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Good "Hoot"-maritan

February 27, 2009 - Michael Palmer
I am sure Rich “Hoot” Gibson would not consider himself a "Good Sam-aritan."

To hear him tell the story, he would say there was nothing extraordinary about his decision to return a roll of money he found on the floor of the Union Local gym Thursday evening.

Warren Hood, who lost the money, however, may tell you that Hoot is one of the few people who would display such honesty.

When we returned from our rather painful sectional basketball assignment, after trying to describe what we had endured over the past 48 hours, Gibson revealed that he had discovered a roll of cash beneath the chairs at the scorers table in the gymnasium at Union Local High School. After he immediately asked all of the persons who remained in the gym about the lost bills, he deduced from the location that the cash would most likely belong to Hood.

He contacted Hood when he returned to the office and found that Warren was not aware of the loss until Gibson mentioned the missing cash. The grateful Ferry resident came to the office and reclaimed his cash, an amount that surely would have affected his week’s finances.

So, let us be honest, how many of us would have conducted ourselves in the same chivalrous manor? Really? I said, “Be honest.”

Recruited into the Times Leader sports department by the legendary Cal Pokas, Hoot is a bit of an enigma (an inscrutable or mysterious person) to the world outside of our little newsroom. I am sure area sports fans have seen him seated at a sporting event, reminiscent of the legendary Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, he has the signature-oversized glasses. If you have the chance to talk with him, you will find him to be intelligent, well mannered and quick witted with a wealth of knowledge in sports and music trivia. He has traveled extensively across Europe and been to most of the major sporting venues in the lower 48. He travels to major sporting events at his own expense to provide readers a local flavor to Super Bowls, BCS Bowls, major league baseball, etcetera.

I am sure to catch some heat from Gibson for this blog, but in this day and age it was a tale that I thought was worth telling. If you have read Brian's blog, you know he wishes Hoot would have found his wallet.


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