Local Writer, Bob Kesckemety, Hospitalized
A popular local journalist, Bob Kesckemety, living the past year with a spreading and inoperable bone cancer, was hospitalized Tuesday at Broward General Medical Center, in grave condition. He is being watched over by his close friend, and caregiver, Tim Yatteau, who describes Kesckemety "as a genuine person who was friends with everyone he came into contact with." Yatteau has also been watching over his dogs, Stippie and Sparkie.
A homeowner and resident of Poinsettia Heights, born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 23, 1951, Kesckemety recently has been convalescing at the Manor Pines in Wilton Manors, while discussing with physicians the possibility of moving into a hospice.
"It's ironic," he told SFGN on Friday, "that as a kid I worked as delivery boy at the Williams City Drug Store down the block, delivering medications to patients here in the Manor Pines Convalescent Home, and now I am a patient here myself, waiting for someone to bring me my meds."
He said that between puffs of a cigarette. "It can't hurt me now," he joked, "It can't hurt me now. And it still relaxes me."
A graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School who went to Broward Community College, Kesckemety became well known to the gay community through his entertaining column in Scoop Magazine in the 1990's, titled 'Shut Up and Focus.' Trained in audiovisual work, Kesckemety and his camera are often a fixture at community events, such as the annual World AIDS Day festivities in Wilton Manors, along with Pride fest functions.
Kesckemety was also the graphic designer and lay out artist for Scoop, long before becoming a writer and editor for other gay publications, including Buzz Magazine, the Independent and the Florida Agenda.
Many people did not know that Kesckemety, along with the profiles he did of many interesting personalities locally and nationally, most recently put together the GLCC Voice for the Pride Center. Recognizing that his time may be limited, Kesckemety recently met with Executive Director Robert Boo, in the hopes of setting up a legacy to insure that the Voice will continue to be published when he passes. "If that happens, it would be an honor for us and a tribute to him," Boo noted.
Recalling some of the more popular experiences of his life, Kesckemety reflected that he loved trips to America's national parks, citing particularly an excursion to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee as a "special one."
"I am at peace," he said. "Whatever comes, I am at peace."
As SFGN went to press, Kesckemety's condition at the hospital was serious.