Interviewer: So just tell me first how you met Bob.

Paul Blume: Well, I met Bob in grammar school. We were both in the same grade and grammar school. And we knew each other, but of course, in grammar school, you don't get to know the person very well until a seven or eighth grade and we got to know each other better then. And then we went to the same high school together. Only four of us from that grammar school went to the high school. So. And we had a commute down in the near near the loop in Chicago. So we used to ride the red rocket, which was a streetcar down to St. Ignatius High School.

Interviewer: What was Bob like in high school?

Paul Blume: He was he was very talented, have he. They had a high school band in the parish. An inch in Chicago and Oak Park. And he played the drums there. And then he got to active in the Harlequins, which was the theater acting class in, say, Ignatius. And when it was in a couple of plays there. And he also won the Yelich. Well, he came in second. And the elocution contest, based on the fact that he was a great mimic. He could not, for example, when it was one of the funniest ones was Boris Karloff bowling. Watch this one. And he would he would just use a great Melik. And that's how he got came in second to the in the elocution contest of Ignatius.

Interviewer: And where did he come up with all these routines he would do?

Paul Blume: Well, he was he was an avid comedian listener that ran a radio and radio time. This was in the 30s and 40s. And television was not come. And he and his his younger sister used to listen to all of the comedians all the time. And he just loved. So that that type of business and that that started him off, I think.

Paul Blume: And he he he was a very talented guy. He was a good artist. He was a great musician on the drums. And he was a great actor, you know.

Interviewer: Was he writing these?

Paul Blume: Yes, he he wrote a lot of.

Interviewer: OK. Do you want to take a sip of water? You were just going to say that was it. He wrote those materials.

Paul Blume: Oh, yeah. He wrote a lot of his twelve, for example, for the Elek, the elocution contest. He wrote all of those little quips and imitations. I'll say that were those were all of his. And he you know, he just was. He'd joke all the time publicly. He was he was kind of quiet normally. And, you know, we'd go on right down the street, cars, everything would discuss power. Primarily our homework. But general topics. But he was a quiet guy at that time. But when he got on the stage, he just exploded.

Interviewer: What was he, a class clown?

Paul Blume: Not really. As I said, he had comedic comic work was done on the stage, really, for the most part. He was a good jokester, but not to. Not all the time. I mean, he was he was quiet.

Interviewer: Tell me where you both grew up and what his family life was like.

Paul Blume: Well, he he had Bob, he had three sisters and they lived in a small apartment just over the border from Oak Park in Chicago. And we went the school that we went to was. We've got students both from that part of Chicago and and from Oak Park. And he. You know, as I said, we didn't get to know each other very well until two high school, and then we got to know each other much better because we I went to work. I had to go to work in my sophomore year. And we went I went downtown to work at an insurance company. And when he found out that I was working there, he said, can I get a job because I need a job. So I got him a job at the insurance company. And so we go down to work every day after school on the red rocket, and then they come home after three hours of work. And so we really got to know each other and talked about everything. On the way down and on the way back from the loop, and we came much closer with that operation, we would have to come in and go in on some Saturdays to open the mail. And then we go down for breakfast and we'd talk about things we did to that, you know, on Friday night. And, of course, we lived close to each other and we used to hang out at this what they call a little white cottage, which was a little framed building that made ice cream cones in the middle between two great big signboards on Madison Street, which is a major thoroughfare in Chicago. And all of all, the boys who were, you know, in high school would hang out there. And if you ever look we're looking for Bob, you'd usually be there sitting on a Coke by box. And if you didn't see him there, then you'd go over the bowling alley because Bob became an avid bowler. And if he wasn't spotting pins, he'd be bowling or he be watching people bowl. And he became a very good bowler.

Interviewer: And then what did did he talk about at that time what he wanted to do with his life?

