Jack Kemp, may he rest in peace. My one great "brush" with the BILLS #15 and our longtime congressman came in 1979 when I was attending the NFL Hall Of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. I had just been named the executive radio producer of the Buffalo Bills radio broadcasts which our now sister station WBEN was to begin broadcasting in the 1979 season with Van Miller and the "late-great" Stan Barron, and I was attending the Hall Of Fame Game with The Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders at the invitation of long time friend executive producer of The Raiders radio broadcasts, Ron Fell. It was a couple of hours before the start of the game and I was making my way up a staircase to the press-box at the stadium when I happened to meet up with Jack who was actually coming down the stairs. I was so astonished to see my local congressman and one of my favorite BILLS of all-time, I remember just blurting out "hi Jack I'm a constituent from Buffalo!" Jack was so kind, he stopped and talked with me for quite a while and even introduced me to his then teenage son Jeff (who of course went on to play quarterback himself in the NFL), and I just remember it was such a gracious thing for him to do to take the time out of his busy day to spend some time with me.
Thank you Jack, I know I'll miss your "class," and again may you rest in peace!