He has been omnipresent at every big Connecticut news story since 1958. AP photographer Bob Child is retiring in July. Before working for the AP for 37 years, he was with the New Haven Register for 14 . In the words of colleague Pat Eaton-Robb, “He began his career in 1958 and has covered every major news event in the state since then. He’s perhaps best known for taking a golf ball off the head at the 1985 GHO on Phil Blackmar’s approach on the final hole of regulation. The ball stopped 30 feet from the cup instead of going down an embankment behind the hole. Blackmar was able to save par. Bobby received 17 stitches, then shot the playoff that Blackmar won over Jodie Mudd and Dan Pohl.
“It was always fun at news events to watch all the photographers try to figure out where to stand to get the best shot. They always ended up standing next to Bobby.”
Here’s the memo that went out to Bob’s co-workers:
“Bob joined the AP on Feb. 14, 1972, after 14 years at the New Haven Register. He covered the Black Panther trials, a fire at the Danbury federal prison, the Mianus River bridge collapse, the L’Ambiance Plaza collapse in Bridgeport, John Rowland’s resignation and countless political and state government events. He’s been a fixture at football games at Yale and UConn, Connecticut basketball games, the Big East basketball tournament, the Travelers golf tournament and the Pilot Pen tennis tournament. Major news events in Connecticut were often called ‘two-Child events’ when Bob and his twin brother, Pat, a TV photojournalist for WTNH, would attend. Bob’s lifetime commitment to journalism earned him a spot in the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007.”
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