Paul Blume: We did to a certain extent. But I guess we were very practical because we felt that we we better go into business. So that's why we went into the business school at Loyola University. And here again, we we continued working at the insurance company because we we needed the money to get through college and we would go to the lowest towers pirate of Loyola, which was the near north side on just off of Michigan Avenue. And then we'd walk down Michigan Avenue all the way into the business area of Chicago every day to go to work at the insurance company. Yes.

Interviewer: You said you saw his sense of humor, though, even at the insurance.

Paul Blume: Oh, yes, because he started writing a little weekly newspaper comments and criticisms of the management ofthe insurance company. And he'd be distributed to all of the employees and they really got a vote out of it. And one of the bosses call us and I said, Do you know anything about this newspaper this morning? So I called it all. Oh, no, no. I think they were trying to find out who was criticizing the management, but they never did find out. The the employees themselves refused. So it was a was a very newspaper of satire on the management and that show that showed his writing talent to.

Interviewer: OK, so. I really need. So if you could repeat the last part, you said that Newsletter's showed his writing talents as well.

Paul Blume: Yes. Yes. Just as it was a newspaper, a satire about the health of management. And it was written very well. People people only in the insurance company really enjoyed it every week. They were disappointed when. When I think after we graduated from from college, we were both drafted. So then we had to leave their insurance after after graduation because three months later, we were both in the army. But.

Interviewer: Do you remember any of the things that it said in the news letter, the types of things?

Paul Blume: Oh, no. It's been a long time. I really. I really don't recall. I'm I'm sorry. It's fine.

Interviewer: Let's see.

Paul Blume: Oh, there's there's one story about the insurance company, too, that it was funny at this that the manager of the insurance company was retiring. So they had a big party for all the employees in the office to celebrate his retirement. And, of course, the liquor flowed. And, of course, Bob and I were under age. But that did make a difference. Everybody was drinking and. Well, Bob and I both got a little.

Interviewer: Just another sip of water. So I'm sorry.

Paul Blume: So we both got a little inebriated effect. We can't we we work the next day and we didn't even remember what how we got home. We weren't I don't think we were used to drinking yet, even at that age. So that was it was an experience. Let's put it that way.

Interviewer: Do you think that that experience was something that gave him the idea for the routine?

Paul Blume: Oh, yes, very definitely. It was it was it was very similar to what happened that day at the office. In fact, that that routine was similar because he was he was talking about some of the people that we used to talk about at the office and very similar personalities that he used in that. Skip of a retirement party.

Interviewer: Was if I could ask you just to say that again. That that experience led to his writing the right parties.

Paul Blume: Right. That that experience led to his writing the retirement, what you call it, a story. And it was it was it was funny. It was that. And in the end, then his his story ever was funny. It was really a very comical.

Interviewer: It didn't seem like in those days when he was working these different jobs and in school, was he always looking for things that could be that he could turn into comedy routines?

Paul Blume: Yes. He eat. You tell me. I can't remember the details, quite frankly. But he did tell some stories about working at the Florsheim shooting company, and he had no other other places where he worked during that time, just after after college in the Army. It was it was interesting experiences that he talked about. And we chuckled about what he told us, the stories he had. Of course, I think they were the background for Chavez was routines. And any life experience that Bob experienced was something that seems to have gone into a lot of his work. And, of course, that's that's the. That's a good example of a good writer, that's his own experiences of using them that way. I thought.

Interviewer: Yeah, definitely what? Let's talk a little more about his family, too. And did you see. Was humor a part of his family or was he different?

Paul Blume: Oh, yes. No. He is his father was was a humorous guy. And his mother had a dry sense of humor that I think is as his older sister said, Reeg taught Bob a lot about humor. And his his older sister, Mary Jo, was one of the convent and his two younger sisters who, of course, were married. And Jenny and. And Pauline were, I know, also very, very nice, very nice girls. And but like I like grant everybody at that that time in life in the 30s. Nobody had too much money. So you had to play without money. And it was, I guess, that that helped him in his career. Just the experiences.

