On The Beat 3/1/16

Memories of St. Patrick’s Day

By Jim Bucher

Years ago on St. Patrick’s Day here locally I’d be out on the town with a live TV camera in tow covering the festivities between 5 and 7a.m. on the Ch. 2 morning news show. I’ve sworn to write a book one day—the things that happened on and off camera could probably fill a couple of chapters.

Most times we’d set up at the Dublin Pub in the Oregon District around 4:30 in the wee hours of the morning. The people there were already enjoying a brew or two … or three. Music, food, fellowship or femaleship with a few pints of Guinness thrown in would make an interesting live backdrop.

How about the year I singlehandedly almost lost the station’s FCC license to broadcast when a young lady who was obviously partying all night decided it would be fun to pull her top up on live TV. Now, that’s all well and good—I mean seeing a bra wouldn’t be that big of a deal—but if one is braless, well that’s a different matter entirety.

The one thing that saved us from a hefty fine was the fact that, though my photographer had his camera light on, we weren’t broadcasting yet—although she thought we were. So, just the immediate folks around me got a quick strip club show without spending any $1 bills.

What’s nice about the pub and its owner, Steve Tieber, is he handled the situation with care and professionalism. He offered to pay for a cab to get the young lady home, which I thought was classy.

Wonder whatever happened to her?

Another time we had a live marriage proposal, we once celebrated a St. Patty’s Day wedding anniversary, and on and on.

For those who think it’s just a bunch of drunks looking for an excuse to imbibe you are totally wrong. The majority of people there are having a great time, listening to some awesome live music and meeting a friend or two. It really is a good crowd.

Another time right before a live Bucher’s Beat two minute segment, the aforementioned owner took yours truly and my photographer to one of the side room booths. There on the table were three shot glasses with 20-year-old aged Jameson Irish Whiskey. Now I’m not a huge whiskey guy, but Steve being well over six feet and a former University of Dayton football player, who’s to argue? I felt compelled to at least inquire—what is this all about? As if I didn’t know.

Steve informs me there’s an old Irish curse which would befall on me if I didn’t partake in a toast. Well, heaven forbid! I don’t want that, for crying out loud, so I did what was right and took my shot like a pro—or was it shots? I’m a team player.

But these days, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations don’t have much to do with the man for which the holiday is named, although he is an important figure in Irish Catholic history. And how about this—St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to a Christian family. The story is he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland at 16, but escaped and was reunited with his family in Britain. A voice he heard in his dreams told him to go to Ireland. He became a priest and then spent the rest of his life converting the Irish to Christianity.

St. Patrick’s Day was a pretty tame holiday in the beginning. In fact, it was a minor religious holiday in Ireland until the 1970s. At one point, pubs closed on March 17 in Ireland. In modern times we can trace some of the modern partying associated with the day to the fact that prohibitions on eating meat, drinking, and dancing during Lent were lifted for the day.

But of course you know we here in America are responsible for turning St. Patrick’s Day into the big celebration we know and love today, which is totally not surprising.

And then there’s the whole story about St. Patrick and the snakes, but alas for another time.

Speaking of the unofficial holiday, I’ll be back for year number three emceeing the day at the Dublin Pub. Do drop in for bit of blarney and some frothy beverages. The entertainment line-up is gonna be epic. Please come say hi. I’ll be the guy on stage dressed in green, but I draw the line at donning a kilt. Unless my over six foot friend insists!

Cheers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Buch

For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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