Remembering Bob Moore (1938 - 2019)
Bob Moore (1938 - 2019), editor/photographer, Saint Louis Front Page (slfp.com), 1995 - 2020
ST. LOUIS, MO, (slfp.com), January 18, 2020 - One year ago, I lost my best friend, husband and fellow photographer. Bob Moore was a familiar face at special events, parades, festivals and news conferences in St. Louis, which he photographed for the St. Louis Front Page.
Bob was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He developed a keen interest in art and photography while in school. In the early seventies, Bob moved to St. Louis and became a staff photographer for the former major daily newspaper, The St. Louis Globe-Democrat, covering sports, community activities and major events. Readers would frequently see his photo "above the fold".
He was a fierce competitor with the photographers from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 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 venues including the Ambassador Theater, Kiel Auditorium and Opera House, Fox Theater and the 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.
In 1995, we formed the Moore Design Group and opened an office on Laclede's Landing. We also got married. While attending a photo convention in Toronto, Canada, on our honeymoon, we learned of the World Wide Web (now known as the Internet) and discovered only a handful of sites about St. Louis. Inspired to shine a bright light on St. Louis, Bob began working on a web site to feature the attractions and historical neighborhoods of the metropolitan area.
Always the pioneer, his vision was guided by strong ethics and progressive thinking. He was one of the biggest boosters of St. Louis through the St. Louis Front Page. Search engine Excite, an internet portal launched in 1995, called it "a pixel-packed web site." Bob proudly called it the most "St. Louis-friendly" web site. He was most proud of the Moore Design Group being honored as 'Neighborhood Business of the Year' for the 20th Ward in 2014.
The "Augmented Reality (AR) tool allows you to try this piece of art, featuring colorful lights at Citygarden by Bob Moore, right on the wall you plan to hang it, using the camera on your devise. To add this image to your collection, visit St. Louis Photos and Fine Art.
Today, Bob's photographic work of St. Louis can be seen in numerous corporate offices throughout the St. Louis area, including the License Collector's office at St. Louis City Hall, the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the Old Spaghetti Factory on Laclede's Landing, and in many private collections.
Thank you for letting me share his legacy. It has been an honor and a priviledge to work with Bob on the St. Louis Front Page. I am deeply grateful to the hundreds of people who have contributed to the Internet publication over the past twenty-five years. Above all, my sincere thanks to the thousands of readers who have made this adventure possible. This is the last issue of St. Louis Front Page (slfp.com).
I hope you will continue to enjoy our work in the collection of photos at St. Louis Photos and Fine Art.
Elizabeth (Betty) Moore
Artist / Photographer
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