Darrell Blair-Edward Martinie
April 10, 1943
|Died||July 26, 2006 (aged 63)|
|Resting place||Riverside Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Illinois|
|Occupation||Radio personality, astrologer|
|Spouse(s)||Edward Boesel (2004–2006)|
In 1965, Martinie graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in political science. In 1966 he began his first job as district manager of Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Decatur, Illinois. In 1971 he graduated from University of Illinois with a degree in psychology. While earning this degree, Martinie was first introduced to astrology when he attended a meeting of the school's astrology club. Although he initially believed astrology to be "stupid" and asinine", he later became hooked. That same year he moved to Boston, as he believed it was the most astrologically perfect place for him. After arriving in the city he began performing horoscope readings to employees of the state welfare department in exchange for them keeping him on the welfare roles.
In 1973, Martinie telephoned into Charles Laquidara's show on WBCN to correct his mistaken astrological reading. Laquidara would then give Martinie his start in radio as well as his nickname "The Cosmic Muffin", which was taken from a National Lampoon "Radio Dinner" parody "Deteriorata". His reports were syndicated to stations nationwide. Martinie would end each broadcast with the phrase "It is a wise person who rules the stars, a fool who is ruled by them - Over and out."
In the late 1990s, Martinie began easing into retirement.
Illness and death
His words "over and out" were the last to be heard on WBCN on August 12, 2009 when the station went off the air.
In 1969 his first marriage ended in divorce. The union produced one son.
Martinie was in a relationship with Edward Boesel from January 7, 1973 until Martinie's death. When same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts, Martinie and Boesel married. They were the first same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license in Saugus.
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