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Posted: 8:07 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Typing Through Tears 

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By Neal Boortz

(By Belinda Skelton)

It’s hard to type through the tears. The tears are mixed. Some are selfish and want to keep Neal in that studio forever and bolt the door closed. The others are tears of joy for the next chapter in Neal's life.  

I have been with Neal for eighteen years. In that time it seems he has seen me through all the milestones in my life. He was there when I met my husband, when I got married, when I had my two children (Neal was in the delivery room five minutes before my son Will was born), and when we buried our friend Royal.

I don't make a major move in my life with out running it past Neal. You see, I not only work for him, but over the years we have grown a friendship that is rare and special. People ask me all the time "what is Neal really like?" I tell them he’s exactly like what you hear. It's not an act. I love Neal with all my heart. He is the best big brother a girl could have. He can give me all the grief in the world, but if anyone else tries—look out, ‘cause here comes trouble. Neal can tell me things my husband would end up in the doghouse for. Oh, wait, that’s right . . . we don’t have a dog.

Neal seems to be my "Oh Shit" person. When anything bad happens in my life, he is the first one I call. When the tree fell on the back of my house, I called Neal. When I hit a parked car on the road, I called Neal. When something was living in my Christmas tree, I called Neal. And when my son's foot got caught in the escalator at the airport, I called Neal. Neal seems to be my common denominator.  

I owe Neal more than I could ever repay him. I truly owe my career and a large part of who I am to him. I started as his call screener, but slowly he asked me questions on the air and liked my responses and kept giving me air-time. My on-air presence grew, and the rest is history. I will never take for granted that, if it weren’t for Neal, I would not be where I am.

I know this is not the end of our relationship, but it’s the end of one of the greatest radio careers in history. There will never be someone as talented as Neal. One minute he can talk about politics, the next about Krystal cheeseburgers—and make it interesting.  Regardless of which side of the political aisle you sit on, you had to respect what Neal did. He put his heart and soul into the show. One of my proudest moments was watching Neal on stage accepting his Hall of Fame awards. I love to see people get what they deserve.

I am so privileged . . . wait, Neal hates that word . . . blessed to be a part of something so wonderful. I wish you Happy Trails, dear friend. Distance will never separate us.

Belinda

Neal Boortz

About Neal Boortz

Neal Boortz chronicles his 42 years of talk radio in his book "Maybe I Should Just Shut Up and Go Away" Available on line and printed from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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