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Written by: Greg Runyon
4/1/2009 12:29 PM 

 

I don’t often remember my dreams, but one I had this morning was memorable, enough so to share.  I had a dream that one of my bosses, Eliot Keller, one of the primary owners of KZIA, Inc. was the President of the United States.  I was visiting him, and he was telling me that he hated the food they were serving him.  So we decided to sneak out for some Wendy’s hamburgers.  Eliot got up and led me to the door.  It was a weird dream, but I was enjoying it.

 

That’s when I woke up.  And when conscious thought overtook my dream state, I got quite sad.

 

I was sad because Eliot has been stricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and I won’t ever see him spring out of a chair in pursuit of some fun and a good meal again.  I stayed in bed for a long time this morning thinking of Eliot and all the good things we’ve done together in the four years I’ve been working here. 

 

Eliot and his business partner (and my other boss) Rob Norton are really special people.  They are a dying breed in radio; guys who own a radio station because they care about broadcasting.  They understand that it’s Show Business.  They believe in the product side of radio, as well as the sales side.

 

When I think of Eliot, I think of his sense of humor.  I think of the enormous amount of time and energy he has given to our community.  If there is something important going on in the corridor, Eliot not only knows about it, he’s probably involved. 

 

His body may be working against him at this point, but his mind is still as sharp as ever.  He still has much to contribute, and whether he’s physically in this building or not, his presence is felt.  Everyone here knows our mission, knows the way Eliot would want things done.  And the respect for him that permeates these hallways makes it easy to carry out that mission.  

 

My respect for him is enormous.  If there were more like him, the world would be a better place.  My thoughts are with him often, apparently even when I’m asleep.

 

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4 comment(s) so far...

Re: Waking Up Sad

This was well done.

By Mitch on   4/1/2009 3:15 PM

Re: Waking Up Sad

I love your blogs! That was absolutely my favorite.

By Loretta on   4/1/2009 3:15 PM

Re: Waking Up Sad

Many people in the Corridor and beyond respect Eliot for his vision and wisdom and his commitment. His ability to tell it like it is often leaves those outside his circle wondering and questioning. But those on the inside know Eliot simply wants everyone to reach for and achieve excellence, he wants each of us to challenge our abilities to go beyond "average" every day. As we now think about the challenges Eliot faces with ALS, it seems like a small request: reach beyond our abilities and work a little harder and selflessly to make our communities a little better.

By L Schreiber on   4/29/2009 12:40 PM

Re: Waking Up Sad

Funny - I had the same dream except on the way to Wendy's Eliot (the President) and me -- one of his lemmings -- were taken hostage by a group of enraged parental proponents of "Save Roosevelt School". It looked bad there for a while until Jack Bauer showed up and took care of the situation.....Seriously, some very thoughtful and profound words about a great human being. D

By Dave on   4/29/2009 12:40 PM

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