Photo by CE Ayr. Thanks, CE.
An anecdote from days of my working in the news biz. Originally published August 27, 2016. Please enjoy!
The police report came through to the news assignment desk at WMXT.
“Mike Bradley, 38, found dead in Lake Quivira due to boating accident.”
The news sent producer Amy and associate producer Angie, into a stunned silence. Mike Bradley was their Assignment Editor! And he had a boat at Lake Quivira!
“Angie, you don’t suppose …”
“Lemme get this. I’ll call the house. ”
Angie dialed the phone. Mike Bradley’s voice answered. “This is Mike.”
Angie sighed. “Oh, Mike! I’m SO happy to hear your voice!”
Mike chuckled, “I’m so happy that you thought of me as still being 38 years old!”
Dear Cuzzin Kent,
I imagine there are a few Mike Bradley’s out there. 😉 Fun stuff.
It was pretty funny when we heard it. Kind of scary at first, though.
Reminds me of beating up the kid who bullied me in the playground decades ago, and then stopping when I realised he probably wasn’t eight anymore either
That’s a hoot, Neil! Thanks for reading. Heading to yours now.
i wouldn’t mind being seen as 38 these days either. Great story.
Thanks, Rowena. I remember being a spring chicken of that age. 😉
Ha, that was a relief, well, not to the other Mike Bradley of course, but still…! 🙂
Haha! Yeah, it actually happened on the job. The Mike Bradley of the story had a really dry sense of humor.
Great tale, Kent.
5 out of 5 orphan Bradleys!
Thanks, CE. You had a better response than I would have had. 😀
Haha! It’s a good thing Mike has a sense of humor.
He sure did. I don’t know what the real one is doing now. He retired serval years ago.
Very entertaining story.
Thank-you very much, 🙂
It’s all in the details.
Yup. This actually happened and I heard about it the next day.
Oh, no worries, it wasn’t OUR guy.
People never age, unless we see them… Great punch to the story.
The real guy didn’t look thirty-eight, although, he did look pretty young for his age at the time.
You made me grin. I don’t remember this one, but it’s a keeper.
Why thank-you, Sandra! Yeah, it’s not all that memorable even to me, really, but it was something topmost. I have found a bunch of stories I really forgot about.
That’s brilliant and all the more amusing for being based on fact!
You know, Keith, it’s true — sometimes you can’t make this stuff up! I’m hoping to find more stories this way. Thanks for reading and the vote of confidence.
What a great story 🙂
Thanks, Linda. True-to-life.
oh, what a relief indeed. it happens. 🙂
Yes, it has been known to happen more than I care to know.
Ha! This is fun. You must have many stories from those days.
I got a few, Alicia. Some of them have been published already. Just waiting for the right prompt to show them again. Of course, I’m also trying to create new stories and I have one, but not yet ready to publish. It’ll depend on the prompt. I ran out of imagination so, I’m “re-purposing” old content. For now. 🙂
Oy, the stress! Then again, there is probably someone out there who knows a 38 y old Mike … and who would not hear that Mike picking up the phone … For every ‘whew’ there’s an ‘oh-no!’ … Well done.
Thanks, Na’ama. It kind of goes without saying, you know?
Ha, yes. Nice little anecdote.
It’s amazing how life can play out sometimes, you know?