Bob Brooks' broadcasting career spanned seven decades in Eastern Iowa. He was a fixture at sporting events all over the corridor and beyond. He was a legend and I'm proud to say he was my friend.

I've been thinking about him a lot lately and reflecting upon his death last year. I miss our two-hour lunches at either Nelson's Meat Market and the Starlite Room in Cedar Rapids. We never really went anywhere else... those were Bob's favorites and, really, why change it up.

Photo: Larson
Photo: Larson

What I remember most about those lunches were the things we talked about. Bob had a story for everything and I felt like I entered a time machine and was transported back to the time of the story he was telling.

When Bob left us, we lost both a great broadcaster and great man. I'll always remember the time we spent together and I wish it could have lasted longer.

On Friday, August 18th, The Cedar Rapids Kernels are honoring Bob. That night, the first 1,000 people who enter the gates will get a free Bob Brooks Bobble Head. He was passionate about local sports and was a member of the Cedar Rapids Baseball Club. Game time will be 6:35 at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids.

Whether or not you get one one of those bobbleheads, why don't you consider coming out to the old ball park to honor a man whose legacy will forever live in Cedar Rapids? I'm sure he'll be offering a "tip of the Fedora" from above to everyone in the audience.


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