Recently, I lost a dear friend and mentor, Fred Bauman.
He passed away 2 weeks shy of his 95th birthday. We associate the word ‘mentor’ with someone who influence and shape lives but Fred was more than that.
I shared this on Facebook, at first on the former Press-Enterprise employees’ group and then afterwards on my personal page.
Fred was a one-of-a-kind boss. After he retired, in his 80’s he did some standup comedy. I drove him to and from the evenings he had gigs. While many (younger) comics had cheatsheets on index cards, Fred never needed them.
So why was Fred so special and dear to me?