Tuesday, 27 January 2015
RIP: Bob Symes
Robert Alexander Baron Schutzmann von Schutzmansdorff (6 May 1924 – 19 January 2015)
When I was younger, the idea of coverage of any of my hobbies on the TV (all three channels of it) was incredibly exciting, so (as a young railway modeller) you can imagine the unrestrained delight when the BBC dedicated an episode of Model World (in and of itself quite a surprise as a series) to the world of model trains.
It was presented by an avuncular, cheerful, intense and clearly keen chap rejoicing (at that point) in the name of Bob Symes-Shutzmann. Here was a grown-up. On TV. Enthusing about one of my hobbies. I mean, just, wow...
He also kept popping up on Tomorrow's World and other places, but to me he was always the model railway guy.