In Memory

Robert Bost

Robert Bost

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11/06/13 10:57 AM #1    

Alan Fischer

Bob and I played a lot of baseball together and in sports you become more like brothers than just friends. I don't know if most people knew that Bob was drafted by the Cardinals because he could hit a ball out of sight. At only 6' he was the center on one great basketball team-- Romey and  Kenny W at guards, Bob at center, Bob Reece(the enforcer) and these four could play against any 5.  Does anyone remember the Crane Tech game ?  They did need a 5th guy that day and Arnie Motion sunk the winning basket and all hell broke loose.  I am sure that you are greatly missed by all that were close to you and this brother will always remember you.

11/07/13 05:45 AM #2    

Sherwin "Jay" Siegall

Forgot Bob was the center! Never will Inforget the excitement of the triple overtime win at McGaw Hall to beat Crane Tech for the trip downstate.

Was very cool knowing he was drafted. did not know it was the Cardinals.

thanks for the memories Bob and Alan for the reminder and memories of Bob!

01/17/14 09:00 PM #3    

Marty (Martin C. ) Campbell

our senior year i finally blossomed from last string to first string about the fourth or fifth game into the season.  about midway in the season, i got mononucleosis bad and missed the whole rest of it!  Bob Bost took my place as center, and he was great and only got greater—down state he was blockin shots of players near a foot taller than him.  i believe it was timing, in both sports, that gave him the edge over most everyone else.  and he could leap.  but he would always leap at exactly the right time and place, and somehow have time to maneuver and slap that ball down or put it in place.

     in the locker room, he was Dr. X, and Robert Earl Reese was the Duke (of Earl).  and they would clown up a storm when we weren't in front of anybody.  they were both hillarious, quick witted, and with amazing contageous game spirit.  And Kenny Wideman was Dose (I realize now it is probly spelled Dos) and he would just smile calmly and do his magic tricks, as if the ball were just an extension of his body, with total control, right through the crowd in the middle.  Romie Taylor (man, pardon my spelling) held everything together, with steady precision ball, man you could just count on him every time; his secret was his speed and ability to shift.  In a 50 yard sprint, i believe he was the fastest in the school, including the track team.  Arnie, yes i saw that from the bleachers, the doctor let me out to watch that game.  Jim Seward, Dick Olman, Bob Hamrin.  Okay, help me.  Kick me, who am i leavin out?  Virgil Hemphill was with us somewhere in there, i can't remember which all years.  Steve Cohlmeyer didn't play senior year, i don't think, after tearing a tendon completely up; but somehow he kept on excelling in track and soccer.  oh my gosh, what a world, it all comes back.  brought me outa shyness.

     i believe Bob Bost was principal of Haven School as recently as 2002.  i am very sad that his life was cut short.  sad for every one he touched.  we are blessed to have known him.  i would like it if some of his family were able to post in here, and possibly put a picture.  he was a man who would plain and simple do whatever he was supposed to do, but highlighted with some extra exceptional tallents, both physically and in human understanding.  rest in peace.  you gave life to life.

09/08/14 11:27 PM #4    

Karl Morthole

I first met Bob in kindergarten, when we were both going to Dewey School.  That was the only year I went to Dewey, because the next year we moved to Skokie, and I started first grade at College Hill School.  But I remembered Bob for whatever reason.  We also were teammates later on the baseball team in freshman and sophomore years, and a little while in junior year.  However, I was a marginal baseball player at best, whereas Bob was always excellent.  Freshman year I was on the "B" team bombers, whereas Bob, of course, started on the "A" team. And when we met for the first time freshman year, I introduced myself to Bob, and he said he remembered me from Dewey, which kind of surprised me and made me happy.  Sophomore year, I sat on the bench and almost never played, but Bob was a star, under coach Tosh.  Then junior year, I played only a couple weeks, and coach McGonagle (who coached both baseball and soccer) asked me if I would lead a team of soccer players to join the "ethnic" youth soccer league in Chicago, which we did and which helped our soccer team the next fall.  I always had fond memories of Dewey -- the very large kindergarten room on the south end of the school, with its windows facing south to the asphalt open play area and the tanbark swings, jungle gym, etc.  My house was on Greenwood, west of Dodge, across the old railroad tracks, and I remember all or nearly all of us kids walked to and from Dewey and home.  I walked as a five-year-old, across the tracks and Dodge and never thought anything about it.  There was another, older kid next door, a year or two ahead of me, with an older sister, and we all walked together.  Bob Bost was a bright and happy kid, and a strong young man, all the times I knew him, a real leader at ETHS, and he is missed.

09/09/14 11:00 AM #5    

Patrick Furlong

Reading these reminiscences of Bob does take me back to Dewey School days.  My family moved from Chicago to Evanston in '52, so I first attended Dewey for 1st grade and missed Karl, but I remember Bob as both a great athelete and a really nice guy.  One of our PE instructors there was Jack Tosh, who went on to greater things.  Both Bob and Ray Phillips had potential careers in professional sports--Bob in baseball and Ray in football--neither of which panned out for various reasons.  I'm sorry that neither will be there this weekend, but I hope to swap stories with others who also remember them very fondly.

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