Thanks for everything, Boss
O ver the course of 32 years in the newspaper business, Iíve worked with and for a lot of people.
Iíve had great bosses and Iíve had horrible bosses.
Iíve never had a better boss than Bob Moore. Thatís why itís going to be a bittersweet week around here as Bob counts down the last few days until his retirement at the end of the day Friday.
Itís going to be bitter because Iíll miss him terribly. Itís going to be sweet because I know how hard he has worked and how much he has looked forward to his retirement.
Bob hired me over the telephone in May 2014 as managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Weíd never met, but I had worked with then-CCN sports editor Chan Davis for a year or so in Pine Bluff before Chan came to Berryville, and Chan told me Bob was a great guy. That was all I needed to hear.
My first clue as to the kind of man Bob was came when he insisted I give a full monthís notice before leaving the daily newspaper in Pine Bluff, where I was burned out from a workload that left no time for any life outside of the office.
Anytime you go to work for a new boss, thereís always some apprehension. But I learned very quickly that Bob was going to be a wonderful boss. From the first day, heís been supportive and encouraging. I recall exactly one time in more than seven years when he seemed to be a little angry with me, for about two minutes. It was very minor; I remember it now only because it was so unusual.
We cover the news hard here, probably harder than most community newspapers. We believe thatís our duty to our readers, but sometimes some folks wish weíd look the other way and not report some things. Every single time weíve faced that kind of criticism, Bob has had our back. Bob also has made it a practice not to micromanage me or our newsroom. Heíll make suggestions occasionally and heís always, always there to give me his opinion when I ask for it, but he trusts us to do what we do. I cannot express how much that has meant to me.
Of course, weíre not all business all the time. Some of my favorite memories of Bob will be the times he came into my office and we talked for an hour about everything under the sun. Iím going to miss those talks probably more than I even realize.
Bob is a great storyteller and has told me some of the funniest jokes Iíve ever heard. For a while, he studied martial arts ó long enough for him to earn a black belt. He loved showing off some of what he learned. One memory of Bob that Iíll never forget is the day he came into the break room at our old office on Highway 62 Spur in Berryville. Photographer David Bell and I were drinking coffee and chatting when Bob came in and somehow the subject of martial arts came up. Before I knew what was happening, Bob had pulled a large knife out of a drawer next to the sink and was waving it around, showing us some moves. Rationally, I knew everything was perfectly safe. Irrationally, though, I wondered if I might get stabbed to death before I could finish my coffee.
Bob and his wife, Linda, became grandparents last summer when little Sutton was born. Now, Bob will have plenty of time to spend spoiling his grandson, traveling and playing a whole lot of golf (he once told me he was taking the afternoon off to ďsurvey some landĒ ó a euphemism for chasing a little white ball around the Carroll County Country Club).
Over the course of a little more than seven years, Bob has been much more than a boss to me. Heís been a friend, a mentor and a confidante. As I wrote in the card we presented him at a retirement gathering last week, simply saying ďthank youĒ doesnít seem like enough.
But Iíll say it anyway: Thank you, Bob, for everything. Hereís wishing you a long and happy retirement!