Post Vet V.A. ‘Vinnie’ Musetto Dies at Age 74

Longtime editor and film critic was battling pancreatic cancer.

It was Joe Pompeo who had the scoop two years ago, when New York Post old-timer V.A. Musetto was nudged off the freelance film reviewer rolls. And it is Pompeo once again, today, who has the very sad news of the 74-year-old newspaper man’s passing early this morning:

The cause was pancreatic cancer, Musetto’s daughter, Carly VanTassell, told Capital. He had entered end-of-life care at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx recently after receiving a sudden diagnosis…

In a brief phone interview, VanTassell recalled accompanying her father to the Post’s newsroom when she was a kid and seeing him stand on his desk yelling out headline ideas. She said she also has fond memories of Musetto taking her to the Grammy Awards in the early ’90s, dressed in a tuxedo and his signature red Converse All Stars.

The 1983 headline “HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR” will forever be associated with Musetto. Surprisingly however, that was not his personal favorite. To find out which front-page slug he preferred, read the rest of Pompeo’s piece.

And looking over Musetto’s long list of archived film reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, we couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the older item links don’t work. Or as Musetto might put it: “CLICKLESS HEADER IN BOTTOMLESS LIST.” RIP.

The Post obit, complete with a wonderful photo by Katie Orlinsky, is here.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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