I'm very sorry you mistook my facetiousness (is that the right word?), I have nothing but admiration for Fred--after he, was one of the chief drivers of the Big Dig, when others were dithering inexcusably. Also, I heard that his parents' house was seized to construct I-90 through Brighton (can't remember the source for that), which supposedly gave him a healthy appreciation and sensitivity to the community affairs side of big infrastructure planning, as well as the sociological catastrophes that are highways [Big Dig aside].As an aside, I don't have the same personal animus towards Salvucci you have, but I'm sure you have your reasons.
I was more just trying to spoof the cultural concept of "senior statesmen" in the first place, and how excessive deference to the idea is inherently problematic. I suspect people may defer to him now more than they perhaps should, just because he's still in the game at 80 and they know he was involved in the epic saga of the Big Dig (and if he served under Dukakis then he presumably must take credit for the Red Line extension as well).
Also, I was merely trying to highlight the very clever, cinematic way that Carter caught Fred out in that lie--I forgot the exact assertion Fred made, I think it has to do with the width of Washington St. in the South End? And Carter, as I recall, immediately follows-up on Fred's claim with a scene vividly demonstrating its falsehood. Carter is a gifted filmmaker, and some of that gift comes at Fred's expense in the documentary, if I'm remembering correctly--I haven't watched the film in many years.