Where do the years go?
Seeing Irv, Rick and Tom here last week brought back lots of memories.
I not only watched them growing up, I had the privilege of working with Irv and Tom. Rick retired a few years before I came to WKBW-TV.
I was Irv's producer for a while when I first arrived at Channel 7. His larger than life persona on TV is just the way he is in person. Never a dull moment with him. He was very hard working and expected you to give your best, too, but it was never a problem because he never demanded anything of you that he didn't demand of himself.
I enjoyed watching him create clever copy from a typical story. Boy, could he turn a phrase. That is his gift. He was so good that when I became a reporter, I would ask to hear what Irv was planning to say leading into me, so I wouldn't be caught off guard by his witty writing!
Yes, he was serious about the news and a stickler for the facts, but we had a lot of fun, too. Irv's great sense of humor is what I miss most today...always saying something that made you laugh!
As for Tom, well, he is just about the nicest guy ever. Very easygoing, Yes, kind of quiet and shy, but always did a thorough job on the air. Really charming, too. He was also known for having some pretty interesting outfits! I loved his individuality and that green Corvette he used to drive to work in the summer!!!
It's no doubt that these three TV legends left a lasting impression on many of us and our community, but life goes on and our industry continues to rapidly change. I just feel lucky that I was able to be a part of it.