I was fortunate to know Ms. Bluford. In 1995 I was working for the Kansas City Business Journal and one day my phone rang and it was Ms. Bluford. I certainly knew of Ms. Bluford but we were not close friends. In her own direct way she asked what I knew about publishing a newspaper. I was honest and said that I had a lot to learn about the newspaper industry. She asked if I wanted to come over to the Call and she offered to educate me about the newspaper business. Over the next three years I would spend an hour or so four or five times per year sitting at Ms. Bluford’s cluttered desk. We would talk about story ideas, she would critique our paper, she would give me ideas of people in the community I needed to meet – in short, she became a mentor to me and she became my friend.
Having a library named after Ms. Bluford is a perfect tribute to this remarkable person. This library is an extension of Ms. Bluford’s life and passion for all of us who have followed and learned from her in our journey through life.