Bob Steele Street To Open Friday

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bsteele[1]_optCome Friday, there will be some new addresses in town,  celebrity style.

Downtown’s Grove Street will officially be renamed Bob Steele Street in memory of the  late, iconic WTIC radio personality, Bob Steele.

A committee that includes WVIT anchor Gerry Brooks, Steele’s son Phil, Chris Powell of the  Journal-Inquirer, WTNH political reporter Mark Davis and journalist and broadcaster  Chris Fortier had been working on the plans for more than a year with Mayor Pedro Segarra’s office.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., according to Fortier.

Grove Street was chosen because it once was the place where the WTIC station was located and where Steele broadcast his show.

“He was part of everyone’s household,” said Fortier about Steele, a master wordsmith, who for 60 years, both educated and entertained his listeners and delivered the coveted “no school today” weather announcements to generations of families.  Steele died in 2002.

Steele’s son, Phil, said family and friends are expected to attend Friday’s dedication. After the ceremony those who are interested are invited to the Front Street Bistro on Columbus Boulevard where New York architect Michael Keropian, who grew up listening to Steele, will unveil a proposed design for a historical marker for the street.

“It will be a great moment,” he said, reflecting on how his dad would feel about such an honor.  “He would say that we’re making too much fuss and would never let on how proud it would make him feel.

 

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13 thoughts on “Bob Steele Street To Open Friday

  1. Rich Jones

    Hartford pols are good at renaming streets (Ann Uccello St, Bob Steele St, etc) but inept regarding enforcing the rule of law on those very streets.

  2. Paul G. Littlefield

    I liked Bob Steele, his wit and friendly style made his a favorite with me. I listened in Trumbull. When I first heard his show he had a sponsor, Groute and Weigle. I could have sworn I heard him say, “and now a word from one of our sponsors, Grunt and Wiggle.” I thought it was cute for a pork and sausage company.

  3. Professor Poop

    I think it is great to honor an iconic personality such as Bob Steele. I was introduced to him early every morning at breakfast before going off to school. However, I am firmly against name streets after the full names of people. As an example, “Ann Ucello Street” sounds so… dumb, for lack of a better word. Equally now will the sound of “Bob Steele Street” sound foolish.

    Perhaps while we are in the mood of changing street names, we might also change the name of Fish Fry Street (a street close to the local jail) to “Eddie Perez Row” in memory of a recent former illustrious mayor who is within a few weeks of being sent to the state penitentiary for behavior becoming a politician.

  4. James Kerwin

    EHAT HAS TAKEN SO LONG. BOB STEELE MANY LIKE ME GREW UP WITH FROM 1936 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1990/S.
    HE WAS A SPORTS SUPPORT, ALL SPORTS. HE GAVE HIS TIME FOR EVERY GOOD CAUSE. I LEARNED MORE ABOUT CONNECTICUT FROM BOB THAN ANY SCHOOL BOOK. REMEMBER HIS HIGHWAYS AND BYEWAYS OF CONNECTICUT SEGMENT. HE HIGHLIGHTED ALL 169 TOWNS OF CONN. YEP, HE TAUGHT ME THERE WERE 169 TOWNS.
    HE ALSO TAUGHT ME NOT TO PICK HIS PICK IN SPORTS. KIDS WOULD ASK HIM NOT TO PICK THEIR SCHOOL TO WIN—BECAUSE THEN THEY’D LOSE IF BOB PICKED THEM.
    I MISS HIS “WORD OF THE DAY”, I LEARNED PROPER USE OF WORDS AND HOW TO PRONOUNCE THEM CORRECTLY. LIKE NEW ORLEANS IS REALLY NORLEANS.
    WHEN AN ANNOUNCER MIS PRONOUNCES A WORD IS SAY–WHERE IS BOB WHEN YOU NEED HIM.
    I GOT AN EDUCATION EVERY MORNING FROM BOB THEN MANY OF MY TEACHERS.
    THIS IS LONG OVERDUE. YOU’LL NEVER REALLY KNOW WHAT BOB STEELE MEANT TO CONNECTICUT OF THE 30′S TO THE 70′S. HE WAS THE CONSTANT IN AN EVER CHANGING WORLD.
    GOD BLESS YOU PHIL–I KNOW GOD HAS BOB SITTING NEXT TO HIM CORRECTING HIS USES OF WORDS.

    1. ConstantReader

      @Jams Kerwin – yeah, too bad Bob’s not around to correct your lack of ‘netiquette’ – all upper case is considere shouting. And check your grammar and spelling before clicking “post comment”

  5. YeOldeDave

    The “L” stands for Elwood…………..

    Bob came to our high school (Reg. 1) athletic banquet, around ’65, gave his after dinner speech. Got to meet him, the first “famous” person I’d met. Talking to him & hearing his “speech” was just like listening to the radio…. minus the static. Great guy………….

  6. Laura McConnell

    Wonderful to see at CT icon honored. Bob Steele was a mainstay on our family radio. Still remembering him waking us up to marching bands. Oh, and waiting sooo long for him to announce that “Regional District #11, the town of Chaplin, Hampton & Scotland – NO SCHOOL” Those were always the best words ever from Bob Steele! Phil your Dad will always be remembered fondly.

  7. The Hartford Guy

    Rich…can we PLEASE keep the suburban little town anti-Hartford stuff out of the Bob Steele tribute?? Please? Just for 5 minutes? Whaddya say???

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