More video-John Pruitt’s Retirement Dinner

There were several people who went to the podium to praise John Pruitt during his retirement dinner.  Among them was co-anchor Monica Pearson.  You’re about to watch the end of Monica singing to John, “You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings”.  Monica then goes to embrace John and his wife, Andrea. Next is the woman that John credits with instilling in him the values that were the touchstone of his career.  It’s his 97-year-old mother, Sarah Pruitt.

Monica greets another senior member of the gathering, 88-year-old Ray Moore and Ray’s wife, Sara.   Ray hired John in 1964 at a starting pay of $1.25 and hour.  Ray joked that he was only making $1.50.  

John gets an embrace from WSB-TV vice-president and GM Bill Hoffman.    Bill and

News Director Marian Pittman teamed up to MC the event.  They had the program tightly planned, but when Bill invited anyone to come up and talk about John, it was like he opened the floodgates.  We came, we came and we came to sing his praises.

You can see that John was deeply touched.

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