A Bust in the Hall of Fame

Pat O’Brien is a good guy who has graciously survived some embarrassing moments. He was always an excellent guest when I booked him on KPWR and KROQ. He’s back on the air at Fox Sports Radio. I’m happy that we’ve reconnected via Facebook and Twitter. He writes about various topics including sports and entertainment but I especially like his inspirational posts, which can apply to life in general, in addition to his recovery.

In April I was using Twitter to solicit suggestions for things to see as I concluded my 50-state quest. Pat suggested I visit the South Dakota Hall of Fame. He’s in it.

South Dakota Hall of Fame - exterior South Dakota Hall of Fame - empty display case for Communications Inductees My wife and I found the Hall easily. It’s just off I-90 in Chamberlain. We signed the guest book and looked for the Arts & Entertainment inductees. In addition to Pat, the Hall has honored Tom Brokaw, Mary Hart, Bob Barker and other household names. Instead of their memorabilia, we discovered an empty display case.

South Dakota Hall of Fame - Pat O'Brien's book and Dakotans blazer The staff at the Hall was very apologetic. They had used the case for a recent art exhibit and had not yet replaced the items. Since I was an acquaintance of Pat O’Brien, they offered to go into the back and get his placard. They returned with more. Before long, I found myself holding a copy of his book, “Talkin’ Sports: A B.S.-er’s Guide,” and his Dakotans blazer. No, I didn’t try it on.

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