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STL Front Page Publisher/Editor/ Photographer Passes at 80
Bob Moore photographed, October 25, 2009, in Tower Grove Park.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), January 20, 2019 - Over the past 24 years, Bob Moore was a familiar face at special events, parades, festivals and news conferences, which he photographed for the St. Louis Front Page, a weekly internet-based publication, published by the Moore Design Group. He passed away suddenly and peacefully at home, January 14, 2019, after a long battle with dementia.
Bob was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the only son of a single mother, who worked for the City of Detroit Board of Education and Health Department. His father was a spiritual minister. As a child, he spent summers picking cotton on his grandparents farm in Rockingham, NC.
Later, he developed a keen interest in art and especially photography. When not riding his bicycle with friends, he would spend time visiting the Detroit Art Museum to explore art of the old master painters and sculptors.
Following graduation, Bob enlisted in the Air Force. He was stationed in Okinawa in the fifties, where he worked as a helicopter mechanic and base photographer.
He returned home to Detroit and became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1963, he participated in the 'Walk to Freedom' march, which became known as "the largest civil rights demonstration in the nation's history" at that time.
In the sixties, after working at the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Connecticut, he moved to St. Louis and found work at McDonell-Douglas as an aircraft mechanic. He also began working as a free-lance photographer for the St. Louis American and Urban League.
He became active in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood, where he served as president of the Skinker-DeBaliviere Community Council. Bob was also part of a group of parents who formed the Neighborhood School as an alternative to the crowded public schools.
Bob became a staff photographer for the major daily newspaper, The St. Louis Globe-Democrat in the seventies, covering sports, community activities and major events. When the unions went on strike in 1973, he rallied several Globe writers to launch Concert-News, the World of Rock Newspaper. Over the next seven years, he photographed and interviewed national and international recording stars at concerts at venues including the Ambassador Theater, Kiel Auditorium and Opera House, Fox Theater and Mississippi River Festival.
An advocate of young people learning the newspaper business, Bob coordinated several press conferences for high school students to meet groups including Jethro Tull, Judas Priest and Alice Cooper. He produced records for several young bands, including a young girls group, "The Welders." He was also a supporter of local groups like Pavlov's Dog and Mama's Pride and international recording groups such as Nektar, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.
Bob was a private, quiet, thoughtful, creative, generous man, who fought for the "little guy." In 1977, he took a large petition, put together by 10 high school students, to Black Sabbath's concert in Chicago, as their tour was not going to include St. Louis. He persuaded the promoters to add a stop in St. Louis. The "Sabbath 10", as they became known, all got 2nd row tickets and backstage passes to the sold-out show at Kiel Auditorium.
When the Globe folded in the early eighties, he opened a studio in the penthouse suite at the Shell Building and began working as a free lance photographer for clients including Anheuser Busch, Pepsi, Boatmen's Trust, BJC, SLUCare, Southwestern Bell, Fleishman-Hillard, Ford Motor Company, Pepsi, May Company and the Carpenter's Union.
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In 1995, Bob formed the Moore Design Group with his wife, Betty, a graphic designer, artist and writer. While attending a photo convention in Toronto, Canada, he discovered only a handful of sites about St. Louis. Inspired to shine a bright light on St. Louis, he returned home and began working on a web site to feature the attractions and historical neighborhoods of the metropolitan area.
On February 2, 1996, from the office on Laclede's Landing, he uploaded several pages featuring news events, a section on Forest Park and an interactive map of the downtown area and metropolitan area. A St. Louis Fine Restaurant Guide, St. Louis Hotels Guide, St. Louis Attractions Guide and Southwest Illinois News soon followed. He also designed and maintained the initial award winning web site for the Missouri History Museum, also web sites for the City of Fairview Heights, IL and the Lewis and Clark State Historical Site in Hartford, IL, the Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club, the St. Louis Boundary Commission and Advance St. Louis.
Always the pioneer, Bob's vision was guided by strong ethics and progressive thinking. He was one of the biggest boosters of St. Louis through St. Louis Front Page. Search engine Excite, an internet portal launched in 1995, called it "a pixle packed web site." Bob proudly called it the most "St. Louis-friendly" web site, with the sole purpose of disseminating news and information. He was most proud of the Moore Design Group being honored as 'Neighborhood Business of the Year' for the 20th Ward in 2014.
Today, Bob's photographic work of St. Louis attractions, historic buildings and events, is part of collections at numerous corporate offices throughout the St. Louis area, in the License Collector's office at St. Louis City Hall, the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse, the Old Spaghetti Factory on Laclede's Landing, and in many private collections.
Bob is survived by Betty Moore, his wife of 24 years; 3 sons - Wendell, Jr., Moore, Vaughn Moore and Victor Moore; 5 daughters - Antoinette Moore, Lynette Terry, Chanda Champagne, Charmyn Turnage and Charlyn Kai Moore; 1 stepson Patrick Magrath and 2 stepdaughters, Sheila Miranda and Bernadette Brown; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held Thursday, March 21 (his 81st birthday and first day of spring), at 10 a.m. at the historic Bellefontaine Cemetery, 4947 W. Florissant Ave, St. Louis, MO 63115. Inquiries can be sent to email@example.com
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