Fred holding the radio transmitter which he used to coordinate daily coverage

Rest in Peace Fred Bauman

It was late summer ’87, I walked into Fred’s little office (which many ahem… used to smoke) to tell him I had to leave because my practical training time on my student F-1 visa was up

The former owner of the Press-Enterprise Tim Hays stopped by to congratulate Fred Bauman on his retirement.

Fred asked if I wanted to stay on. I said, of course. I had a such a fun summer (hot as it was) but I really couldn’t unless I changed my visa status. 

So Fred asked if I was a member of the Publishing Employees Credit Union. I said no that I was living from paycheck-to-paycheck. He fished out a Ulysses Grant note and told me to go see Carlos Vasconcelos (sp?) at the credit union and bring back paperwork for a personal loan. 

I made some calls to see what it would cost to hire an immigration lawyer–$8K. Gulp…

Fred co-signed that loan without hesitation or question. The paperwork for that change of visa status stated (I’m paraphrasing here…) that the paper couldn’t find anyone as qualified. ( We all know photographers are a dime a dozen, even back in those days) Fred signed that paperwork.

Over the years when we would catch up. I’d ask him why he wasn’t worried about me skipping out on that loan. He’d just laugh. 

Fred, I’m so thankful and I wouldn’t be here in this country without your help. LOVE YOU. Rest in Peace Fred. 

I would have loved to tell this tale at a roast rather than posthumously like this, dear Fred. David Bauman, I’m going to miss him.

2 thoughts on “Rest in Peace Fred Bauman”

  1. Hi Katie,
    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice comment about Fred. He changed the course of my life. I’ve always heard of guardian angels as a kid but until I met Fred, I thought of them as fiction. See the picture he took of Riverside’s most famous landmark of the Mission Inn. He even signed it for me.

  2. What an incredible man. A true testimony to taking the time to see the value we bring to each other, believing in people and being a great human. Cheers to a life well lived and the legacy he leaves with you and those like you he truly touched.

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