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Friday, January 16, 2009

Bob Leitz and his 15 Minutes of Fame

Andy Warhol once said that everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. He was referring to the instant fame one may receive from the media for an unusual or noteworthy event, until another story quickly comes along to switch the spotlight to someone else. Well, that may not be true for everyone, but it certainly was for Bob Leitz back in August, 1948. He wins our Bass River Township History Blog  "15 Minutes of Fame" trophy for the following Tuckerton Beacon headline and story. See if you agree that he deserves the honor.

Tuckerton Beacon - August 19, 1948

The coveted Blog "15 Minutes of Fame" trophy.

It's a pretty amazing story, but, what's really amazing, is that Dr. Carmona, more often than not, made house calls. Try finding a doctor who would do that, today.

I'm sure that most of you who knew Bob remember him as Little Egg Harbor's mayor and the area's Pontiac dealer. His business was located at the site of the present two story Trish Hardware building in West Tuckerton, at the traffic light and across Route 9 from Rite Aid Drug Store. 

Tuckerton Beacon ad. Circa early 1950's.

If anyone out there knows someone who they believe deserves the Blog's "15 Minutes of Fame Award" for some noteworthy or unusual accomplishment, drop us an email with your nomination. We're always looking for another winner. Besides, we've got a case of these trophies that we've got to get rid of.

Pete S

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