… Bob Young and Fran Tate.
For the uninitiated:
Bob Young is the incredibly talented singer/songwriter/guitarist who did our “Steve & Johnnie, Johnnie & Steve” theme along with other memorable originals such as “Roll Me A Long One.”
Fran Tate is the 70-something ball of fire who has been our Barrow, Alaska bureau chief and gift-giving Easter Bunny to the kids at Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Now, the REST of the story ….
Bob Young, who had a VERY tough health year in 2010 became very ill again, late in ’11. It honestly looked like he had lived his 9 lives but…SURPRISE!! After being hospitalized in critical condition for 2 months he was moved to a rehab facility. For weeks he has been unable to speak. His condition was “quiet and stable”. Today his nurse told us he can talk and WANTS to talk to us!! What a wonderful surprise. We also found out his phone was broken when he could hear me but, I couldn’t hear him. Thank goodness his nurse was standing right there and said she would get maintenance on that asap as Bob WANTED to talk! I could hear it in her voice, she was pleased and yes, pleasantly surprised! We can’t wait til his phone is fixed and we can actually chat. He will be tickled to know that you haven’t forgotten him and in fact, not a day goes by that someone doesn’t inquire about him. So, for Bob, thanks and please, keep him in your thoughts and prayers. He is going to surprise doctors and us…yet again!
And, Fran…she, like Bob, has been dealing with complications related to diabetes. She was coming up on a very busy holiday season at Pepe’s North of the Border in Barrow and tells us she got lazy and lax with her medication. Next thing she knew she was in the hospital for 9 days in a diabetic coma. She came out of that and back to work only to get a cold and experience a setback that laid her up for 3 more days. She is NOW back to work (12 hours a day!!) at Pepe’s but, is going in later in the morning missing the breakfast shift but, staying late to play “catch up”. She sounded great and says she actually feels really good except for the neuropathy in her feet that slows her down. Amazing! She also thanks you all for your cards, notes and good wishes. We will stay in touch, in fact, she reminded me there is an entire display case of Steve and Johnnie Stuff in the restaurant so, not a day goes by that she doesn’t think of us and you, the listeners! We might just get crazy and head up north for a little visit this year and I can work the tables at Pepe’s…the tips are really good since the food is so good! Again, Fran thanks you for thinking of her and asked that you also keep her in your thoughts and prayers!
So, we are expecting an unseasonably warm day in Chicago today…who cares, the above news has really warmed our hearts!
We’ll keep you posted,