When I worked at Tadco Mfg. in the late 70’s and early 80’s I met Phil Bissell at one of the train station shops at the Whistle stop Mall in Rockport, Ma. During my lunch breaks I used to stop by and say Hi and talk Art and if it was one of my friends Birthdays I’d have him draw a quick sketch for them. He would love to talk art. He’s is one of my inspirations. I think $25.00 for one. He wasn’t Famous back then but he should be now! You never know!
GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA
August 28, 2009
By Matt Langone
In the world of sports, followers often subscribe to the notion of out of sight, out of mind. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally.
Historic moments and people become lost in the rapidly changing times. The founding fathers and iconic figures that our professional sports leagues and teams were built upon become forgotten due the right here, right now mentality of sports. However, New England Patriots fans will have a chance to get acquainted or reacquainted with the symbol of the beginning of the Patriots, and the man who created that symbol.
That man would be Rockport’s Phil Bissell, who created the original New England Patriots logo Pat Patriot in 1960 shortly after the team — then known as the Boston Patriots — was formed as one of the eight squads to play in the American Football League (a league that existed from 1960-1969 before merging with the NFL).
With this year being the 50th anniversary of the Patriots organization and the AFL, the new sleek Flying Elvis logo of the Patriots will step aside for a few games and allow the retro uniforms and Pat Patriot to make a triumphant return.