Monthly Archives: July 2014

Arthur T.

One or two of my readers wanted my comments on the Artie T. and Artie S. situation, so here it is, “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” I do not particularly care whether, as youngsters, they got along. I do not particularly care whether or not as adults they get along. What is happening to an institution is my concern.

Very few of us have not worked at DeMoulas’ or Market Basket. I remember one time I did not wear a tie and a Vice President was called in to chew me out. After he did that, I never forgot to wear a tie. Why is that important? Because that was forty years ago and it shows how “Mike” DeMoulas ran his company. He did not let the smallest detail get by him and he built the chain into over fifty stores by the time he died. This entire mess, the managerial snafu, the lack of food on the shelves, and the hiring of a man whose CEO claim to fame was that he brought Radio Shack to its knees, would not have ever happened if the two original brothers lived to see it.

It is obvious that everybody who worked there, with one or two exceptions, respected and cared for Artie T. I know the man well, because our children played soccer together, and a better man would be hard to find. I have never met Artie S. and, in all honesty, after this show, I would not care to meet him. I want the place that allowed his cousin to prosper to continue in that vein.

Arthur T. DeMoulas was fifteen when I first met him. I was at the Speare House attending a function to take place at the DeMoulas mansion. I was scooping out the au gratin potatoes. Artie came over and we talked for a long time, long enough for Xenophon Speronis, the owner of the Speare House, to come over and caution me to allow Artie to mingle with his guests. I did, of course. Later, on the soccer field, we cheered on our children, who were the same age and on the same team. Again, I was struck by Artie T’s. depth of knowledge and his willingness to give back to the community. He told me an interesting story about how he and his wife met, and it showed now normal he really was.

So, what do I think about this week’s actions? Not much. Mike DeMoulas’ was forced to fight for the control of his company, the company that had grown from four stores to dozens, and he lost the fight. I was quite frankly surprised by the fact that Artie T. was even allowed to go to work after that battle. But work he did and he responded by making the DeMoulas name known throughout the Northeast. After giving him the responsibility for the company, and his fulfilling the position so earnestly, he deserved better treatment.
The fact that he did not get it just plays into the Mike DeMoulas alleged belief that anyone drawing money from the company should work for the company.

I took three Economic courses in college, and a couple of more towards my MBA. I am certainly no expert, but I firmly believe that Arthur T. DeMoulas deserves a role to play in the continuation of the dream. If that fails to happen, then I would urge Mr. DeMoulas to use his strong background to become the CEO of a struggling supermarket franchise and make it tenable. I believe that there is nothing that Mr. Artie T. Demoulas cannot master and I would follow him to another company in a heartbeat. He deserves our respect, our friendship, and our allegiance. He, and his father built the Market Basket Company into what it is now, if the Board of Directors refuses to give him access through his incredible holdings, he should open up his own chain of supermarkets or take over a struggling company and do what his father taught him to do – WORK.

Meanderings

I apologize for the month of Sundays it has been since I have written in this blog. Summer has taken over and tomorrow morning at 9AM, I am attending a Mass for my late father followed by a treat at my house and then an afternoon of boating and swimming at my younger brother, Andy’s, cabin. I would be remiss if I did not mention my other brother, Charlie, who has been very helpful in some house projects this spring and summer. And there are my five sisters and my older brother, Tom, who has been very busy at his job. So, I have been busy.

A few months ago, I had a heart pacemaker put in. It was not painful, and it has helped, my wife says, so I am awaiting more information from my doctors. They have been great, as has the Rosary Group at St. Margaret’s Parish. They have been praying for me for months and I am in remission. My cardiac nurse told me that there is a one in five million chance of “spontaneous remission” like mine. I just attribute it to those women and men praying for me.

Charlie has gotten my boat working well. That is such a thrill, let me tell you. He replaced the starter, which allowed the boat to run. So yesterday, Charlie and one other friend went with me to New Hampshire in the boat. We docked on fumes. That river is so beautiful, and is the best-kept secret in Massachusetts. I just finished a book on the Lowell Motor Boat Club, which I have to run off tonight. It is a cute little book, not a great tome.

Something needs to be said about the seven deaths in the great fire. I do not know what to say. I do not believe that I knew any of the victims personally and it is such a tragedy. I literally do not know what to say. I hope that, somehow, the family survivors can cope with their loss. I have no words that are sufficient to cover that kind of event. I can say that we, my wife, myself, and our children, had a fire one year ago, but that does not help. I can just pray for those people who did not make it, and for their surviving family members. May God bless you and help you during this difficult time.

My mind is meandering. I question whether the Lowell “Sun” needs to be so negative in all of its headlines. There are some that are OK, but there are many that just reek of negativity. “Man found stabbed on Lowell road, later dies,” was one headline. The man was not stabbed in Lowell, apparently, but his body was left in town. We do not need to absorb Lawrence’s homicides in our daily news. “The stabbing may not have taken place there, however. The man was stabbed somewhere in the Lawrence area…” It reminds me of something Kevin Murphy told me once about all of the negative news being the result of Lowell having the court system. If the court system was in Chelmsford, it seems, so there would many of the headlines be. I hope that I did not misquote Mr. Murphy who is doing a great job as City Manager thusfar.

I have a television show, also called “Peters’ Principles,” and it has been interesting to get interesting guests on the show. It is not negative. It is a positive look at events in Lowell. One half of it is devoted to a political figure while one half of it is devoted to a local Lowell business owner. We have also covered the Quilt Museum, during which I was allowed to handle a quilt dating back to the 1890’s. Who knew quilts could have a history? I also had a member of the National Park Service, who described what the park would be handling this summer. They look forward to the Folk Festival. They are full of events and I intend to bring my grand-daughter to see them.

Well, those are today’s meanderings of this mind. I hope that I did not offend anyone.