TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – They say a picture says a thousand words, and no one says it better than our chief photographer Bob Bruce. But, Friday, after more than 50 years in the news business Bruce said goodbye to the station.
Join WTWO/WAWV in congratulating Bruce on his retirement.
Bruce spent 20 years at our station, and before he said goodbye, he shared some of his memories with us.
Bruce first started at the station as a college student during the summer of ’68. This was his fourth time back at the station, and to-date, he had the oldest hire date of any active employee at the station. He was also the only employee left on staff who was here during the film era.
I’ve covered every major presidential election, every major candidate. I’ve covered every major accident in a 30-year period, every major fire in that period.”– Bob Bruce
So, what was Bruce’s biggest take-away from all that he has witnessed?
I think the biggest thing is the resilience of the community. Through adversity, they rise.”
His most memorable story?
I think one of the most interesting stories was the Timmy McVey story. Of course that’s a national story that ended up here locally. I thought it was really interesting about the time that they put him down there was a gentle mist of rain, like a cleansing rain. Just a healing, a cleansing rain.”
His career also gave him the opportunity to travel.
I’ve been with Eva Kor to the camps three times and I’ve been to her hometown, and we went to Israel with her where she did a tour of Israel where she talked to other survivors. I’ve been very fortunate in this business to do a lot of travel.”
His advice for anyone thinking about a career in the news industry?
To get into the business, you’ve got to be able to work, work hard, work under pressure, the time constraints, you have to love mankind and that’s been very satisfying, meeting all the wonderful people I have.”
Bob, Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication over all these years. And again, from all of us, congratulations on your retirement. We will miss you like crazy!