Humor in Uniform – Aired in 2016
This week on Veterans Radio join host, Dale Throneberry, and his guests authors Bob Woolsey and Mark Benvenuto as we take a humorous look at their outrageous antics while attempting to serve our country. We all knew guys like these when we served. Many provided the comic relief we needed. We loved them then and we still do. Don’t miss this fun filled hour on Veterans Radio.
Bob Woolsey, “The General’s Briefer”
Mark Benvenuto, “Twisted Tales From VMI”
Humor in Uniform - April 23, 2023
Bob Woolsey – “The General’s Briefer”
A hilarious story based on the two year military experience of Bob Woolsey at the Pentagon. After ROTC, a Fulbright Grant to Germany, and law school, Bob finally enters the Army at the height of the Vietnam War. He is a klutz who, with a little brains, makes it through Basic Infantry Training, and is lucky enough to be assigned as an Oral Briefing Officer to the General Staff. His only duty is to announce the ultra–Top Secret world news every morning, from the hush–hush “Black Book.” He takes us through his personal hell at Fort Benning to his eventual triumph as the favorite newscaster to the Chief of Army Intelligence. He poignantly describes the astonishing events of those times as well. The assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy; riots at the Chicago Democratic Convention; the Hippie March on the Pentagon; the rise of Mu’umaar Qaddaffi and Saddam Hussein—and the day we put a man on the Moon. It’s a wonderful lifetime of History that takes place in just two years.
Mark Benvenuto – “Twisted Tales from VMI”
Mark Benvenuto takes a humorous irreverent look back at his four years at The Virginia Military Institute. “The West Point of the South”
From the preface:” A word or two of caution, dear reader:
This is a compilation of stories of times at VMI, a little college in Lexington, Virginia with a big foot print. Plenty of folks have written some memoir of their college years, but this is probably very different precisely because VMI is very different from most other schools. That can be a source of great pride or eternal puzzlement, depending on you point of view, and how sober you are when discussing it”
Praise for Twisted Tales from VMI
“I laughed till I stopped!” ~ Dave Hagemann, ‘80 “Me, too.” ~ John Cooper, ‘83
“Written proof my roommate was in serious need of some psychiatric help.” ~Matt Waring, ‘83
“The funniest thing I have read since the last funny thing I read.” ~Tom Hathaway, ‘72
“That boy is nuttier than pecan pie!” ~ Lynn Seldon, ’83, author Virginia’s Ring
“I’m now convinced my Brother Rat was dropped on his head as a youngster – many, many times.” ~Scott Belliveau, ‘83
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