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A Life Lived Backwards: One Man's Life

An audio series based on the new memoir entitled, “Larry Ruttman – A Life Lived Backwards: An Existential Triad of Friendship, Inquisitiveness and Maturation.”

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FRIENDSHIP
The title of my upcoming memoir cites in its title the three guideposts of my life: Friendship, Inquisitiveness and Maturation. This podcast centers on friendship, and the other two facets are naturally involved in talking about friendship. You will hear about three remarkable and talented musicians, although each is different than the others. Each of … Continue reading FRIENDSHIP →
25:05 09/20/2022
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PRESIDENT TO HAVE A PERSONAL DOCTOR
One dicey thing about traveling is the time it takes to get a doctor if you become ill or get hurt. Not for presidents, though. Not for me either. Here’s how that goes down. It is yet another facet of friendship. Guifu Wu is a Chinese name. Indeed Guifu Wu is Chinese. In fact, he … Continue reading YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PRESIDENT TO HAVE A PERSONAL DOCTOR →
22:50 08/17/2022
WHAT IS A GENIUS LIKE?    
As I sit here on February 27,  2021 watching the horrific attack unleashed by Putin on Ukraine, I am thinking of an amazingly peaceful man who can hear “the troops coming out” when he plays the piano. That man is Ran Blake, who plays the piano like no other pianist, speaks like no other person, … Continue reading WHAT IS A GENIUS LIKE?     →
21:43 07/07/2022
A POTPOURRI: BASEBALL, TEENS, MOVIES,  MARRIAGE, AND POLITICS
How do you get from baseball and other kinds of ball to politics when you’re talking about Paul Epstein. Who is Paul Epstein anyway? Well, Paul is the twin brother of Theo Epstein. You know, the smart GM who brought World Championships to the Red Sox and the Cubs after droughts of close to a … Continue reading A POTPOURRI: BASEBALL, TEENS, MOVIES,  MARRIAGE, AND POLITICS →
25:44 06/21/2022
A MODEL PUBLIC SERVANT
I would ask you to read that title two ways, first as to what makes a person a model public servant, and second as to a public servant known to all of us who fits that description. Reading this note and then listening to this podcast about Massachusetts State Treasurer, Deborah Goldberg, will be my … Continue reading A MODEL PUBLIC SERVANT →
17:25 06/08/2022
WHY BASEBALLERS INSPIRE YOU AND ME
Let’s take YAZ, Carl Albert Yastrzemski, to be precise. Without his talent, Yaz would be an ordinary guy. With it he is extraordinary, not just as a player, but as the inspiring person he or any of us “ordinary” folks might be. That is why he inspired us. Did Yaz have the natural ability of … Continue reading WHY BASEBALLERS INSPIRE YOU AND ME →
30:19 05/24/2022
WHY MASSACHUSETTS IS A BLUE STATE
Everybody knows Massachusetts is a blue state. It’s been a blue state for a long time. Can anyone explain why that is? Is there anything about baseball as played at Fenway Park that throws light on that puzzle. Let’s go back to late June, 1949 when the Yankees came to to town for a crucial … Continue reading WHY MASSACHUSETTS IS A BLUE STATE →
28:32 05/10/2022
BASEBALL IN ROMAN TIMES
Well not exactly, but I thought so when I met beautiful dark and enchanting Octavia sitting next to me at Fenway Park. At first I thought she might be Cleopatra, but it turned out her husband’s name was Cecil and not Caesar. Cecil who? Cecil Cooper that’s who, a rookie then, but a player who … Continue reading BASEBALL IN ROMAN TIMES →
23:42 04/27/2022
BASEBALL AND LIFE
The New York Yankees may have won the most pennants and World Series in baseball history, but no team has taught us more about life and how to live it than the Boston Red Sox. Let’s start with a few facts one needs to know, to know the truth of the above statement. In the … Continue reading BASEBALL AND LIFE →
22:36 04/12/2022
HOT DOGS, BASEBALL, AND BABE RUTH
“Take me out to the ballgame, buy me some peanuts and crackerjack….” How about a hot dog too? What goes down better at the old ballgame than a hot dog? I have some stories about hot dogs at Fenway Park that tell tales about more than just eating them. Listen and you shall hear. About … Continue reading HOT DOGS, BASEBALL, AND BABE RUTH →
