A Guy With Something 'Extra'
by Mike Clark
13 viewers have plenty to thank Bob Gilbert for.
home office in St. Petersburg Beach yields many mementos of a
long and prolific career in live television and film.
On one wall are photographs from his travels around the world,
while 16mm film reels from past projects are arranged on a vertical rack
facing a computer station. Bob
sat down on a Saturday afternoon to talk with BIG 13 about his life in
THE CINCINNATI KID
was the late 1930's and my older brother had developed into a fine
musician," recalls Bob. "I
decided to try and get into show business then along came World War 2.
I went into the Navy as a photographer and served on the USS Salerno Bay,
CVE-110. After the war, I went to
photography school at the University of Cincinnati, where I fell in love and
married Shirley Anne Benjamin. I
became a free-lance photographer for awhile and then we had a baby girl. Because
photography was a very low-paying job, I used the G.I. Bill to get back into
college and study broadcasting. I
then went to work for WLWT (Cincinnati) pushing props in August of 1948."