Eighteen years without Charlie Bell: a ‘fat and happy’ boy from Oz’

Eighteen years without Charlie Bell: a ‘fat and happy’ boy from Oz’

Freddy de Freitas, New York City Bureau

I’m living in hell, and it is only getting worse.

What am I doing here? I am supposed to be in Sydney right now. Why are flights to Australia so expensive right now? Wall Street Golden Boys say pre-pandemic bargains have disappeared as airlines look to recoup costs of closures and grapple with rising fuel prices.

Eighteen years ago, pals, families, and business associates, including Prime Minister John Howard and Attorney-General Philip Ruddock, were among hundreds of grievers who filled a church in Kensington, Sydney, to say goodbye to the ‘fat and happy’ boy from Oz.

Bloke Bell saw the stage musical Boy From Oz 15 times. 

He was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in May of 2004, less than a month after becoming the global head of McDonald’s. He left the fast food giant in November of the same year after several rounds of treatment.

From humble beginnings flipping burgers, serving fries, and mopping the floors at age 15 in suburban Sydney, the ‘fat and happy’ boy from Oz became the first non-American to head the US enterprise.

When people would ask Bell how he was, he would say, “fat and happy,”

He had a charm that drew people into his orbit … he was all action, trance, astute comicness, and passion.

Dedicated as he was to the triumph of the fast food giant, he also treasured spending time with his wife Leonie and his teenage daughter Alex. “I couldn’t have dreamed for a better daddy”, often points his daughter. 

When people would ask Bell how he was, he would say, “fat and happy,” and the only exercise he did was jumping to conclusions.

Bell was a remarkable man. He loved McDonald’s. He loved his assignment and believed we led from the rear in management. Young Bell was supposed to work for his administration, but he would be coming out and telling them what they should do.

 His motto was “Life is not a rehearsal.”

Mr. Bell was cremated privately.

I miss him, but G-D has his hands full.

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Police Lieutenant Sam Carson spots Walter Bard’s bullet-ridden corpse in a car brazenly left in front of the police station. Carson questions Janet Bradley after finding her name in the dead man’s appointment book. She admits that Bard had been blackmailing her friend for $20,000, and that she went to see him, though she had been able to raise only half the money. When he refused to settle for that, she claims she took what she came for at gunpoint. Max Calvert, a newspaper owner, pressures Carson to arrest Bradley to hurt her father’s election campaign for mayor. Carson declines. When Dr. Yager, the corrupt medical examiner, informs Calvert that Bard actually died from poison, Calvert orders him to get the body out of the police station and substitute another corpse for it before anyone else finds out. Meanwhile, Carson interviews Bard’s estranged wife, Nora, who is accompanied by her lawyer and boyfriend, Arthur Templeton. Complications ensue when a prisoner pulls his own switch, taking the place of Bard’s body to escape from the police station in an ambulance. Johnny Williams, the new reporter on the police beat, finds the missing body in a closet. He gets a scoop for his newspaper, and Carson gets his corpse back. The lieutenant notices there is very little blood for a fatal gunshot, so he orders another autopsy, by someone other than Yager. Then Nora Bard and Arthur Templeton voluntarily confess to him that they lied before. Nora was in her husband’s apartment when he died. She had gone to plead for a divorce and hid in another room when Janet Bradley arrived. After Janet left, Nora found Walter dying after drinking some liquor. When she ran out, she was seen by Templeton. He went into the apartment, assumed Nora had committed the crime, and staged the fake suicide to protect her. Noticing a fresh flower among Bard’s effects, Carson questions flower seller Flossie. She mentions that when she went to try to collect what Bard owed her, she saw Yager unlock and enter Bard’s apartment. Carson confronts Yager. Knowing that Bard had been investigating Yager for a malpractice suit, the policeman guesses that Yager stole the evidence Bard had found and poisoned the liquor. Yager makes a break for it but is caught. At Detective Oppenheimer’s suggestion, Carson then takes Janet Bradley out. Bard’s appointment book showed he had an appointment with Janet Bradley on January 17 10:30 PM A scene later in the police headquarters shows a paper wall calendar with a date of “21”. Cast Carole Landis as Janet Bradley William Gargan as Lt. Sam Carson Don Beddoe as Dr. Yager, Medical Examiner Richard Crane as Johnny Williams, Reporter Mary Anderson as Nora Bard John Ireland as Det. Oppenheimer Charles Russell as Arthur Templeton Roy Roberts as Max Calvert Mabel Paige as Flossie Stanley Prager as Ruzinsky, Milkman Charles Tannen as Ames, Reporter


Jim Harbaugh’s Visit to Oswald’s Bear Ranch Prompts PETA Appeal

Jim Harbaugh’s Visit to Oswald’s Bear Ranch Prompts PETA Appeal

Ann Arbor, Mich. – After photos surfaced of University of Michigan (UM) football players petting, feeding, and posing with a bear cub at Oswald’s Bear Ranch—a notorious roadside zoo in the Upper Peninsula that tears baby bears away from their mothers and charges people to have their photo taken with them—PETA sent a letter today to UM Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh, who appears in photos with Oswald’s owner, alerting him to the facility’s history of bear cub deaths and calling on him to pledge never to bring the Wolverines to another roadside zoo.

PETA notes that even though nearly 80% of the bears Oswald’s has acquired in the last 25 years were bred in captivity and then taken from their mothers to be exploited for photo ops, the roadside zoo regularly misleads the public by marketing itself as a rescue facility. Seventeen cubs 2 years old or younger have died on Oswald’s watch, including two who died last year when they were only a few months old and another who was killed by police in 2019 after escaping from the facility, which was ordered to pay a $2,400 civil penalty to settle a federal complaint that its owners had lied about the circumstances surrounding the cub’s death. According to Michigan law, this penalty means that Oswald’s can’t offer cub petting until at least 2026—but it continues to do so.

“Kind Michigan football fans will be horrified to hear that their team visited Oswald’s Bear Ranch, which tears bear families apart and locks cubs up in a concrete prison,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Welfare Debbie Metzler. “PETA is calling on Coach Harbaugh to keep the Wolverines away from roadside zoos and to join us in calling for the bears at Oswald’s to be transferred to reputable sanctuaries.”

A new video narrated by Alec Baldwin exposes the suffering behind cub-petting “encounters,” targeting Oswald’s and other roadside zoos. Once bears become too big to be handled, Oswald’s moves them to enclosures in which they’ve exhibited behavior that signals mental distress in bears—such as head-tossing and pacing back and forth—as has been captured on video. Oswald’s has also been cited for allowing a cub to injure a guest and for endangering children by permitting them to hand-feed cubs.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.