POPULAR SPECTRUM STAGEHAND, FRANNY O’SHEA, SETTING UP ROLLING STONES STAGE AT JFK STADIUM (6/14/78)
STAGEHAND FRANNY O’SHEA: JFK STADIUM (June 14, 1978)
Among the many interesting characters I’ve met while working at the Spectrum were members of the O’Shea family. The O’Sheas were a staple in the local entertainment industry. The patriarch of the family, Franny O’Shea Sr., was a pleasant man, known to everyone as “MO,” a conveniently short nickname he substituted for all the new names and faces he’d meet during a show.
“MO” worked well into his ’70s, pushing, pulling, lugging, hauling and setting into place the elaborate stages that were patiently pieced together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
Mo and his son, Franny, also gave us their backstage passes after the shows, which were nice collectors’ items. Franny and the Spectrum Director of Operations, Ernie Thompson, were renowned for their poker games, where a night’s wages could be supplemented by a royal flush or full hand.