Baseball Tacoma Inc. - 2006 Dill Howell Award

Robert Kelly

In 1980, Robert began a second career in broadcasting, when moving from Sacramento to Tacoma to begin building KCPQ-TV, Channel 13, into a quality station serving Puget Sound.

In his office on the wall above his desk, Robert hung a framed photograph of one of his childhood sports heroes, baseball legend Satchel Paige. Under a picture of Paige throwing the ball were listed six quotations, which Robert labeled "Satchel's Master Maxims."

Everyone entering Robert's office could read and ponder the following:
  1. Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.
  2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
  3. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
  4. Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain't restful.
  5. Avoid running at all times.
  6. Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.

For 17 years, Robert used this advice to help train and guide the young, green staff as together they transformed an archaic, dilapidated television station into the first all digital broadcasting facility in the world. When the new Q-13 moved from Clover Park Vocational Tech in Tacoma to Lake Union in Seattle, one employee lounge was named the Satchel Paige Room in honor of the station's patron saint.

Robert himself has been inspired by Satchel's sage advice especially to not live in the past, dwelling on mistakes or glory, but to keep one's eyes on the present. If he were able to attend this Baseball Old-Timers Banquet, Robert would quote once again his favorite maxim, "Don't look back...Something might be gaining on you."