Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Well actually it wasn't Black Rock, it was Black Canyon City.

And actually it wasn't Black Canyon City per se but a sort of a "suburb" known as Rock Springs.

Wednesday in Rock Springs meant lunch at the famed Rock Springs Cafe, the home of myriad pies.

My dining companions were a couple of former colleagues at The Dozen . . . KPNX-TV Channel 12 in Phoenix.

Two legends in their own minds times, Steve Torbeck and Lew Ruggiero.

I worked with Steve as a young photographer from Tucson who arrived just a tad later than I did. He eventually worked his way into doing a feature called 12 Country where he wrote, photographed, produced and voiced stories from around Arizona.

As he once described it "a poor man's Charles Kuralt".

Lew came as an assignment editor but like Steve he took to the street becoming probably the best television reporter Phoenix had and has ever seen.

They're both long retired from The Dozen, as am I.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure why they even agreed to meet me for lunch.

But the sandwiches were great, as were the pies from this House of Pies (although Steve didn't have any) and the conversation was, as always, trenchant and acerbic.

Good time with old long-time friends.


Allan Schmidt said...

Boy am I sorry I missed this lunch. Would have been great to sit with the best of the old guard. What memories!!!

Tom Cochrun said...

Gathering with old colleagues gets more precious as the years roll by.

L Lewis said...

I've always wanted to go to the pie place! What kind of pie did you have?

Kate said...

There are few things more enjoyable than spending time with old friends, and I mean "old" in the best possible way. It would have been fun eavesdropping on the conversation.

joeh said...

Good times remembering good and bad times.

Judy said...

I remember Lew. I remember those pies too.

Stephen Hayes said...

How great to catch up with old friends.

Catalyst said...

I had Tennessee Lemon. Sort of a lemon sponge pie. Not as good as SWMBO's, though.

Should Fish More said...

bruce, you're a fortunate man to have friends like that, and a past like you have, to remember in our 'golden' years.

Sharon Anck said...

It's awesome to meet up with old friends and now that I have been there, I can picture the surroundings of your lunch destination. I miss seeing Lew on the screen!

Thérèse said...

We all need these kinds of good meets to feel good about past, to put everything in perspective and to readjust to the actual crap of what is happening today in the press. Lew Ruggieri rings a bell but I thought on him on the radio, I must be mistaken...or was it in the AR? I was not much of a TV watcher.