Bobby’s World: Happy birthday, Jeff Tirrell

  • Bobby C. Campbell Staff Illustration/Andy Castillo

Published: 8/24/2019 8:00:11 AM

Good morning and welcome to Bobby’s World. I wanted to first say ‘thank you’ to everyone who wished me ‘happy birthday’ this week. I celebrated my 53rd birthday on Tuesday night at Fenway Park with my wife, Leslie. We made another great memory together, although, unfortunately, the Red Sox lost 3 to 2. However, to have seats behind home plate was an amazing experience. One very cool thing that happened during the game was the opportunity to meet two gentlemen from Toronto, Canada who sat next to us. The father had made a bet with his son that if he lost 100 pounds, he would take his son to the United States to see five baseball games — in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York and Baltimore.

His son lost 150 pounds. We had a wonderful conversation about both of our weight loss journeys and even exchanged email addresses so we could stay in touch.

Additionally, speaking of birthdays, I wanted to share another memory.

On Aug. 20, 1966, my mother was at Greenfield’s hospital (what’s now Baystate Franklin Medical Center), in the same room with a wonderful woman named Shirley Tirrell, who was pregnant as well. That day I was born before Shirley had her son, Mark Jeffery Tirrell. If you’re a fan of WHAI, Bear Country Radio and high school sports, than you know that Mark Jeffery Tirrell is better known as Jeff Tirrell. Yes, it’s 100 percent true that I was born in the same hospital and on the same day as Jeff Tirrell. Who would have thought that Jeff and I would go to school together and play sports together (we even played on the same Little League teams). Then, years later, who would have thought that Jeff and I would work at the same radio stations together and cover the same high school sports. Jeff has been my brother for my entire life, and to share a birthday with a guy who shares a lot of the same interests as me is pretty awesome.

Happy belated 53rd birthday brother and cheers to many more years of happiness and good health.

Candidate meet and greet

On another note, to all of Greenfield’s voters, The League of Women’s Voters of Franklin County is sponsoring a candidate meet and greet on Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center on Main Street in Greenfield. The organization is non-partisan, with a mission to inform people and to give constituents the opportunity to meet the candidates of the upcoming elections for mayor, City Council and School Committee.

Another birthday has come and gone but the memories will continue until next year. Thanks for reading Bobby’s World, the weekly column about community events and my wild and crazy life.

As a local personality for radio stations WHAI 98.3, Bear Country 95.3, WHMP 99.3 and Bobby C’s DJ Service for the past 36 years, Bobby C. Campbell has been connected to the community for a very long time. If you have an event that needs promotion or an idea for a future column, e-mail him at


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