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Share your comments on Bob Steele’s Century, The Word for the Day or A Voice for the Ages, or your memories of Bob, his humor, his morning program, his sports shows, his charitable activities, his public speaking engagements, his performance as an advertiser, his attraction to gambling, his love of automobiles, his connection to his audience.

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  1. Robert Paine writes:

    Like many in southern New England, I grew up with WTIC and Bob Steele. I even “borrowed” his opening for “Strictly Sports” on morning when I filled in for the sports person on the radio reading service I worked for. “Good morning, sports fans and everybody, how are you today?” I moved to Maryland in 1980 and only got back home a couple times a year. When I did, I went out of my way to listen to Bob Steele. In 1981, my in-laws from England visited us and we drove to CT for them to meet my family. I bragged about Bob Steele and how well he recited “The Lion and Albert”. I called and asked him if he could do it so they get to hear it. He said he normally didn’t take requests on short notice but he would grant this one, and he graciously did it next morning. I still have a post card from him, regarding TV coverage of the Whalers (yes, I’m still a die-hard fan. They’re not defunct; they only suspended operations indefinitely). It is one of my favorite and most prized possessions. I’m now in Washington state, and there is nothing to take the place of Bob Steele and WTIC. If anyone can overnight a couple grinders and a couple birch beers, I’ll be eternally grateful. By the way, what do you think of “The Bob Steele Memorial Antenna Switch”? Has a ring to it, don’t you think…..

    Bob Paine
    Richland WA
    Weight: 306-1/2 pounds

  2. Don Drosehn writes:

    Bob Steele had a profound influence in my life, and I personally believe I would not have had a successful career had it not been for him. Why? Bob Steele kept me from leaving the University of Massachusetts in 1968 and I would have never become the Manager of Manufacturing for United States Currency.
    I was a depressed student in my first six weeks at UMass and I missed home so much I was ready to quit. With all of the things going on as a Freshman, I never bothered to turn my radio on in the morning and find any station at all to listen to.
    I got up one morning in my lonely dorm room and started to cry. I then went over to my radio and I finally turned it on. It was set to the only station I ever listened to in Hinsdale before I came to UMass and that was WTIC out of Hartford, because every morning for as long as I can remember I would listen to Bob Steele before I went to high school. I loved him. His voice filled the room and all of a sudden a peace came over me that I cannot explain very well. I felt at home. The crying stopped and I listened to a story about uncle stainless, and started laughing. I went to my morning classes a new person because I knew my Bob Steele was there for me. Of course he never knew me, but I sure knew him. Every year he would get me with his April fools joke about retiring and I would get all upset, and then laugh.
    As far as I am concerned Bob Steele is by far and away the greatest Radio personality that ever lived. Thanks to Bob’s family for sharing him with all of us for all those years.
    Thanks Bob, I made it through UMass, graduated with honors, and you made the difference in my life. I wish I could have told you this personally, but somehow I know that you now sit at the right hand of God, and you already know.

  3. Gary Littlefield writes:

    I listened to Bob Steele in the morning, eating breakfast at the kitchen table, listening to his jokes, music and news. I continued in college listening on my little radio in the college dorm and on through the beginnings of my working career. Morning drive time was almost always tuned to 1080. I remember his last signoff, not realizing it would truly be his last for I felt he would be back. Trying to explain Bob Steele to people is nearly impossible. My son never heard him except on the CDs that I have and his “Two Buffalo” song as well as “Young Albert and the Lion”. Many have tried to copy but few have suceeded. He was a legend like the superstars who have gone before. Thanks for sharing.

  4. philsteele writes:

    Alan Rozinsky, who taught Economics at Avon Old Farms School, sent me this:
    I was nearly bowled over by the magnificence of the collection that is Bob Steele’s Century.
    Amazingly, Phil Steele, one of Bob Steele’s sons, has preserved the powerful legacy of Bob’s career and life. A magnificent history that is Hartford, Connecticut, USA and the greater central Connecticut environs will live on forever in the collected memorabilia that Bob Steele carefully assembled. In ten volumes, totaling about 2,000 pages, you’ll find everything you ever wanted to know about this area’s history from 1911 onward. In fact, each and every tightly packed page is so chock full of fascinating, meaningful information, it could easily have been expanded to 4,000 or 6,000 pages if given “a little white space” for current and future historians to contribute anecdotal references!
    You, who may be fortunate enough to come across one or all of the volumes in this collection, will have chosen wisely. Bob Steele was one of the best and brightest minds and his lifetime collection of documentation will prove it to you. He earned his status and honor through hard work over decades competing in a most demanding industry – entertainment. His intellect, largely self-taught, was constantly evaluated by his audience. In his field, Bob Steele was acknowledged to be the very best at what he did and he was, absolutely, his best. Lastly, he was better than the best (if that’s possible according to logic) because he left all the information about his life and career that has now been preserved in Bob Steele’s Century.
    Bob Steele knew that what he was doing had far-reaching implications even if he may or may not have known how great an impact he was making in real time. I’d be willing to bet,
    despite tons of accolades that came his way, Bob Steele would be amazed to know that the ten volume collection we now know as Bob Steele’s Century could likely become a best seller. Heck, maybe a Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer, Tony, Country Music (Bob sang and whistled lots of tunes!), or Academy Award winning opportunity is in the offing; even though, posthumously.
    In short, having enjoyed a lifetime of working on growing up (but not yet finished with the task) in the center of Connecticut as an infant (in Hartford at the corner of Holcomb Street and Blue Hills Avenue), in elementary school (on Ardmore Road in West Hartford, across the street – on the playground side – of Edward Morley School), in middle school (then 6th grade at Whiting Lane School in West Hartford), next door for 7th grade at Plant Junior High School, then at Avon Old Farms School (grades 8 through 12), next a freshmen year at Ohio Wesleyan University and ultimately at this area’s own University of Hartford for a B.A. (History and Political Science) and M.Ed. (Urban Education), I only missed the first ten or fifteen years of Bob Steele’s broadcast career. I listened to Bob Steele’s shows so much; I can still hear them in my mind’s ear. In fact, even now I often listen to some recordings of his shows on my disks or my iPod.
    Wow! My family and friends may be correct after all. My sense of humor borders on the absurd, and I got some of that from my mother’s father, in person, and from Bob Steele on the radio. My sense of humor is corny, wry, loaded with double meaning, convoluted and is funny to me even when no one is listening. But if there is someone listening, I just enjoy it a lot more.
    From the summer of 1980 to the spring of 1994 I taught Economics and Psychology at Avon Old Farms School (where we still live as my wife, Bobbie, is an Honors Geometry, Geometry, Architecture and Drawing, Painting and Design teacher. In 1994 I became the Vice President Operations of Center Enterprises, Inc. in West Hartford – a manufacturer of
    instructional resource materials – from which I retired in 2010. What had previously been a part-time interest over four plus decades has now become a more or less full-time vocation in the business arena in the areas of consulting, logistics and public relations.
    In summary, I owe Bob Steele a big thank you and a big hug for being “there” before I knew that there even was a “there”.
    My feeling is that lots of people should read Bob Steele’s Century. I trust that all those who do will, in turn, be able to recommend it to others. They’ll then be able to thank Bob Steele, in absentia, individually.
    And please, don’t thank me. It’s been my pleasure.

    Alan D. Rozinsky October 28, 2011

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