|Bob Arnold|| ||Square Dance Caller|| |
- Robert Paul (Bob) Arnold was born in Covington, Kentucky January 17, 1931. His father Edwin was a city bus driver, his mom a homemaker. He began working at age 14, and at age 15 tried to enlist in the Army tank corp. He was accepted until they found out his real age and said so long, come back when you are of age. He had the urge to travel and years later would make his way to Southern California and become a high steel painter. In the early 50's he met a man that would alter his life forever, a legendary square dance caller named Bob Sewell. Mr. Sewell, a well known caller, would tutor Bob in the art of being a square dance caller. In 1952 he met his future wife Mary, and they became very active in the early 50's square dance culture. With his pearl button shirt, Mexican boots and black bolo tie, he set out to call his first of thousands of square dances. He called dances for the next 28 years all over the US and Canada. In Florida he once called to 200 squares on one floor. He founded many square dance clubs such as "Snoopy Squares" and "Sweet Heart Squares". He made 5 recordings over the years with several labels. Most importantly, he loved the craft and loved the people and always entertained them. As many would tell you, "to see him call a dance was like a little Elvis and a little Conway". Bob passed away in 1987 of cancer and we lost a good one, but it is not how he died that we remember but how he lived.