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I Remember Bob Collins

Historical Fiction



For more than a decade, Chicagoans woke up to Bob "Uncle Bobby" Collins on their radios. The WGN-AM 720 morning radio host’s tragic death in an airplane crash in February brought an outpouring of emotion and tears as Chicagoans sought to share their grief. Noted for his folksy radio personality, Collins was as genuine as he seemed on the air, and a friend to many. His charitable works, especially to the Salvation Army and WGN’s Neediest Kids Fund, were unmatched. Every morning, Uncle Bobby is truly missed in Chicago.

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As a tribute to this great man, I Remember Bob Collins is a collection of stories and tales about the legendary broadcaster from his friends, fans, fellow broadcasters, and the media. Some of the notable personalities whose memories are features in the book include Wally Phillips, Roy Leonard, former Illinois governors Jim Edgar and James R. Thompson, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Spike O’Dell, as well as many others who share their fond memories of Bob Collins.


Vicki Quade is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. A lover of the spoken word, she is also one of the playwrights and the producer in Chicago of the long-running comedy hit Late Nite Catechism.

As a child, Quade took her little black transistor radio with her everywhere and remembers falling asleep with that radio stuck to her ear, listening to AM stations in Chicago.