Walt Bodine was in the news media for 72 years in Kansas City and was universally beloved by his fans over the years.
Some say that he may have overstayed his tenure. Yes, when he retired at 91 he was virtually blind, had severe hearing loss and needed a wheelchair to get around.
Others felt he was a local treasure who should go out on his own terms.
And he did.
Bodine’s catchphrases — “What do you say to that?” and “Imagine that!” — served him well through his decades of TV appearances and radio shows, which featured guests and call-in segments, according to KC Star writer Edward M. Eveld in an article on his retirement.
His lengthy media career officially ended in April when he signed off from his hosting duties at KCUR and his “Walt Bodine Show.”
Since that time Bodine’s health has gradually declined. He has celebrated his 92nd Birthday on August 27 and has moved from his apartment at Oak Hall near the Plaza, and now resides at Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village, KS. According to his family he does not get out much and has some memory and speech issues, but staffers at Brighton Gardens know him from his TV and radio days and are providing wonderful care.
Anyone who would like to send him mail may do so at PO Box 14564, Lenexa, KS 66285 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. His family will read him your messages. If you would like to arrange a visit, send an email and we’ll schedule it.