Join us for an evening with Brendan Buckley for a discussion and presentation of his book, The Morse Code.
Brendan was born in NYC, three months after his Irish-born father and Australian-born mother arrived there.
When he was about 5 or 6, his parents discovered a small cabin in Williamstown’s “Hopper” which they regularly rented for summer vacation or fall weekends. The Berkshires reminded his father of Ireland’s landscape. In 1960 they purchased the cabin and he spent summers there through high school. Brendan’s family saw that cabin as their home and NYC as the place they went during the week to work or go to school. Ultimately, his parents winterized the cabin and retired there. It is where Brendan grew to love New England. Attending Middlebury College narrowed that regional affection to Vermont where he has spent most of his life since. He felt lucky to live out his dream of serving as a rural primary care physician. Brendan retired in 2019, but served a few stints in the intervening years before fully retiring in 2022.
This biography, with color photos and a foreword by Ross Connelly, editor and co-publisher of the Gazette from 1986 to 2017, chronicles the life of veteran sports editor Dave Morse, whose contributions to the youth of a small community echo across the Green Mountains today. Dave was a widely respected reporter, and an ever-willing conversationalist, yet few readers know the obstacles he faced. Dave overcame trauma and heartbreak to be admired for his empathy, kindness, and generosity to all who knew him. Dave’s lasting legacy as the heart of Vermont sports lives on in The Morse Code: Legacy of a Vermont Sportswriter.