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Bob Sells dies at 84


I've been remiss in not mentioning earlier the death today of Bob Sells. He was 84.  (His age was listed incorrectly originally as 85.)

He was a PR man's PR man, known to old timers like me particularly for the 30 years he spent as the public face of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, back in the day when we had more or less local utility companies. They were places where a phone call could be counted on to find a real person on the line and not a phone tree.

He was much more, of course, than a public relations professional. He was a founder of the local Society of Professional Journalists chapter; a volunteer in church and civic and other causes; a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. A nice guy.

The Ruebel Funeral Home obituary has all the details. I particularly like the photograph. It couldn't be more characteristic. I saw him not long ago at the funeral of a friend at his beloved Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. No longer driving, he arrived by Uber. And was proud of it.

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