Recently, while checking out some AT40-themed Facebook discussion board, someone included a comment that Casey's voice or vocal delivery was affected adversely by him being a smoker. I have read comments about Casey on this site for years and I don't remember anybody referring to Casey smoking either cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. (And I'm only referring to tobacco; I seriously doubt Casey smoked anything else .) I would have guessed that Casey lived tobacco-free, given that he was so obsessed with living healthy and eating a healthy, vegan diet. (Although he may have done that for purely ethical reasons, I don't know.) Can anybody confirm or deny whether he was or wasn't a smoker?
"Who do you love?"---Bo Diddley
"Swear allegiance to the flag, whatever flag they offer. Never hint at what you really feel."---Mike and the Mechanics
I could totally be wrong about this, but I think it was in Rob Durkee's book on American Top 40 that I read that Casey was a smoker, but quit cold turkey after the first surgeon general's warning. That would have been 1964, or when I think he would have been 30 or 31.
Once during the early to mid-80s, he did a PSA, most likely for the American Cancer Society, that ran during the show. He specifically said, "I used to be a very heavy smoker." That's all I can remember about it.
* Follow-up...It was the National Cancer Institute.
Last Edit: Mar 31, 2018 5:55:09 GMT -5 by doofus67: NCI