Bob Garfield’s real name is Steve Regabuto. But he thought a Jewish name would help him go further in broadcasting. So his heroes, Bobby “The Hebrew Hammer” Halpern and actor John Garfield, combined to create The Ruggedly Jewish iconography.
Bob Garfield was a lone sane voice in the crazy ad world before he became a mordant analyst of the equally crazy media world. A very smart cookie indeed, who likes to hang around crazy people.
Bob Garfield has proven himself indispensable in the American discourse. His understanding of American media, and the manner in which he shares his insights, could constitute a field of study unto itself. He simply makes us all smarter. We are all the better for him.
Bob Garfield is proof that cynics are actually idealists saddled by tons of information. He's been diagnosing the ills of the media since it was just medium.
Bob Garfield has been my guiding light for 20 years. He's my idol.