It's been quite a summer for Bob and Jeannie Spettle.
The Norwalk couple were visiting New York City July 18 and got a personal invitation to watch the "LIVE with Regis and Kelly" show from the stage.
Bob and Jeannie were standing in the rain waiting for tickets. As the camera panned the street during the opening of the show, Bob Spettle was pictured standing in the rain.
"I'm getting drenched," he said.
"Hey Bob, come on in, we've got a seat for you," host Regis Philbin said.
Later this summer, Spettle received word (through the Reflector) that he had been nominated for a Relly Award, which will be presented Friday. Bob and Jeannie were invited back to New York City this week to tape portions of the show, which will be shown Friday (9 a.m. on ABC).
Spettle has been nominated in the "Favorite Real Person: Male" category.
And the nominees are:
Don the Cartwheeler.
Teddy the Kid.
Pawel the Audience Winner.
Patrick the Ice Cream Lover.
Bob the Wet Guy.
Winners receive Golden Stools and the competition is keen, as the Web site boasts 55 winners and 247 losers.
Other categories are: Best Regis; Best Wild and Wacky; Favorite Go-Go Dancer; Best Junior Achiever; Favorite Doctor; Funniest Guest; Best Non-Human Guest; Favorite Athlete; Best Host Chat; Favorite Real Person: Female; Most Touching Moment; Best Winning Reality Guest; Celebrity Hidden Talents; Best Dressed.
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The end of an era in Norwalk is near.
St. Paul's Thursday night bingo is calling it quits Sept. 27 after 31 years. The decision was made by the Norwalk Catholic School Governing Board, which said it will continue to run its Friday night bingo at the social hall.
"Dedicated volunteers have given their best efforts to make this event successful," according to a letter signed by the Rev. Frank Kehres, NCS governing board chairman Allan Lesch, NCS president Walt Klimaski and NCS business manager Chris Baker.
"However, even with this dedication, attendance continues to decline and profits have not met needed goals. In light of this fact, the NCS governing board and St. Paul Parish, which is currently licensed to operate the Thursday night bingo, have decided to discontinue running bingo on Thursday nights.
"We cannot end an era of parish history without mentioning the dedicated 31 years of service by Judy Smith, Dorothy Hokes, Marty Timman, Fred Meyer, Bev and Bill Sedlak and all of the faithful volunteers who have made this fundraiser possible. We would also like to thank all of you who have played bingo here and supported our school for many years."
Friday night bingo at St. Paul will continue, the letter said.
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I was interested in Melissa James' chamber column Monday when she talked about customer service.
I was in one of Norwalk's "big box" stores last week buying a belt for a vacuum cleaner. There was one woman in front of me checking out. As she ran her credit card through the machine, the checkout woman was text-messaging somebody. She was hitting the keys on her phone a lot faster than she was hitting the keys on the cash register. No wonder their parking lot is always empty.
I don't think you'll find that in your customer service manual.
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Here's a shout out to Norwalk High School football coach Jeff Cole and his 3-1 Truckers. It's been 30 years since they've finished with a winning record, and I covered most of those losing seasons. Former NHS assistant coach Ted Dyckman and I spent a lot of Friday nights together watching lousy football. It's time to put that nasty streak to bed.