, with a thank-you note enclosed. Should be enough to pay for their annual employee picnic, if they have one.

27 posted on 05/09/2012 5:33:07 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom
Lucky for you, there are still honest people around. My husband left is wallet, bulging with cash, in my Tahoe. I went to the car wash and as I walked away from my truck one of the car wash guys started yelling at me to come back. He had my husbands wallet still bulging with cash. I started pulling out $20. bills and handing them to him and then I went to the other guys standing there in disbelief! Everybody got cash!
28 posted on 05/09/2012 5:39:16 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

My point is that Rockwell’s America exists today as it did in his time, in individual Americans who do the right thing when no one is looking.

Like any society, America is a mixture of types, very good to very bad. One big difference between America, though, is that the average person doesn’t have to think about the national government here very much unless you want to. Of course, if you decide to live your life with your lips fastened to the government teet, you’ll probably be thinking about the government quite a bit. That’s your choice though, and no one forces you to live that way. In lots and lots of countries — most, I guess — you’ve got no choice at all. It’s the government teet or nothing.


29 posted on 05/09/2012 5:55:54 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Seizethecarp
Thanks for sharing your memories of Stockbridge with us.

Much appreciated.

Leni

30 posted on 05/09/2012 5:58:02 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: massmike
Whenever I see Mass Staties in their winter uniforms I always fell the urge to invade Poland.
33 posted on 05/09/2012 4:48:42 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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