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Thursday, March 13, 2014
On Friday I had a nifty opportunity. Some of you may have listened in and heard it.
Last week, I was invited by Doug Allan to come on iTalkUS' morning show, “Talk of the Town.” Doug hosts the show with Renee deMedicis and previously wrote a column here in The North Augusta Star. We're hoping to rekindle that partnership in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout for that.
It was fun to head on over there and promote the paper. I'm hoping to make some more visits to their airwaves, so be sure to take a look at our Facebook page for updates on when those may be coming up.
There was one thing that happened that I want to talk about.
Bob Bolton, as many of you know, has been nothing short of an icon here in North Augusta. When I started at this paper I remember someone telling me, I forget who, that I absolutely “had to” meet him. I wasn't sure what the big deal was at the time, because I knew him as the sideline guy.
Over the past couple of months, I have taken some time to talk with Bob and get to know him. I call him Mr. Bob, simply because that's how my mom raised me, but he has been an amazing friend and guide. No matter what time I called he has always been willing to talk and help me. No matter what event or function I saw him at, he has been there with a smile on his face and greeted me like I was the only person there. Every North Augusta High School football game he has been right there on the sidelines, interviewing and encouraging players.
Well, as many of you know, Bob was diagnosed with cancer and is facing a battle that he started on Monday. His family created a Facebook page, which you can find by searching “Bob Bolton – Love, Support and Prayers.” I posted this on our paper's page, but if you haven't seen that, please head on over there and give them support in their time of need.
That one act, which took me a couple of seconds and roughly two mouse clicks, truly meant the world to Mr. Bob and his family. They have posted on The Star's page, thanking us. Really, though, we don't need to be thanked. It's a small token for someone who has meant so much to myself, and this paper, throughout the years. During that time he has also touched the lives of so many by being a selfless, charming and thoughtful individual. I know from talking with folks around the community that he's been there for many of them in their times of need. So, simply put, it's our turn to be there for him and his family.
On Thursday, in the pouring rain, Bob's wife Cindy brought Bob here to the office. It caught us all off guard, simply because someone in his condition shouldn't be out in that kind of weather.
So why did Bob want to stop by? Well, he wanted to thank TJ and myself for the support (and to give Rechelle a hug). This despite knowing what's on the other side of the weekend.
That takes me back to Friday. Out of nowhere there was a caller, and Doug simply introduced it as “someone special” who had something to share. My first instinct made me think it was my mom. Turns out it was Mr. Bob, who wanted to just say how great of a job we have been doing here at the paper despite all of the changes. Doug joked with me that it was a “ringing endorsement from Mr. North Augusta.”
Again – what I do is easy. It doesn't take me that long to simply share something on Facebook or write one of these columns or stories. What Mr. Bob has done for so many years – that's the difficult part. Yet, he has done it in stride, a smile on his face and with kindness.