26:16 03/29/2022
TED WILLIAMS, PRISCILLA HOWE, AND ME
Who was beautiful Priscilla Howe? What has she got to do with handsome Ted Williams? What do I have to do with either one of these two talented people? You’ll have to wait until the end of this note to get to that part of the story, and listen to the podcast to get the … Continue reading TED WILLIAMS, PRISCILLA HOWE, AND ME →
18:43 03/15/2022
MY EIGHTY-TWO YEAR LOVE AFFAIR
An eighty-two year love affair! That is next to impossible, especially considering that a romance that began in the teen years would now be over one hundred years old! Oh, I forgot, this is a love affair with a ballpark, the most iconic one in America, Fenway Park in Boston, where my Dad first took … Continue reading MY EIGHTY-TWO YEAR LOVE AFFAIR →
17:39 03/01/2022
NONAGENARIANS AND DEMOCRACY
Nonagenarians have an advantage over others of lesser years. Starting life in 1932 or earlier they have witnessed a large part of the 20th Century and a significant portion of this one, and all the stupendous changes in society and the world over in that period of time. They are experiencing a change now they … Continue reading NONAGENARIANS AND DEMOCRACY →
39:49 02/15/2022
The Two Faces of Rudy Giuliani
Within a month after the horrific events of 9/11, I wrote a story entitled, “Baseball, Brookline and  Giuliani,” There existed then another Rudy Giuliani who resembled the one seen lately aspiring to become the mayor of Kiev in the Ukraine. That Rudy Giuliani was a terrific DA, and then a terrific mayor of New York … Continue reading The Two Faces of Rudy Giuliani →
31:03 02/01/2022
“John Gallagher and Dr. David Link, Two Jewish Brookline Guys Who Changed the World”
John Gallagher Jewish? Sounds Irish to me. The John Gallagher who was the President of the world famous Longwood Cricket Club where tennis is king and was deplored for its policy of not admitting Jews as members? The very same. The guy who wore a custom made mezuzzah with a Star of David and a … Continue reading “John Gallagher and Dr. David Link, Two Jewish Brookline Guys Who Changed the World” →
20:16 01/25/2022
Looking Backwards to See the Future
That is what historians do! That is what preservationists do! Many a wise man has said that we can’t see where we’re going if we have no awareness of where we’ve been. Human Nature remains the same. The lessons we need to navigate forward are all there in our history. Two late Brookline people who … Continue reading Looking Backwards to See the Future →
25:54 01/18/2022
Irishmen and Irishwoman are a Boy’s Best Friend
How could I know that I would spend twenty of the happiest years of my life from age 69 to 89 at one of the most undesirable office locations in Brookline:), amidst a gang of Irishmen, two Irishwomen, a Garage Punk Midwesterner, and a severe  Italian landlady. After all, I had just recently inhabited the … Continue reading Irishmen and Irishwoman are a Boy’s Best Friend →
19:37 01/11/2022
Life and Death
Does anybody have the ridiculous notion he or she will live forever? Yeah, me! Not really, but when Jordan Rich asked me on this podcast why I had waited to age eighty-five to have drawn an estate plan, that is what I answered, along with saying I was having too much fun to think about … Continue reading Life and Death →
22:10 01/04/2022
THE MINISTER DISAPPEARS, THE SILVER SCREEN, AND OTHER FASCINATING CASES
You’ve had a look at some terrific lawyers in the last podcast. Now take a listen to some of my own interesting, if not fascinating, cases. I got a call from my friend ‘Horatio’ one morning asking if I’d be interested in the case of the respected Newton minister who apparently drowned off scenic Wingaersheek … Continue reading THE MINISTER DISAPPEARS, THE SILVER SCREEN, AND OTHER FASCINATING CASES →
34:44 12/14/2021
LEGAL EAGLES
Do you want a look inside the otherwise opaque world of lawyers? Listen and you shall hear. Like when as a fledging lawyer I was assigned a criminal case to defend pro bono. I thought the defendant had been imprisoned too long to have received the speedy trial guaranteed by the Constitution, and took my … Continue reading LEGAL EAGLES →
