National Wrestling Hall of Fame

It Could Be Worse; The Rest of the Story

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110 pages

It could be worse; the rest of the story chronicles the author’s life, including the day he was paralyzed in a football scrimmage at Rumford High School in 1976. It describes his life as a high school athlete before the accident, the accident itself, his life saving operation, and Bob’s efforts in rehab after his life had been saved. Refusing to accept the passive life of the “handicapped,” Bob forged on, earning a B.A. in Journalism at the University of Maine in 1984, moving back to Maine, and making a satisfying career for himself as a sports writer. With perceptive reflections on the influence of his supportive family, of sports (particularly wrestling) , and of demanding, caring coaches, Bob tells of his struggles, “personal adventures,” and triumphs with both modesty and a sense of humor that enlivens the text. Though Bob will not admit it, this is an inspiring story.

Respected for his professional accomplishments, as well as his personal life, Bob has received many awards, including:

1996 – State Editor of the Year, Wrestling USA Magazine

1997 – Media Award as Writer of the Year, Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association

1998 – Maine Award, Maine Field Hockey Association

2000 – Inducted into the Maine Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame as both a wrestler and a writer

2004 – Award for Special Merit by Maine Sports Hall of Fame

2009 – Inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame President’s Award

2009 – Special Recognition Ceremony by the Maine State Legislature and Governor

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