Robin asked me to scan some photos of her dad, and I thought I'd post a few here, which give a feel for the person he was.
Here he is with newspaper magnate Dean Lesher and Dean's wife Margaret. Bob managed to stay in the Lesher fold long enough to call it a career, which wasn't true of too many people. A couple of years after Lesher died, his newspapers were sold for $365 million.
Here he is doing … what, I have no idea, really. When I think of his work at the newspaper, I think of him as management … he wrote the occasional column but he wasn't a writer. So this picture, which makes him look like he's on his way to The Front Page, isn't quite how I remember him. But there are many pictures like this, so obviously for a lot of people, this IS Bob Smith.
It's hard to find anyone with a bad word to say about the man, and this picture pretty much sums up why.
On the back of this photo, he has written "I am the guy in shorts." He had this one blown up … it was on the wall of his family room. He's a long ways from Iowa in this picture.