Happy 800th, Bob!

Vet­eran sports­caster has called Bombers games for 45 years

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - HAL AN­DER­SON An­der­son is a CJOB host and has writ­ten col­umns on the side for years. You can reach him at hal@ha­lan­der­son.ca

My dear friend Bob Irv­ing is cel­e­brat­ing a huge mile­stone Satur­day ... his 800th Bomber game! Con­grats Knuck­les! Bob started at CJOB soon af­ter a chance meet­ing in 1973 with then sports di­rec­tor Ken (Friar) Ni­chol­son at a golf tour­na­ment. Bob’s move from Bran­don to CJOB came with a big raise too, he al­most dou­bled his pay to a whop­ping $600 a month. Bob told me re­cently when he cel­e­brated 45 years at the sta­tion that it’s still “a blast” to call Bomber games on CJOB. Bob is such a class act and I’m so proud to call him my friend.

REEFER MAD­NESS

The old movie Reefer Mad­ness called mar­i­juana the burn­ing weed with its roots in hell. But I’m think­ing next Wednesday’s le­gal­iza­tion of pot will be much to do about noth­ing. Cannabis users will con­tinue to smoke it and peo­ple who don’t indulge still won’t.

How­ever, it could get in­ter­est­ing at some work­places. Em­ploy­ees who re­turn from a break smelling of it or work­ers who tell their boss they need it for medic­i­nal pur­poses might have some ex­plain­ing to do. Bar­bara Bowes, an HR ex­pert at Le­gacy Bowes Group, told me that her best ad­vice for em­ploy­ers is to han­dle pot much like al­co­hol.

SHAME­LESS PLUG

Over the past cou­ple years, I’ve lost more than 230 pounds. I had a lot of help, in­clud­ing gas­tric sleeve surgery. A friend who had the lap band pro­ce­dure has writ­ten a book for peo­ple like us.

Lisa Belkin’s Com­fort Cook­ing For Bari­atric Postops And Ev­ery­one Else is a great read and it’s jammed with recipes aimed at pre­vent­ing the dreaded re­gain that many bari­atric pa­tients ex­pe­ri­ence. Good luck with the book Lisa and thanks for shar­ing what you’ve learned!

WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?

An­other sea­son of The Walk­ing Dead is back on TV. My wife Jackie and I are big fans. And we joke around all the time about what we’d do if there was ever a zom­bie apoca­lypse.

But ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey, al­most 25% of peo­ple ac­tu­ally have a plan to sur­vive. And 17% have even con­sid­ered putting to­gether a sur­vival kit.

RE­ALLY GOOD MOVIE!

If you haven’t checked out A Star Is Born yet, what are you wait­ing for?! It’s a great movie! All the Os­car buzz sur­round­ing this film is very de­served. Lady Gaga is great, es­pe­cially her singing. But Bradley Cooper is amaz­ing!

He did just about ev­ery­thing on this movie. He even spent a year and a half learn­ing to sing. I be­lieve Cooper could get Os­car nods for ac­tor, di­rec­tor and screen­play. It’s su­per sad though. Take a box of Kleenex with you, maybe two.

GENE PAGE/AMC PHOTO VIA AP

Zom­bies from The Walk­ing Dead.

BOB IRV­ING

WARNER BROS.

Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga in a scene from A Star is Born.

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