[Publisher's Note: The last Marshall Jamison poem we published here in Boles Blogs was -- Paul's Wife -- on June 15, 2000. Marshall died September 2, 2003 at the age of 85. We still massively miss him. Boles Blogs author Steve Gaines -- who worked with Marshall in educational television in Nebraska -- recently found the following poem Marshall wrote to celebrate Steve's retirement from the network. Steve was kind enough to email us Marshall's original, handwritten, poem -- which we are overjoyed to present to you today: The first new Marshall Jamison poem published here in 13 years; and a decade after his death.]
“Alert to All Stations From U.S. Marshall, Florida”
The report that the notorious I.G. Gains has
left Florida for Nebraska is not, we repeat,
not true! Ill Gotten Gains is a stranger to
Nebraska! This is a brief tale of Steve Gaines,
our longtime friend.
Alas, it’s sadly true, no argument, there’s
nothing at all to gainsay!
Our talented golden voiced, Steve Gaines
is on his way to going and staying away.
Secure, steady and always ready to lend a hand
where and when broadcast knowledge is needed
and in demand.
We’ll miss Steve’s authority in gentle voice
and wise advice
(My wife says ‘he’s very nice’)
And how much he cares counts with us
who share his dedication to the
network and the station.
He’s raised his voice for over a score
of happy, joyous years and more.
His glorious tones and intelligence keen
have added distinction, whether seen or
unseen, on the Nebraska television scene.
Farewell, sweet prince!