By Michael J. Whelan
Almost seven years ago, May of 2007, I was interviewed by Beth Whisman for a spot as a Forum commentator. I was impressed with her intensity, enthusiasm, and her sense of humor. Most of all, I was impressed with her as an excellent judge of character, because she gave me the OK to do these Forums. Just kidding Beth.
Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered anyone in the business world who seemed to love her job more than Beth. This came across to everyone who ever listened to her show. She didn’t just show up for work, put in her time and went home. She came on the air every day with the same high level of energy and preparedness, a mark of a true professional. Her depth and breadth of knowledge on a wide variety of topics, both current and historical, always amazed me. Her dogged determination to get to the truth of a matter she was talking about on the air was a joy to listen to, especially if she was interviewing someone who was less than forthcoming in answering her questions.
During the trial of our most recently imprisoned ex-governor, Jim Fitzpatrick came up with the “Summer of Rod” idea, and Beth invited me to come on the air live with her once a week or so to explain what was going on in the criminal trial. She also came up with the program’s title, “Whelan On The Law”. But she saved the best for the first time we did the show. She introduced it with the theme song from the old tv show from the eighties, “L.A. Law”. I can honestly say I’ve never had more fun in my life than when we did that show. I only wish all of you in the listening audience could have had the pleasure of sitting across the broadcast console from Beth just once in your life. To see her run her program from that vantage point was truly a pleasure, one I will always remember and treasure.
So thank you Beth, for the experience and our friendship. You are truly a class act. The airwaves aren’t going to be the same without you. And neither will be The McLean County Museum Of History once you get there.
All the best to you.
Michael J. Whelan has been a licensed practicing attorney for over 33 years. He also serves as an arbitrator in the 11th Judicial Circuit Mandatory Arbitration program. In addition, he is presently the president of the board of directors of his homeowners association, and is also a member of the board of directors of The Old House Society. He and his wife of thirty-one plus years, Cheryl Whelan, live in Bloomington. He and Cheryl enjoy exercising, reading, and being close to family and friends.
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