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The Origin Of ‘The Mack Attack’ – By Jay Mack

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When I joined the on-air crew on the MV Communicator in September 1985, the government ship, the dioptric surveyor, was “camped” about one kilometre off our bow, starboard side, and was a 24/7 fixture in our daily life aboard the communicator. It irritated me immediately. So on my 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on-air shift, I began calling my show “The Mack Attack.”

It was my way of attacking them, the government men aboard the dioptric surveyor, who were mentally attacking us by their very presence. And, of course, they were making it very difficult for us to get regular supplies of food water and other essentials. Yes, we were pirates, but if we had been doing anything illegal they would have boarded us and arrested us. So to me, it was unnecessary for them and their boat to be there. Thus, the Mack attack.

I wasn’t nearly as aggressive as my predecessor, Charlie Wolf, had been, but I made my subtle point nightly on the airwaves of LASER558. Fast forward to the current day. LASER558 is back, I’m back, and so is “The Mack Attack” on my 9 p.m.-midnight show. No more ships, so now “The Mack attack” is a metaphor for an attack on all things evil! Sometimes when I invoke the term on air, I mentally picture the dioptric surveyor, sitting there off our bow. It helps me visualize a better world knowing it’s not there anymore. Not that we can solve all the problems of the world with our radio broadcasts, but we can certainly continue to hope that the good guys win more battles than they lose!!

Jay Mack

Written by: Steve Bannister

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