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Updated Dec 28, 2012 - 9:47 am

Prescott ready for New Year's Eve Boot Drop

PRESCOTT -- You could get a real kick out of being in Prescott this New Year's Eve.

That's because the town will be welcoming in 2013 with its second annual Boot Drop. It's a lighted boot that will drop from atop one of Whiskey Row's saloons.

"One of the historic ones here is the Palace Restaurant and Saloon," Robert Coombs of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce said. "It has the big wooden swinging doors. The boot will drop from their flagpole up at the top."

Coombs said the boot will drop twice on New Year's Eve.

"There'll be the boot drop at 10 p.m., for people who don't want to stay up late," said Coombs. "Then, there'll be one at midnight, which will be followed by fireworks."

Coombs said that a fire that destroyed the nearby Bird Cage Saloon in May will have no effect on this year's celebration.

"The fire was just one building which housed three different individual buildings, and that's being restored even as we speak," said Coombs. "Only a very, very small part of Whiskey Row was affected by that fire."

There is no admission charge for Monday night's celebration. It gets underway at 8 p.m., and includes booths and live entertainment.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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