Bob Yeske

2012 - Spirit Award

Born in 1953 and having three older sisters who were four, eight, and ten years older than I, you can see why I say I was raised on Rock and Roll. I knew who Elvis was by the time I started grade school. Through the years, Rock and Roll music has become a constant with me, just as baseball has to America.

You will find that I always have my radio tuned to an oldies station. I have really come to appreciate all of the musicians for their contribution to our way of life. Behind every artist is a story. I enjoy reading biographies on the internet of famous bands and artists, but even more so listening to the stories of the local talents. Even though it looks like they are having the time of their lives, I know there is a lot of work to what they do. I have always had fun helping in anyway I can.

Like many people, I went to the old Roof Garden. It may not surprise you to know that some of my favorite memories from that time are the hot cars that lined the street! Today, standing next to your best girl, looking over the railing at your favorite car, while listening to the band play a great tune is the finest three minutes of every week (and your buddy buying you a beer of course).

When you get involved in something you believe in, the people you meet become a family of friends, and IRRMA is no exception. It is a good feeling to be a volunteer for such a fun cause and I would recommend it to everyone.

I am very honored to receive the Spirit Award, and I believe the real spirit is in each person who walks in every Thursday night for Rock the Roof, or any other place where music lives on.

It is quite apparent to me that if the Mayan’s had heard Rock and Roll music, they would never have ended their calendar on December 21, 2012!

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