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The Passing of Bob McKinney

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No man is the whole of himself; his friends are the rest of him. - Harry Emerson Fosdick

I first met Bob McKinney when we found ourselves on opposite sides during Fayetteville’s Great Access War, back in 1991. I saw the world in starker, more black-and-white terms in those days.

Bob McKinney didn’t see the world the same way that I did, or the the folks that I had allied myself with. Ergo, he had no redeeming qualities to speak of.

Such are the ways of politics, be they local or national, I suppose.

Over the years since we sat together on the board of Fayetteville Open Channel, I saw that there was more to Bob McKinney than the man that my compatriots always seemed to be glaring at, near the last days of FOC.

When I later sat with Bob on the board of Community Access Television, though we often had marked differences of opinion, I knew Robert S. McKinney as a man who loved and valued public access television every bit as much as I did.

When I became director of his weekly show, Fayetteville Chronicles, I learned about a lot of the heritage of our town, as Bob went out of his way to find folks who had fascinating stories to tell about Fayetteville.

When my father died, Bob came to the funeral.

There will be a funeral for Bob at 11am this Wednesday at the First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, with visitation taking place at 10am. Bob McKinney will be buried at the Fayetteville National Cemetery at 1pm.

Speaking as someone who served with you on two boards and worked as your director, I just want to say this:

Thank you for your service, Bob.

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On the Air with The Frisco Progressives

Walter Hinojosa and Nicole Mozzoni of The Frisco Progressives will the guests on my show this week.

“Social Justice is not Socialism” is emblazoned atop the Facebook page of this group of progressives who meet once a month in Rogers, considered by many to be one of the most conservative cities in Northwest Arkansas.

Yet the very existence of The Frisco Progressives, which came about as the result of folks who wanted to make a difference, threatens to put the lie to all of that. Meeting once a month in the Rogers Public Library, they also reach out to citizens in other ways besides Facebook, including going door-to-door.

For more information about The Frisco Progressives, one can visit their Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/TheFriscoProgressives?filter=3

Show days and times:

Monday - 6pm
Wednesday - 6am/6pm
Friday - 6am/6pm

Fayetteville Public Access Television is shown on Channel 218 of the Cox Channel line-up in Fayetteville, and on Channel 99 of AT&T’s U-Verse, which reaches viewers from Bella Vista to Fort Smith.

Fayetteville Public Access TV can also be seen on line at:

http://www.livestream.com/fayettevillepublicaccesstv

Folks can also purchase copies of individual programs by calling 444-3433.

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Quote of the Day

Librarians see themselves as the guardians of the First Amendment. You got a thousand Mother Joneses at the barricades! I love the librarians, and I am grateful for them!”— Michael Moore

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