28:19 12/07/2021
ROW HARD, NO EXCUSES
How could I know my life changed direction the day my longtime and esteemed legal assistant, Cathy Jenness, came into my office and asked for a week off. “Sure,” I said, adding, “What for?” Cathy said her husband Mike was leading his gig racing crew to compete in the championships in the Scilly Isles off … Continue reading ROW HARD, NO EXCUSES →
26:32 11/30/2021
Greg Spiers – The Best Boy Next Door
I think the title of this podcast could have been, “Greg Spiers – The Best Buy Next Door.” Here’s why. Some years ago I went to Best Buy for expert advice on an item I was considering. Greg was the salesman. Not only was he very pleasant to deal with, but seemed to know cyberspace … Continue reading Greg Spiers – The Best Boy Next Door →
15:08 11/16/2021
Baseball and America’s Survival
On this podcast you will hear how a theatrical event that started out lightheartedly surprisingly turned into something deadly serious, became an adventure, and brought me a bunch of new and talented friends. Actor and playwright, Larry Tish, contacted me one day saying he would like to write a comic play adapted from my book, … Continue reading Baseball and America’s Survival →
17:47 11/09/2021
Why I Wrote a Memoir
I never know exactly what will be discussed before any given podcast unfolds. That is because Jordan Rich poses the questions, and I answer spontaneously. Part Two of my memoir is entitled, “Why I wrote This Memoir: Friendship, Maturation, and Inquisitiveness.” It is a rather academic answer to that question, which I surmised Jordan would … Continue reading Why I Wrote a Memoir →
29:12 11/02/2021
Acting and the Human Condition
Naturally, Shakespeare got it right. Everybody is an actor. He expounded that notion in his original and poetic way in lines familiar to all of us in his play, “As You Like It,” Here are a few of them: “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their … Continue reading Acting and the Human Condition →
25:17 10/26/2021
Thespians, Billy Crystal, and a Gravedigger
Can you make an actor out if a guy who flubbed his one line in a college production of the Bard’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and who was far more interested in the sweaty but sparkling young dancer in that play who came off stage to rest near me waiting for her next cue to … Continue reading Thespians, Billy Crystal, and a Gravedigger →
18:04 10/23/2021
Boston College Law School, a Happy Mix of Irishmen and Jewish Men
So how would a Jewish boy do at a Catholic law school? One of the great experience of my life, that’s how, and still ongoing today, sixty-five years later! On day one a lifelong friendship was struck up between me and the then Dean, the late Jesuit Father Robert F. Drinan, fated to become famous … Continue reading Boston College Law School, a Happy Mix of Irishmen and Jewish Men →
23:41 10/19/2021
Columbia Law School, the Ambassador and the Dummy
How could Columbia Law School, one of the most prestigious law schools in the country have admitted a dummy like me? You really have to be dumb to take a train from Times Square to the middle of Harlem instead of to the Columbia campus! And dumber still to try to traverse the fraught streets … Continue reading Columbia Law School, the Ambassador and the Dummy →
14:13 10/16/2021
University of Massachusetts Buddies are Game Changers Too
Being away from home at seventeen for the first time is really the start of your adult life. My dorm roommate that first year was George Delaney, who at twenty two had already seen the world in the Merchant Marine, as well as all those fetching senoritas on the South American route. George had stories. … Continue reading University of Massachusetts Buddies are Game Changers Too →
22:14 10/12/2021
High School Teachers are Game Changers 
If you’re lucky the teachers you have in grammar and high school will not only ground you in their subject, but teach you something about life. My Principal at Devotion School, the iconic Charles Taylor, felled me with a line drive off my first pitch, teaching me at age eleven, a little bit about bearing … Continue reading High School Teachers are Game Changers  →
14:56 10/07/2021