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The Bobby Roberts Open Line

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A NEW NAME: Now it's the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History and Art .
  • A NEW NAME: Now it's the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History and Art .
Bobby Roberts
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Here's the open line, named tonight in honor of Bobby Roberts, retired head of the Central Arkansas Library System.

I do so for my tardy notice of the Library Board's decision in December to name the Arkansas Studies Institute in his honor. It's now the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History and Art.

It's fitting. The institute, the expanded library system, its architecturally significant branches and its evolution as something more than a book repository are a tribute to his vision and his political skills. (You don't think increasing tax support for the library is a product merely of a general public belief in books and aesthetics, do you?)

Anyway, Scott Carter's Little Rock Culture Vulture blog tells the story of the naming and Roberts' work

I'll add two things: 1) much as I admire Bobby and have often said so, we've parted company a time or two. But I like that he is a happy and unapologetic warrior (smiling when he knee-caps you). And 2) don't tell Jason Rapert about this.  I don't think he'd like Bobby's politics memorialized on a public structure any better than he likes the name on the airport. That would be particularly true if I had a video of the glee on Roberts' face and what he said after political sleight of hand while he was a Clinton aide put the kibosh on Family Council anti-contraception legislation in the closing minutes of a legislative session. Heh.



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