It’s nice to honor worthies after they’re gone, and it’s even nicer to let them know how appreciated they are while they’re still with us.
The late mayor of Hartford, Mike Peters, will have his name attached to a bridge that connects Riverfront Plaza and the Connecticut Science Center with the Connecticut Convention Center. It will be dedicated July 26th.
I can see Mayor Mike standing there, beer in one hand, butt in the other, saying, “Who, me? Get outta here.” Of course, absent the booze and the butts, Mike might still be with us.
There is a committee working to rename Hartford’s Grove St. for WTIC radio legend Bob Steele. (I’m on that committee, but in name only. The heavy lifting is being done by a man named Chris Fortier.)
Bob was, quite simply, an institution. Generations grew up listening to him, and generations of morning radio competitors (including me) were crushed by him. He wasn’t the last of his kind. He was the only one of his kind. And he was very kind to a young broadcaster with a lot of hair and a fu manchu.
And with continued good health, Bill Russell will live to see his statue unveiled in Boston. This is long overdue. Bill Russell was more than the greatest winner in basketball history. He was a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement, and remains a living symbol of dignity. His statue will be at City Hall Plaza.
I was fortunate enough to know Mayor Mike and Bob Steele. I would love to spend an evening talking to Bill Russell. Or just listening to him.