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11/25/2013 11:31:00 AM
Marty Bussman celebrates 40 years as employee at "U" of Minnesota
Marty Bussman
Marty Bussman
Marty Bussman is celebrating his 40th year as an employee of the University of Minnesota.
Bussman, son of Anna and the late Lawrence Bussman, is featured in the September 2013 isue of Ski-U-Mah, the official magazine of Gopher athletics.
A story by Jeff Keiser highlights the fact that Bussman has worked as the sound engineer for thousands of shows and concerts in the "U's" Northrup Auditorium, has attended every Board of Regents meeting and has worked almost every Gopher athletics event on campus.
"When you walk through every Gopher sports venue chances are the audio/video wiring and televisions were installed by Bussman," the story states. "Every coach and staff member leans on him to provide the latest and greatest A/V products, whether it's assembling a state-of-the-art sound system in a practice space or hanging a television on the wall in an office. The quality of his work and his friendly personality have made Bussman an unsung hero and a favorite across the U of M campus."
In an interview with Keiser, Bussman said that he spent 20 years as the sound engineer for all the shows in Northrop Auditorium.
"That's where all the fun was for me," Bussman said. "I had the chance to watch Baryshnikov dance when he could still jump with the ballet. I have probably done about a thousand Nutcrackers. Going through the mall, I can usually tell you exactly where they are in the Nutcracker series within two notes."
Bussman also did a lot of comedy shows at Northrop. In the process, he worked with Bill Cosby, Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Howie Mandel and others.
"It was just a ball," he said.
He says he has especially enjoyed working as a sound engineer with the A/V at Gopher football, basketball and volleyball games.
"I facilitate the sound part of things," he told Keiser. "These days with the new video boards, it's a total production. In the old days you showed up, put a microphone on the announcer and played some music. The marching band takes over and things like that. Nowadays, it's non-stop production."
He told Keiser that he gained a strong work ethic from his dad, Lawrence.
"My wife always says I have the most screwed-up work ethic ever, working 50, 60, 70-hour weeks," he said. "That is from being a farm boy. That is what you do. I grew up on a small dairy farm outside Rochester. My father would wake us up at 5 o'clock in the morning, twisting our toes. Sending us out. One of his comments was, 'the cows aren't going to milk themselves.' Out you go. When you are a farm boy, work means a lot. Probably too much. I still have that today. I've tried to pass that on to my boys."

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