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*********************************** SP101......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS BOB FICK - Stating findings of the Legislature and commending Bob Fick upon leaving the Associated Press. 03/30 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing Rpt prt - to 10th Ord 03/31 10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - Davis Title apvd - Filed in Office of the Secretary of Senate
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005 IN THE SENATE SENATE PROCLAMATION NO. 101 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 A PROCLAMATION 2 COMMENDING BOB FICK UPON LEAVING THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. 3 We, the members of the Senate of the State of Idaho assembled in the First 4 Regular Session of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, do hereby proclaim: 5 WHEREAS, Bob Fick was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, and is a St. Louis 6 Cardinals and Missouri Tigers fan through and through; and 7 WHEREAS, Bob Fick graduated from the University of Missouri in 1970 and 8 then went to work for The Journal in Flint, Michigan, until the end of 1972, 9 during which time he took a thirteen month all expenses paid vacation to 10 lounge in that exotic vacation spot South Vietnam; and 11 WHEREAS, Mr. Fick started for the Associated Press in St. Louis on Decem- 12 ber 26, 1972, the day Harry Truman died in Kansas City, and moved to cover the 13 Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City in March, 1974; and 14 WHEREAS, Mr. Fick moved to Washington D.C. in 1979 to cover Congress and 15 then moved to Boise in 1983, the Mount Borah earthquake occurring about ten 16 days earlier, a harbinger of things to come; and 17 WHEREAS, Bob Fick came to Idaho on city election day in November, 1983, 18 and began covering the Idaho Senate the next year and initiated the ugly tie 19 tradition in 1985, not that it ever worked that well; and 20 WHEREAS, when Bob started, the Associated Press office was on the fourth 21 floor, where the House Chairmen's Suite is currently located, and in 1985 the 22 Associated Press was moved to the basement where Bob was without daylight from 23 then on; and 24 WHEREAS, during his twenty-one years covering the Legislature, Bob saw 25 right to work, Symms beat Evans, Andrus beat Leroy, the start of the nuclear 26 waste battle in October, 1988, the Continental Airlines crash, the 1990 abor- 27 tion battle, the momentary rise of the Democrats, Ruby Ridge, the return of 28 Republicans with Phil Batt, the nuclear waste deal, property taxes, forest 29 fires, tax increases and tax cuts; and 30 WHEREAS, Mr. Fick quite sickly thought this was entertaining. 31 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by the members of the Senate assembled in 32 the First Regular Session of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, that we wish 33 to honor and commend Bob Fick on his leaving the Associated Press as a fair 34 and honest reporter, a fellow with a good sense of humor, a person of great 35 intellect in budget and tax issues, and someone that the Associated Press will 36 be hard "pressed" to replace. 37 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we would state that the Associated Press' loss 38 is the State of Idaho's gain as Mr. Fick is now an employee of the Department 39 of Commerce and Labor.