Boss Jock Bobby Tripp

After waging a valiant battle against Hodgkin’s disease, Bobby Tripp passed away on July 19, 1968.

Bobby Tripp Portrait

4 comments:

Bruce said...

As was already mentioned, I too never heard about what happened to Bobby. And you say he worked right up close to the end, wow.

Do you remember if they mentioned what happened much at all after he passed, or was it "stick to the format" with maybe just a mention during 20/20 news?

Ray Randolph said...

Frank Terry guest starred for Bobby Tripp during the final few months but it was still treated as "The Bobby Tripp Show."

KHJ handled the situation with a relatively low profile. Apparently a few announcements were made regarding his passing the day it happened.

Norm said...

I remember lying on ZUMA Beach in So. Cal listening to KHJ 20/20 News when they announced his passing.

Unknown said...

I recall the summer time when Bobby was out sick and Frank Terry would say it was the "Bobby Tripp Show" with Frank Terry sitting in. Then one day there was a solemn announcement on air that Bobby Tripp had passed. From then on the show was called the "Frank Terry Show." KHJ always honored Bobby Tripp with the public expectation he had a temporary illness and would be back. I'm sure they knew otherwise. But it was handled with class. We later read in the LA Times that Bobby had been dying for many months, knew it, and continued his show as long as he could.