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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Updated Jun 19, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Kirk Gibson's son went through graduation without his Dad and I can relate

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, left, pulls the starting pitcher Ian Kennedy during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

While I can't claim to understand Kirk Gibson's relationship with his son, or his own upbringing, I can understand the sentiment.

I grew up in Tucson with my Dad, who was decidedly absent at many of my life milestones.

My vague memories of high school graduation were of attending alone, picking up my diploma and going home. That's it, the whole thing took less than an hour.

While others posed for pictures amongst throngs of friends and family, made plans for a celebratory dinner and otherwise lived it up, graduation was no big deal at my house.

I WAS expected to graduate; in fact I was never aware there was another option. That attitude towards life milestones carried over to birthdays, holidays and other events my friends seemed to be celebrating on a regular basis.

It should come as no surprise that the example set for me by my Dad influences my views on these "milestones" today and while I have no problem with Mr. Gibson's choices, I wonder if he knows how it will affect his son later in life.

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About the Author


I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass up… so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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