Today is Charles "Bob" Hirsch's birthday and this photograph is from a great day at Camp Goodtimes during the summer of 2003.
I'm thinking of Bob today and remember his gentle spirit and engaging smile. We used to play basketball together a lot at camp and he always had this great smirk on his face. He especially enjoyed making me run after the basketball when it went out of bounds and rocketed down the adjacent hill all the way to the beach (the dumbest location for a b-ball court in history). I only once said, "Why don't you go get it lazybones?" Then he jokingly plaid the Cancer card and of course, what can you say to that? Nothing. At least I got a lot of exercise going up and down that hill.
|Clockwise from back left: Bob, Kitty, Ichiban (Bob's brother), Barley, Blondie, Daffy and Spring|
Bob's life today is being remembered and celebrated again as it is every year by devoted friend Barley. Barley, also known as Manny Chao, founder of the Georgetown Brewing Company and inspiration for and maker of my favorite beer- Manny's, is throwing a party again tonight in Bob's honor at the Nickerson Street Saloon in Fremont, where Bob's family, friends, and fans will sip on the special release of "Bob's Brown Ale". I think Bob would be proud. Especially since the proceeds of the event go to the Ronald McDonald House. Manny and the Georgetown Brewing Company have shown incredible support for RonDon for almost a decade now. Please check out Georgetown Brewery's website for more info.http://www.georgetownbeer.com/