“Vinnie” Musetto, 40 year headline editor for the New York Post died Tuesday in the Bronx, at New York Calvary Hospital.
New York City in the 1980’s was a broken glass, graffiti’d hellhole, and Musetto had a knack for summing it all up in five words or less.
He was a real character prone to standing on top of his desk, blowing a bugle in the newsroom and wearing signature red Converse All Stars with a tuxedo to the Grammy’s.
But it was his April 15, 1983 stroke of genius
that will always be his legacy.
True story, a guy named Charles Dingle had been drinking in a strip club in Queens when he shot the owner to death, took a couple women hostage, raped one and forced another to cut off the owner’s head.
Ed Koch was Mayor and another real character--New York City was really something back then.
Musetto also wrote several other memorable phrases;
KHADAFY GOES DAFFY,
500-POUND SEX MANIAC GOES FREE,
I SLEPT WITH A TRUMPET
and MAYHEM IN THE STREET,
which became part of SNL’s opening credits for awhile.
But he was most proud of
“GRANNY EXECUTED IN HER PINK PAJAMAS.”
V. A. Musetto was 74.