I went down to the Red Mill to wish Bob a happy 82nd birthday today.
Bob and Charlee Moore
Most folks on the West Coast, particularly bakers, are very familiar with Bob Moore and his Red Mill. For the rest of you folks: Bob's story is well worth reading in full. In short, over the last forty years Bob built a hugely successful business promoting whole grains and healthy eating. Bob's Red Mill's products are widely distributed in grocery and health food stores all over the US and Canada.
A year ago, Bob celebrated his 81st birthday century by handing ownership of his company over to the employees. This year, Bob celebrated by giving away $5 million to Oregon State University and another 1.3 million to Portland's National College of Natural Medicine to fight childhood obesity.
After a toast from a few friends and associates, Bob gave a brief thank you speech and got a laugh with his suggestion that starting the day with hot cereal was the key to his longevity and good health.
(You can find more photos of the Red Mill and of Dave's Killer Bread Bakery, which is right across the street, in this Flickr slideshow).
I spoke to Bob briefly but long enough to give him my thanks and express my appreciation for all he has done for the community, both the baking community and Oregon.
Happy Birthday, Bob! May you have many more and continue to be a role model to us all.