Interviewer: And what about his parents? Was he bothered said that he wasn't maybe particularly close with his father? What was the relationship like there?

Paul Blume: Yeah. I, I think I think that's that's correct. His father was it was not at home a lot. And I think Bob resented that as his mother had to handle everything in the house. And I think and Bob loved his mother is very close to his mother.

Interviewer: And where was he and the kids?

Paul Blume: He was he was the second oldest. Mary Jo Ann and Bob and then Paul eight and then Jenny. Jenny was the youngest. And Jenny. And he used to listen, as I said before. Listen to the Pete, the comedians on the radio. And Bob and Ray was. Whereas favorites. I mean, I don't know whether you remember Bob and Ray, but they were very, very funny. On on the radio. And in fact, I used to listen to him religiously. And I think he got a lot of a lot of education from Bob and Ray. On Huma. He has an Jack Benny course, Bob. Bob's timing, I think, is very similar to Jack Benny, who was was a master at timing as a comedian. And Bob is that way in his routines.

Interviewer: Would he talk about that, didn't seem like he was studying them or.

Paul Blume: Oh, yes, very definitely. Very definitely. It just. He he he liked Simon didn't like others for various reasons. But as I said when he started out, I think he well, he wrote his own routines for the most part when he went to clubs and performing in front of audiences at clubs. He did all that work himself. He didn't have a writer at that time of his life.

Interviewer: So what do you think he thought he was going to be when he grew up, so to speak?

Paul Blume: Well, I was rather interesting because I remember one day we were we were sitting in a parked car waiting for another friend of ours who wanted to see his girlfriend. And we were talking about the future. And I said, you know, I was interested in being a lawyer. And I said, you know, Bob, you got a real talent. You ought to go into show business. And he said, well, you know, I thought about that. He said, it's this. I have a lot of fun doing theater work. And of course, he was a member of the Oak Park players. And as I said, he was in the Harlequin's at in high school. So he I think he enjoyed it. And he was he was he was good at it. And that's why I made the suggestion that he follow through on it. And he had. I mean, I don't know whether I influenced him, but he certainly has shown that he he could do it.

Interviewer: You were right. Did he seem to have the confidence that he was talented enough or.

Paul Blume: I don't think there's any doubt that I thought he had the talent. I think he and his talent are very broad. As I said, he was he's a great musician. He is just a good writer. And he held his home and acting. Held his own in acting. I think he was. I think if he knew, he he knew he had he had a talent. I think he and I'm so very happy that he followed through on it. He certainly has given a lot of other people joy.

Interviewer: Do you recall, his family encouraged him or not following that all.

Paul Blume: I think they did. I think they did. I think as his youngest sister, Jenny, was very, very influential in getting you going. I think, you know, they're very, very close, very close. Although here it's like I can't say he was not close to all of his sisters. I think he was they I think they really enjoyed him as he did them. They were very close.

Interviewer: What about his parents, though? Well, OK. Take another sip of water. Thank you. What about his parents, though, did they must have been hard for them maybe to watch him sort of pursue something that's so difficult?

Paul Blume: Well, you know, I, I, I lost track of his parents after, you know, Bob moved out to California. I had seen them. And I you know, we all went to the service. And after that, I didn't think I I saw them once or twice, but I really didn't see much of them after that. Before that, when we were in high school, you know, Bob and I used to get together to do our homework at night after work. A lot of occasions. And I used to go over to his house or he came into my house. And so I got to know him that way. But then after graduation from high school, college, you know, I didn't see as much of a family as I did before.

Interviewer: What do you think being from Chicago shaped, is it Bob's sense of humor at all? Yeah. Does he have a Chicago sense of humor?

Paul Blume: Oh, yeah. Well, I. I guess I'm I'm part partial partial to Chicago. I think Chicago was a town that gives you or helps your talent. And, you know, Bob had a lot of experience in working and things like that, that in Chicago and meeting a lot of people in Chicago, I think helped him a lot. And he had a lot of friends who, you know, during his time in the theaters, the amateur theaters. I think he he got a lot of got a lot of friends that people used to go out to watch him and things like that.

