I first met Sue
Brophey, or 'Brophage' as I like to call her, about 6
years ago on Open Mike with Mike Bullard. She actually
interviewed me for a job as "Unit Publicist"
- something I had never done before in my life. I remember
thinking to myself: "You can pull this off...just
act cool, like you know what you are talking about...it's
in the bag..." Little did I know that Sue Brophey
would be one of the people interviewing me. I had no clue
that she was a "Nancy Drew" wanna-be of sorts.
You can't get anything past that crazy blonde, curly haired
women in the glasses! To make a long story short, after
a intense cross-examination from this insane lady she
quickly got to the point that I had no publicity experience.
She made me admit it in the interview and then she hired
me anyway! I guess she liked me. I was terrified...but
I dug her...she had balls and I respected that. The "Nancy
Drew" term is a little something that we came up
with later, us office gals witnessed people fall like
flies when they tried to put a fast one past Brophage,
from the taxi chit scam to charging too much on invoices,
you just don't mess with her. You see, Brophage has this
overwhelming need to get the truth, nobody can fool her...it's
actually one of things that I love most about her...
We had a lot laughs
on that show and have had a lot of laughs since. A few
days into my stint at Open Mike I remember thinking to
myself: "This Sue is my kind of chick." Well
it turned out that I was right, I fell in love with Brophage
immediately. She became a great boss, a confident, someone
I could turn to when things weren't great on the show
and of course more then anything, a friend. Since that
first meeting I have laughed, cried, danced, karokeed,
played dress-up, sought advice, partied and practically
peed my pants with Brophage. It has been the beginning
of a great friendship, one I know that will blossom for
years and years.
There is something
else that I must say about Sue. It is important. For me
she has been a woman to look up to. Someone that I am
proud to call a friend and someone that I would like to
be a little more like. Sue seems to balance family, work
& friends. She never gets to tied up in her life or
her job to make room for the people that she loves. I
admire that completely. I am about to have a baby in January
and I often think to myself..."If I can be a little
like Sue then it is all going to be o.k. She has it all
and so can I."
From getting stuck
in a snow-bank and watching her flag down a random salt
truck for assistance to dancing with me at my wedding
she has been consistently lovely and true. I love you
my sweet Brophage. Happy 50th...I mean 40th!