Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 23, 2013

Cheers & Jeers - Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

Bob Pulley defined ‘cool’

Garrett W. Floyd of Kokomo sends this Cheer for a dear friend:

“How does one define ‘cool’?

“One of my dear friends, Robert ‘Bob’ Pulley, passed away Feb. 17. Bob was a childhood friend of James Dean in Fairmount, where they both lived and attended school.

“My wife and I met Bob years ago when he volunteered at the Fairmount Museum. We went there because we were huge fans of James Dean. We thought he was the greatest actor ever. Of course, he became larger than life, a legend worldwide.

“As we got to know Bob Pulley, we started to think more of him than of the Dean legend. Bob was one of the nicest, most down-to-earth persons we had ever met. People came to Fairmount from all over the world (James Dean fans) and many of them landed on Bob Pulley’s doorstep, and he welcomed them with open arms.

“He never pretended he was anything more than just a guy who came from Fairmount. To the people of Fairmount, James Dean was just one of their own — a normal kid who just happened to have a great talent.

“Bob was on many newscasts and national talk shows to discuss James Dean. Bob was always humble and gracious to everyone. He was just Bob Pulley. We met others who were important in Dean’s life, and most of them were just normal, decent, home-bred Hoosiers.

“James Dean was said to be the first teenage rebel. It is said to this day he defines ‘cool’. I can tell you there has never been anyone more cool than Bob Pulley. He was real.

“I soon forgot more and more as I talked with Bob on the phone or went to visit him and his lovely wife, Shirley, that he was affiliated with the memory of James Dean. We loved Bob for just being Bob. He was an honest to goodness human being who loved his wife and family, and his town of Fairmount.

“How does one define ‘cool’? I define cool as anyone who is like my friend Bob Pulley. As I wrote in one of my poems: ‘All we are is what and who we touch.’ Thank you, Bob, for touching my life.

“May God bless him, his family, the many Dean fans he touched, and his many friends. He will be greatly missed.”

Diana Theater ‘worth the drive’

Diana Grider of Russiaville and Jane Mitchell of Kokomo send this Cheer for a local theater:

“We would like to take this opportunity to give a big Cheer to The Diana Theater in Tipton.

“We missed the showing of ‘Lincoln’ in Kokomo and found that it was on in Tipton. Having never been to the Tipton theater, we decided to take that short trek to Tipton to see it. We were very pleasantly surprised by the nostalgia of the small theater.

“It was built in 1926 and has a huge screen and comfortable seats. The cost for the 7:15 p.m. showing was just $4, and the concessions were also very reasonable. There is only one screen and there are no matinees.

“They have one showing during the weekdays and two showings on Friday through Sunday. There is ample off-street parking right next to the theater. The people working there were very friendly, and the restroom was spotless.

“You may call 765-675-4300 to see what is currently playing.

“We highly recommend this very nice theater. It’s worth the drive!”