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August 06, 2013
I could write a book about Bob Kieffer, my dear friend. It's been years since we've been together, but when I heard the news of his passing, I felt a deep sense of loss. Bob and I were part of the Flora Place and 39th Street gang. We partied and played sports and talked trash all through grade school (St. Margaret of Scotland), high school and college. Bob holds a technicolor place in so many of my memories. When I was in basic training, Lt. Bob would come down to Ft. Leonard Wood, in uniform, to literally spirit me from my barracks for a night at the officer's club. That flood of memories reminds me of what Bob meant to me and my family. I keenly recall our reciprocal visits with Bob, Mary Jane and the kids. One summer they visited us at our summer home in Wisconsin. When we moved to Florida in 1988, Bob and I only saw each other on rare occasion. Still, Bob never drifted too far from my thoughts about Flora Place and our wonderful neighborhood. I spent many nights at the Kieffer home, joining Bob's family for dinner and razzing sessions, especially from big brother Tom. Richard called me "Georgie Boy," and talked to me endlessly about the baseball Cardinals. Ellen (Mary Elllen to me), and Barbara and Tony, the glamorous couple in Southern California, were part of my world. Bob and I took a train from St. Louis Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station before we turned 21 to stay at the Micelli home and play act in what we considered Hollywood style. I could go on, but I wish Bob's family, especially his children, could see his life in a documentary. It would bring tears, laughter and astonishment. Bob lived large and swept us into his boisterous world. Despite his adventures, Bob was a serious thinker who loved to read widely and discuss emotions, politics and history. He befriended me when I was a newcomer to Flora Place, and stood by me whenever I needed him. Rest in peace, Bob.
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