Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

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JEAN ENSIGN

As a young man I was crazy about a woman who was a
class act in every season of her life. And even now, as an
old man, I’m still crazy about her. And I miss her.

Jean Ensign was a classy woman, a first-rate broadcast executive, and a hell of an actress.

She stood out from the pack in our own profession as a woman of breeding, manners, and erudition.

An inspiration and role model to hundreds of young people, she had her own special vocabulary. If Jean was not enamored of something, she would pronounce it “quite drodsome” (which marvelous word is not to be found in any dictionary, but is absolutely perfect). And she once described a broadcasting station in her care and keeping as “a pristine jewel of a radio station with just a touch of ragtime in its soul.”

What a lovely line …

She would know.

May 5, 2004

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