Where Did These Last 43 Years (and mustache) Go?
Anniversary is defined as the annually recurring date of a past event, as of personal or historic importance and there is clearly a huge difference between the two. The ones we acknowledge are mostly wedding anniversaries or maybe the anniversary of when someone quit smoking or something else near and dear to then. As for historical purposes there are ones like September 11th and December 7th which we don’t celebrate but rather commemorate for their significance.
Unless it impacts you directly anniversaries are largely ignored unless they are what most would consider special ones….10, 25, 50 years. However since it does impact me I am going to acknowledge one today a week after I saluted my wife on our 41st wedding anniversary.
Last Saturday marked my 43rd anniversary at WOBM. It was Monday July 23, 1979 that I first came to work as the station’s first full-time Sports Director at our offices and studios which were at that time located in Bayville. I was dressed pretty formally and I know I made instant friends when I came into the office with two dozen donuts. I learned quickly that food always goes a long way to establish a nice relationship with your work colleagues. As I have said many times I had no intention of making WOBM more than a pit stop on my way to a very successful career as a sports broadcaster. The plan was for 2-3 years here and then it was on to the bright lights.
While the lights in my office are fairly bright things did not exactly go as planned but that’s okay. Not many people get to say they’ve called pretty much the same place home for 43 years in this and any other business. I’ve outlasted hundreds of people and witnessed changes that I could not have imagined four decades ago.
When will this run end? I guess it comes down to who has the final say and that chapter has not yet been written.
Happy Anniversary to me!