Remembering Dr. Jean L. Brodey

Hi friends. I’m checking in with sad news. For all of my friends who went to Temple University J School or RTF back in the day, you probably had a PR class with Dr. Jean Brodey. Dr. Brodey passed away April 30th. I usually don’t allow my mom to post things on my blog so I’m making an exception. Here’s my mom….I’ll be watching her closely.

Hi Pugsley’s friends – and some of my friends who follow Pugsley’s blog.

I was one of the few Temple grads who didn’t have a class with Jean. I met her daughter, Lisette, about 22 years ago.

Mom, I’ll bet Aunt Lisette remembers the exact date.

Pugs, do you have some remote keyboard that I don’t see?

I’m not telling.

Through my friendship with Lisette, I got to know Jean. She was so committed to her students and was a real superhero in the Philadelphia PR community. She was always available to offer advice and was excited to hear about what I was doing professionally. Her students adored her. Every one of them with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work over the years is truly gifted because they had Jean’s class as their foundation. I’m sorry I missed out on that opportunity and so happy that I got to know Jean after my life at Temple.

Pugsley last wrote about Jean in his blog here.

Pugsley and I visited with Jean and Lisette Easter Sunday. Jean was inquisitive, talkative, funny as always and seemed like she hadn’t missed a beat in years. Although more frail than the last time I saw her, she was Jean.

Mom, tell everyone that she said I was cute.

Everyone, Jean said Pugsley was cute.

Tell everyone how she got out of bed to sit on the sofa with me.

I’m not sure she sat there just for you Pugs.

Yes she did!

Now tell everyone how Aunt Lisette taught me how to Skype.

Do you want to write this post?

No. You can do it.

Yes, it’s true. While we were visiting, Aunt Lisette taught Pugsley how to Skype.

My Aussie mate Lisa got up in the middle of the night just to talk to me.

I think Lisa wanted to talk to Jean and Aunt Lisette and maybe me too.

No she didn’t. She whispered to me that she just wanted to see my adorable pug mug. Look, here we are talking………

Skyping with Lisa and Lisette 2 cropped

Remember when I jumped onto the table so that Aunt Lisa and I could talk privately and you said that it’s not polite to climb on the furniture in other people’s homes? Well, I was straining to hear her because she was inviting me again to visit her and we were plotting how to get me there.

Thank you Aunt Lisette for holding the computer closer to my face so that Aunt Lisa could get a good look at me.

Skyping 2

Here I am Aunt Lisa!

It’s your world Pugsley.

I know!

So mom, if it’s 14 hours difference between here and Melbourne, when it’s today here, it’s tomorrow there right, which makes it yesterday for her? So if Aunt Lisa looks up the winning lottery numbers tomorrow, she can Skype me the numbers yesterday so that I can buy my ticket today, right?

Pugs, once they announce the winning numbers you can’t buy any more tickets.

But it’ll still be yesterday!

You make my head hurt Pugsley.

We had a lovely visit with Jean and Aunt Lisette, didn’t we Pugs?

We did mom. You told Jean we would come back to visit again.

I know I did Pugs. Remember that I had my eye surgery and I couldn’t drive for a while?

I would have driven us! We could have worn matching eye patches.

Well, short of being arrested, I thought we would have more time to see Jean. So lesson learned Pugs: Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

Thank you Thomas Jefferson. Or was it Benjamin Franklin who said that? I’ve seen it attributed to both mom.

Whoever said it, it’s still true today.

So that means it’s true for Aunt Lisa tomorrow?

Stop it!

Everyone, you can visit the Dr. Jean L. Brodey Memorial Facebook page to see photos of Jean and her family and pay your respects to her daughter Lisette and son Kenneth.

Thanks mom.

I’m sure Jean is in Heaven now, handling PR and crisis management for the angels.

We’ll miss you Jean. Thanks for everything!

Love, Pugsley’s mom

and Pugsley too!




Aunt Lisette is a TV Star

Line up single file folks. No pushing….everyone will get an autograph. No cutting in line. Single file please!

Hey everyone. My Aunt Lisette moved to Los Angeles a few years ago and in addition to the novels she’s written, which I reviewed in a previous post, she is now on so many TV shows. I’m practicing my speech because I’ve been put in charge of crowd control when she comes to visit. You know how these events can get out of hand very quickly…..people pushing and shoving and taking pictures. I don’t want anyone to get hurt. I’m getting a whistle in case the crowd gets too unruly. And I’m waiting on my headset and walkie talkie.

Aunt Lisette’s latest role is on the web series Not Quite Fabulous. The show is about five women who are Hollywood assistants. Aunt Lisette is in episode 5 and plays a Hollywood director, Angela, (verrrrrrry important) at the premiere of her film. Angela forgets everything in her car and sends her assistant, Holly, (played by Margaux Mireault) out to the car soooo many times to get her stuff. Some might say Angela’s a real diva. I would have gone out for popcorn and not come back.

You can also see episode 5 on YouTube by clicking here:

The other lovely ladies who star in the series are: Courtney Stewart, Kim Cooper, Danielle Argyros & Shannon Stacey.

Aunt Lisette, You look bee-yoo-tee-ful!

There are two more episodes and she’ll be in the finale too so that’ll be 5…6…episode 7. Yes, episode 7. I needed another paw to count that high. Aunt Lisette is not in episode 6. Apparently Aunt Lisette only works on odd numbered shows. (Note to self: Ask Aunt Lisette why she doesn’t like even numbers.) You should watch episode 6, but don’t look for her in that one. Aunt Lisette said the finale (episode 7 in case you weren’t paying attention) is hysterical. I can’t wait until it’s posted. She won’t give me any hints so don’t bother asking. You can “like” their page on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @notquitefab. It’s such a fun series.

Aunt Lisette comes from a very talented family. Anyone who went to Temple University in the past 40 or so years and majored in PR and/or journalism no doubt had the best professor in the whole department – Dr. Jean Brodey. Dr. Brodey won so many awards over the years and is so respected by all of her students that in 2002, the Philadelphia Public Relations Association named an award in her honor. The Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award is awarded annually to a college junior or senior who has exhibited outstanding professional promise in the field of public relations, has an excellent academic track record and contributes to his or her community.

Dr. Jean L. Brodey

Dr. Jean L. Brodey

Dr. Brodey just published a book of her poetry, which she wrote as a young mother and read to my Aunt Lisette and her brother Kenneth when they were children. My Way to Anywhere can be purchased on Spread the word. There are sooooo many former Temple PR students, including my mom,  who will want to have this book.

Now back to prepping for my job…..

No pushing….everyone will get an autograph. Single file please behind the rope line! Bribing the crowd control police with cookies will do you no good…..unless you have Oreos. But I didn’t say that out loud……

Love, Pugsley