Interviewer: So tell about that. You both went to law school and what happened with that?

Paul Blume: Oh, yeah. Well, there there's one there's one story that's really funny about law school. We're in our first year and we had a property professor who was a very, very good teacher, very, very bright. And he came into the class one day a little late and asked a question as he was walking in. And they pointed to some one of the class and said, Now, can you give me the answer to that? And the student gave him an answer. And so the professor started it. Well, let's explore that answer. So he went through all of this routine of exploring the answer that the student, Veoh, to the question. And everybody was taking copious notes of his comments about the answer. And at the at the very end of the classes, as he as a bell rang, the person said, put your answer is wrong. And all of a sudden I turned and I see all a whole lot of paper flying into the air. And that was by tearing up his notes. I think I think from that day on that he's not going to be a lawyer. He thought he's not going to be a lawyer. And sure enough, he went into showbiz. Is that a finishing law school?

Interviewer: So tell me what. Yeah. What can you just explain that you both went to law school together. But he said he dropped out. Yeah.

Paul Blume: Well, yeah, he went into show business, I think. In fact, a friend of a friend of his. Another friend of his. Jim McGill was in PR in Chicago, New Dan Sorkin. And so he introduced Bob to Dan's market. And Bob gave him some of his routines. And so Dan Sorkin thought he was very talented and he was happy he was going to have this television show similar to the national shows, late, late night shows that, you know, like. Oh. Danny, Johnny Carson, for example. And so he started this this show and he asked Bob to sit in the audience and he'd pull them out of the audience and he could go along with his routines. So Bob invited my wife and I to come with him for the first show. And we were sitting there and all of a sudden dance hall, I was up there talking and commenting. And he said, I'd like to find somebody in the in the audience that can do something about humor or whatever. And he said, you you look like you could do something. Come on up to us on stage. So Bob went up there. You're not good. Give me some of your routines. I think you might be somebody that I could use some new wonder with good routines. And, you know, everybody laughed. And in the back seat. Well, the show only lasted three weeks. But in that in that time, Bob, we got a lot of a lot of publicity. Bert Copson at the columnist in Chicago mentioned him in his column. And I think that started him on his way. Just just that little bit of publicity helped him a lot. And after that, I think he got an Agent Tweed Hogan, who was a famous agent in Chicago. He hired him. And from then at, Hogan got him a lot of club appearances and things like that. And that that started him.

Interviewer: What did you think when you when you saw him doing that show? Do you think you realized you seemed like he was going to be successful when you saw that you remember what you were thinking when you saw him?

Paul Blume: He I think he had a lot of confidence at that time. I think that gave him a lot of confidence. It really helped him, I thought. And from then on, of course, we we enjoyed it. He was in a couple of clubs in Chicago and we go down and watch it. And he was he was he was priceless. As a matter of fact. I remember I don't remember the comedian's name, but he saw him at the Black Orchid, which was a club in Chicago at that time. And he copied some of his routines. I didn't appreciate that. Because I think he came back that the comedian came back to Chicago. And what did the black order did? The same routines that Bob did done few few months earlier. He he really didn't like that at all. But I mean, that that was the talent he had. I mean, others, you know, like those routines, even comedians did.

Interviewer: And did he have thought at one time of just writing for other comedians?

Paul Blume: You know, I don't know. He's never he never made it, never indicated it, anything like that to me. Now, it could be that he might have thought about that because because he was a good writer and he thought that maybe through that line he might be able to get become a comedian. I think he always want to be a comedian. He didn't want to just write, but he thought maybe it had to be a trail to it, to beer to be a comedian. That's right. For one. It's funny because this other friend of his, the introduction of a dance, Archon, Jim Magee, later became a writer for one of the famous television comedians. Oh, yeah, he was named. But one of the one of the early on early comedians. Boy, my memory's going.

