Bob Smith — A. Robert Smith — died the other day.
I didn’t know Bob well, but I liked him a lot. I met him by way of Bob Friedman, as I recall, back before Bob and I founded Hampton Roads Publishing Co. in 1989. He was a good man — honest, gentle, intelligent, humorous, knowledgeable, wise — I mean, what else do you want?
I thought I would put a link to an obit here, but I have been unable to find one. So for the moment we’ll have to let this little bit of information suffice . Bob was an award-winning journalist and was founding editor (and editor for 20 years) of Venture Inward, a magazine for members of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) , the organization founded by Virginia Beach psychic Edgar Cayce. Before that, he had been an editorial writer, and a Washington correspondent for The Oregonian. He was the author of ten books, including a biography of Wayne Morse; No Soul Left Behind; God Gave Me a Mulligan; and a novel, Ben Franklin’s Secret Love.
in searching, for the obit that i didn’t find, I came up with this story he wrote for the A.R.E. which shouldn’t be lost. Enjoy.