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Smogboy
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Post Number: 4423
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 12:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Seeing as the weather's getting cold and balmy, I can't help but think about the mornings waking up to WDIV and seeing good ol' reliable Bob Bennett reporting on some topic of the day. He'd be standing there in the pre-dawn hours reporting as snow and/ or sleet would rain down on him. He was so likable and did some of the most yeoman-esque work you could possibly ask of a reporter.

He was a trusted figure on television. I remember seeing the warm farewell that his colleagues bestowed upon him as well. And even on SportsRadio WDFN when they did the Famous Bobs tournament (akin to March Madness basketball), Bob Bennett actually won.

I can't help but think about him in the mornings now especially now that the weather's getting colder. Your presence and professionalism is missed, Bob.
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Yupislyr
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Post Number: 185
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Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 2:02 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That and his yearly paczki day reports from Hamtramck
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Gistok
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Post Number: 3558
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Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 2:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's even sadder that he didn't get to enjoy his retirement for very long....
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56packman
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Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 4:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When Anne Thomson was at channel 4 she used to get stuck with all of the "standing on a bridge overpass in a parka during a snow/sleet storm" kind of assignments. I had a friend who worked at 4 at the time and she said "Anne's just a really hard worker, she does whatever management asks with no fuss." Now she's in the big time.
But Bob was cool, and a class act.
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Smogboy
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Post Number: 4426
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Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 10:41 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That mantle of standing out in the middle of nowhere to do a story seems to have fallen on the shoulders of Fox 2's Al Allen.

These are the consumate pros who don't exactly dress in the chicest of overcoats, are usually donning some perfectly functional warm hat, sporting big honking mittens, just trying to maintain some level of decorum, and getting battered by the elements. While they might never win the big awards for the stations, they're always out there with a sense of purpose & journalistic pride.
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Kenp
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Post Number: 187
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Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 1:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

First thing I thought of was Al Allen, then I see smogboy beat me to the punch.
Bob Bennett always did the tough job, freezing his butt off at some crazy time of the day or night. You really have to respect that type of reporter.
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Yaktown
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Post Number: 99
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Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 9:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Perhaps when we're all done "Dodging the Lodge", we can rename one of the overpasses as the Bob Bennett Memorial Overpass.
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Spiritofdetroit
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Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 10:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I love Al Allen
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Fastcarsfreedom
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Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 3:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Anne Thompson's years of standing on overpasses in the snow sure paid off. Last time I checked she was NBC's chief financial correspondent...not a bad leap from covering Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.
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Smogboy
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Post Number: 4434
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Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 4:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One of my remembrances was of Anne Thompson covering the '84 World Series. I believe it was her in the WDIV vehicle that got tipped over.

And Al Allen's been sporting some mighty fine chapeaus the last few mornings in this weather.
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Hoog
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Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 10:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

One of my remembrances was of Anne Thompson covering the '84 World Series. I believe it was her in the WDIV vehicle that got tipped over.



I believe that was one of the Pistons championships.

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