Interviewer: What other jobs did Bob have, wasn't he? He was an accountant.

Paul Blume: Yeah, he was. He was even an accountant for a couple of companies in Chicago. I don't remember the names of him, but he worked in the county department and in both of those places. I think he got tired of accounting and business generally from his experiences as an accountant. He just. Thought that there was something better in life, so he never expressed doubts.

Interviewer: Do you think I mean, at a certain point, other people were getting real jobs, so to speak, and he was still trying to sort of find his way? Did he? Did it ever seem like he was struggling?

Paul Blume: You know, I am not. Not really. Now, he had he had a fight. I guess you call a straight man at Gallagher who they did these routines. They made a record and try to sell it to the just jockeys in the Chicago area. As far as fillers for their routines when they were on the radio. And I think he just he never lost sight of his goal. I think he he never got you know, he wasn't a quitter. And that was true in many phases of his life. I mean, as I mentioned before, he loved bowling and he became a very, very good bowler. You just concentrate. He was that type. He was he is a great golfer now. And he he and I used to play golf. And some of the, you know, public courses around the area. And he just concentrated on becoming a good golfer. He would take the L out to golf courses on the west and the west side, the western suburbs, to play golf along. He'd go out there alone to practice or to play. So he concentrated heavily on things that he wanted to do. And I think that's that was part of his ability that what helped him become a good, good comedian.

Interviewer: Tell me how you came about having that. Do you have an album of the same?

Paul Blume: I think what it is. Well, I have I have an album of of. Of of. Well, they're there meetings. Well, what would you call it?

Interviewer: Routines?

Paul Blume: Yeah. That's. Well, for questions and answers of various interesting people,.

Interviewer: Can you start over and you have an album of.

Paul Blume: Yes, of this type of these type of.

Interviewer: From the beginning.

Paul Blume: Well, let me give you example, an example of of of his talent and his ability. When I mentioned the fact that he had to hire an Agent Tweed Hogan, he asked me to look over the contract, which I did. And we were talking about the contract and he said, I just finished this record. I'd like to hear your comments on it. So I said, OK, I'll take it home. So I took it home. And it was it was a series of interviews with various people who had unique jobs. Let's put it that way. And I listened to it. And it was such a riot that I called Bob and I said this this record is really, really funny. I said, instead of a fee for looking at that tweet Hogan's contract, I'm going to keep it. And I've kept I've kept it over the years. And I still have it. And I think it's one of one of the early evidences of Bob's talent that really it really is funny. And of course, there were routines at Gallagher. His straight man was part of that record. And it is just a riot, in my opinion.

Interviewer: So what what what kind of routines do you remember any specifics?

Paul Blume: Well, there's there's one and this is this has sounded the record and sound effects. And this was an interview with a switching yard manager, the manager of a railroad shipping yard. And in the background, you could hear that the trains chugging, chug, chug, chug. And Ed Gallagher was said all of these buttons here. This must be very, very complicated, sir. And he says, well, yeah, they're they're they're complicated. But, you know, your practice for a cup about a couple of weeks and you get the routine down. And he said, oh, really? He said, well, what are you going to do with this situation that I see out this window? There are two trains approaching each other on the same track. There's gonna be a terrible crash if they don't if you don't switch one of them off that track. And he says, well, we can't do that without a jail 70 from the Home Office. And we haven't received the G.L. 70. So those trains are going to crash. He said, Mr. Witherspoon, how could you do that? You can't you cannot let those trains crash. People could. It can can hurt. And Mr. Witherspoon said well, he said what you're obviously suggesting is we get rid of the G.L. somebody and that will be utter chaos. If you did if you did that. And also your crash. That's the train to crash. That's that's what makes it helpful.

Interviewer: What do you think that shows about Bob's sense of humor?

Paul Blume: Well, it's it's a rare sense of humour, quite frankly, very rare. Something that, you know, a lot of a lot of comedians don't have. But he certainly does.

