When Robert “Bob” Miller began his journalism career at the Dallas Morning News, they were writing on typewriters and there was cigarette smoke in the newsroom and Harry Truman was president. Miller was assistant city editor when the JFK assassination happened, at his desk on the Sunday that Ruby shot Oswald (it was Miller’s birthday to boot). He’s said to have been the first DMN editor to OK women covering hard news, back in the day when they let pregnant women go once they started “showing.”
Yesterday afternoon, Belo bigs including Robert Decherd, Jim Moroney, Bob Mong and George Rodrigue joined scores of Miller’s current and former colleagues and friends at the TXCN studios to help the business columnist (shown in photo by Jeanne Prejean) celebrate his 60th anniversary with The News. After listening to everybody talk about him, the wise-cracking 87-year-old quoted the Big Band singer Helen O’Connell, who once said: “If I’d have known it was an era, I would have paid more attention to it.” Congrats to Miller, who’s still playing the pioneer’s role–showing all the boomers and Great Recession-era types how to work into their 80s (hey, buck up and get used to it) with integrity, enthusiasm, humor and class.