Two quick stories about him. The magazine helped raise some money for his Kidd’s Kids charity in 2007. To thank us, he and the entire morning show brought lunch to our office. No one worked harder than that guy. He deserved every bit of the huge success he achieved.
After reading about the magazine’s efforts to help raise money for Kidd’s Kids, an anonymous donor matched the amount, on the condition that we all go play a round of golf. Kidd had a swing that you’d call less than classically beautiful. Nonetheless, he shot a 77 at Dallas National. Very impressive. He chain-smoked the entire afternoon. When we took this photograph, though, he made sure that he wasn’t snapped with a cigarette in his hand, and he asked that I not mention his smoking when I posted an item about our round of golf. “Too many kids listen to the show,” he said. “I don’t want to set a bad example.”
D Magazine published a profile of Kidd in 2001 titled “Captain Carpool.” Next week, and later, when school starts up again, countless people are going to climb into their cars, stare at that thing with two knobs on the dashboard, and not know what to do with it.