Interviewer: He does. You see, the world is chaos or something.

Paul Blume: I don't know. I, I think he elect likes to criticize certain things, and that's his way of criticizing it through through comedy. And it I think it helps. He had he had a he had another one in that same record. It was an interview with a card section coach. I don't know whether you know what a card section coach would do, but kind of sections are you you have them at football games where part of the students get together and show cards and and make a picture of something, some kind. And there's this whole interview with the coach session coach at Excellent University. And he and the questioner was asking the coach various questions about various card section coach players. And he was describing how this guy was that they'd do this routine of a picture of Abraham Lincoln in a card section. And this this man could would be in the nose and you could put him in Lincoln's ear and do a great job there and things like that. Was just absolutely right because of the takeoff on an interview with a football coach. And it's just a routine that is rare. You just don't find those that that type of talent.

Interviewer: Just tell me who who made the album and why.

Speaker Well, Bob and Bob Newhart, Ed Gallagher made it, made the routine and they use it. They want it as a product to sell to disc jockeys in the Emmy's area. And they get money for for the purchase of the record so they can play them when they didn't couldn't have any good music that they will put this this record on. And I don't know how successful it was, quite frankly. But after that, of course, Bob started on the road up. So I guess they that the record business.

Interviewer: Do you remember anything about when his when his big album came out? Were you in touch with him then?

Paul Blume: Oh, yes. Yes. In fact, I congratulated him on it because one of the routines in there was the retirement party, as I recall. And I said that that's a takeoff on on the insurance companies. And he says, you got it so that he he his experiences in life helped him to record. Things in India that were funny or that could be funny and the humor is as vile as Austin said, is very important in life.

Interviewer: So if I could just ask you say, when his album came out, you congratulated him? Oh, yes. You saved from that when his album came out.

Paul Blume: Yes, I did. I did congratulate him.

Interviewer: Did you say when the album came out?

Paul Blume: It was in the early 60s. I recall.

Interviewer: I mean, can can you can I ask you to say when the album came out. I congratulate you.

Paul Blume: Oh, yes.

Interviewer: Sorry about that.

Paul Blume: I thought the album or the other record that I have was was the last album that our last record that by whatever made. But then he came out with his own record. That was very good. And I certainly I recognize some of the stories in the record. And I called him and congratulated them. And it also mentioned the fact that that that one about the retirement party was was familiar to me and that the one of them that take it take off others on the insurance company retirement. That's right. It sure. For. So its own experience has helped him in picking up the record.

Interviewer: And tell me what his living situation was at that time.

Paul Blume: While he was still live with his family in Chicago and of course, Bob ended up in the army in San Francisco. So he loved California. And I think after taking the nightclub tours that he did, he decided to go to California and move to California. And that's where he met his wife, Jenny. And he's been there ever since, and of course, as I said, he is there. He was a he loved golf. And, of course, he could play it when he had the time in California all the time. So I think that really sold him on on staying in California.

Interviewer: Water if you dont mind.

Paul Blume: Bob and I worked together at this insurance company for eight years, and I think we became much closer friends through that. Does that make it perfect?

Interviewer: I'm just a couple of things that I've missed at the top and also that if you can also say that, that Bob and I went to law school together and then dropped out.

Paul Blume: OK. And after after we came out of the army, we both worked for a while and then I decided we both decided to go to law school and we. By. Went to Loyola Law School. And, of course, it's a tough row to hoe. It's it's a tough. Law school is not easy and leave the first year it was it was an important part of going to law school because if you didn't pass that first year, you're out. So we both passed the first year and we were very happy. But Bob call me one day and said, well, I'm not going back to law school. I'm calling it's going to be going into showbiz. And I said, well, I think you're you're right. You're doing the right thing. And that's I was very happy to hear that he was going into show business because I thought he had the talent for it.

Interviewer: So you weren't surprised?

