1923 - 2004
It is impossible to capture the full picture of the multi-faceted
Bill Randle who has just passed away.
While most of us know him from his radio work as a deejay, his other
accomplishments were much more precious to him. He was a genuine scholar.
He believed that the accumulation of knowledge and diverse experiences was
what life was all about. He was a mesmerizing teacher, a collector, a pilot,
a racecar driver, author, successful lawyer and above all a prodigious reader.
He read constantly and he read everything. He was as familiar with classic
literature as he was with the latest music-biz gossip. His mind was truly
photographic and he had the uncanny ability to recall past events
in precise, microscopic detail.
His greatest attribute, and the one I treasure the most, was his intense
loyalty to the people he cared about. In my own case, he decided independently
that I had the ability to teach; so he was relentless in pushing me to find a
teaching opportunity. I�m forever grateful that he was so persistent.
Bill�s detractors found it hard to believe that the same man who analyzed
complicated zoning cases for his clients could enjoy post-modern jazz and
polka parties with the same enthusiasm. It was his sense of adventure that led
him to pilot his helicopter to New York to catch dinner and a Broadway show
and fly back to Cleveland the same night to avoid staying in a hotel.
In summary, he was unique. It is quite possible that there will never
again be a personality as educated, as diverse and a deeply loyal as Bill Randle.
(Norman Wain as owner of WIXY created another legend in the history
of Cleveland radio - jr)