Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

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BRUCE SNYDER AT “21”

Bruce Snyder was the classy, stylish dining-room manager
for many years at the fabled “21” Club. I was privileged
to speak at his retirement party on April 17, 2005, which
was held on all three floors of the venerable watering hole
with closed circuit television screens in every room. More
than one thousand patrons came to see off “Mr. Bruce.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I won’t intrude for very long on your evening. For one thing, I’ve got Bryan McGuire hovering over me. And for another, Nancy is on full battle alert whenever I approach a microphone.

First of all, we want to thank you, Mr. McGuire, for this brilliant party as we honor an icon of our beloved “21” Club, Bruce Snyder. “21” is packed this night with your fans, and our remarks are being carried by closed circuit on every floor of this legendary saloon.

We must also thank Mr. James Sherwood, Dr. Shirley Sherwood, and your colleagues at Orient-Express, Dean Andrews and Jack Landry.

We are grateful for the gift of your presence. Seven hundred folks on a Sunday night, and they even have closed circuit monitors downstairs at the bar!

Bruce, I think you should know you are loved!

I see somebody brought Bruce a tie tonight. That’s a great gift, just what he needs, another tie!

I was thinking of something a little more substantial for his new home in Virginia, something more on the order of a garage! Or a swimming pool!

Tonight is also a great tribute to “21,” an altogether unique institution—read: saloon—renowned for its hospitality, because it has sustained and encouraged Bruce Snyder’s genius and dedication for all these years. It’s also a tribute that Bruce found this marvelous place worthy of his industry, his integrity, and his love. “21” was always the perfect turf for a thoroughbred like Bruce to run. It’s

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