On The Beat: 11/8

Keep writing those letters now

By Jim Bucher

As the contentious election process ends, and hopefully the vile vitriol that came with it, it got me thinking: it’s time to move on.

How perfect, too, with Thanksgiving coming up. A time for family, friends, and giving thanks. A time to count your blessings.

I’m reminded of a column I wrote a few years ago based on an article from some long-gone friends, Dale Huffman and Roz Young, both columnists for the Dayton Daily News and the defunct Journal Herald.

At the time, they both lost a colleague at the paper. Although mucho appreciated while here on earth, I never got the chance to tell them just how much. You know, here one minute, gone the next.

A missed opportunity you’ll never, ever get back.

Upon hearing of the passing of said person, you think to yourself, why did I lose touch? If only I could have another minute to tell ’em how much they meant in my life.

So, the writers collaborated on “Write the Letter Now” (or in 2016, email, or yes, even a text).

After losing a few dear friends myself recently, I didn’t practice what was preached. Oh, I’m sure they both knew I loved and appreciated them immensely, but I could beat myself up for not better keeping in touch.

So, here goes…

My friends here at Dayton City Paper, Paul, Wanda, and Amanda, some big thanks and much love for allowing me a voice here every week. (And for putting up with my occasional tardiness.)

To my readers who see me out and make a point to comment on one of my columns. You guys are the best. Keeps me motivated and inspired. Love and happiness to you all.

The folks who helped me from gainful employment at WDTN to my new venture. Love, love, love you. Feel like that’s not enough.

My marketing team at the Montgomery County Fair. Thanks, John, Jim, Becky, and Lori. You guys have entrusted me with handling your advertisement buys and I’m having a ball.

And same to the gang at the American Veteran’s Heritage Center, Clifton Mill, and Bobby at Mamma DiSalvo’s. It has been a pleasure to assist with public relations and marketing. Think I found my niche, plus made lifelong friends to boot. Thanks for the opportunity.

To my production partner, Jeff Klaene. You not only shoot and edit my videos, but handle my website and a million other things. Buddy, don’t know what I’d ever do without you and don’t want to find out. Thanks and I love you!

The remaining friends who knew me at Channel 2, especially Sports Director Jack Pohl. Wow, the mischief we’d get into behind the scenes, laughing until it hurt. You are the funniest human being on the planet, and I’m happy we still get together for even more laughs.

As far as the station goes, know the ratings never showed it, but we had the best team a few years ago, bar none. You are No. 1 in my book.

Speaking of, love and appreciation to my morning show photographer Ron Hicks. He was the “guy behind the camera” during my on-air silliness, but most importantly, a friend. We need to get together more.

Kris Sproles, another photographer at Channel 2. We hit it off big time with similar family situations, kids, etc. He is me, but 20 years younger. Thanks for the laughs. Love ya, buddy.

To Lisa, Mo, and the gang at ABC 22/FOX 45, thanks and love you guys for the opportunity to be “on-air” in commercials with Buch Back on the Beat.  It’s a lot of fun. Thanks for taking a chance on me.

Robin and Robin… love you both. Nuff said.

To my friend and confidante, Ginny Strausburg, wow, I could write a whole a series of columns on our friendship. You are my mentor, psychoanalyst, texting and emailing partner, advisor, and just all around good egg. Thanks for being there in good times and bad. I heart you!

Now, that isn’t a complete list by any stretch, “My point is if you have a friend, neighbor, long lost cousin, estranged family member, brother, sister, teacher, or heck, even the mail carrier, who means the world to you now, times a wastin’ so, write the letter now!  Tell them you’re thinking about them, regardless of how long it’s been or the circumstance.

Guarantee you it’s worth it.



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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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