Paul Blume: No, no, I was not surprised.

Interviewer: And how much did his life change? Do you remember when that album, the Warner Brothers big album came out? Did his life change dramatically?

Paul Blume: Well, I. Well, yes, I think I did. That was a base that gave him the time and talent to do what he wanted to do. He didn't he didn't have to worry about going on to clubs or anything like that. And I think that's how he started back into television. That really gave him the time to work on routines to get to that first television set of his television show. I thought was one of the best variety shows on television at that time. And I was absolutely amazed when CBS did not pick it up again after one year because it was just a funny show. And it was it was very surprising that they didn't, particularly when the show was up. The Emmy Award. Yes, that's. That was interesting that CBS canceled the show. It was just amazing to me. But Bob went on to other more famous shows, television shows with the one that the site where he is a psychologist. That was that was there was a great show. And it lasted for quite. I think, what, seven or eight years. And I think Bob liked television because he could be with his family. He didn't have to travel a lot. And of course, that that kept him on television for a long time. And I think the public has enjoyed his shows very much.

Interviewer: And the character on that show when he was playing the psychologist is that is that character similar to the Bob, you know?

Paul Blume: Yes. Yes, it is. Yes, it is. He had his routine. And in that in that show was very similar to what what he was like, what he was like. It. It's a chapter from his from his life. Quite frankly.

Interviewer: How how important is is a family to him?

Paul Blume: I think Bob is is very, very close to his family. I think that's probably the most important part of his life is his family. I really do. He's he's very, very close to his children. And Janet here, very close parents and.

Interviewer: Can you say how many children he has and he asks.

Paul Blume: Bob has four children, two boys and two girls and. It's interesting because he takes his children along with him when they go to, for example, Las Vegas. He has children all come with him because he doesn't want to leave one to lose leave his family behind. If he if he doesn't have to and it's a matter of fact, it's just children have to have had a lot of wonderful experiences, I think, in going with him on his trips to Las Vegas and places like that.

Interviewer: Talk about. If he's changed much over the years or if he's hasn't. Or what he's like now compared to then.

Paul Blume: I don't think he's changed that much. I really I really think he has a talent for. Being the same type of guy, he was one when I've known, you know, when we worked together all the time. I think he's. I don't think he's ever tried to be somebody else. If that's the right word at all. I know that people have called me to get his phone number. The people are norm in Chicago and they quickly call him. And he he knows who it is. You'll call him back and talk or fight. Find out what they want. Do they know? A couple of my friends wanted to talk to him about their own children. Were interested in show business, stuff like that and leave you without batting an eye will tell you to come out and look him up. A, he's that type of guy.

Interviewer: And why do you think are you surprised that he's to hold the rules? How how important is Bob to Chicago, to the city?

Paul Blume: How important is Bob?

Interviewer: Yeah, he is he considered a, you know, a big thing here for Chicago?

Paul Blume: Oh, I don't see the Bob Ababa's is certainly admired from by Chicagoans for what he has done in show business, because I think a lot of a lot of people feel that his his routines are, oh, how can I say at. Part of life. There are other realistic parts of life. And the humor that he sees in all of this is is something I think Chicagoans love about his shows.

Interviewer: Are you surprised he's he still tours and does that surprise you at all his age? People still want to see him?

Paul Blume: Well, no, if if if if his doctor said the same thing, as my doctor said, is that is don't retire, just keep on working. You live longer. And I think he's taking that to heart. I really do. I think he just I think he enjoys show business and he wants to keep. Going at it. In my opinion, that's great.

Interviewer: Thank you. Any other stories that you wanted that you remembered?

Paul Blume: I can't say for you really have.

Interviewer: I plucked them all or?

Paul Blume: I think you plucked them all.

Interviewer: OK.

Paul Blume: You know, I think that. I can't think of anything else that.

Interviewer: We'll just get, um, you can throw up take some sound of the room. Okay. Just sit for a minute. Prices track.

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