What does one say to someone who is celebrating 30 years on the job, particularly when it’s someone you’ve worked with for almost half your career?
That question occurred to me this weekend as I shopped for a gift for Fattz. How could I possibly have no idea what to get him, even though I’ve know him for 16 years?
This Sunday, we are having a big celebration to honor Fattz for his 30 years in Augusta radio and community service.
The celebration will include a concert performance by Anthony Hamilton and Frankie Beverly and Maze and more.
Of course, we’ll have proclamations and accolades and awards from many people.
But what on earth could I get Tim “Minnesota Fattz” Snell?
He has most everything. He’s one of those people who are hard to shop for. Then it hit me!
There is only one thing that he loves more than anything. Perhaps the best thing I can do for him is to thank what he loves.
Fattz grew up the product of public housing and was raised by his single grandmother, Mary Snell. Miss Mary – as we used to call her – was a very strong, loving and hardworking lady. Many of the qualities that we see in Fattz came from Miss Mary.
Mary Snell worked in the cafeteria at A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering Magnet School and for the Richmond County Board of Education for more than 30 years.
It was Miss Mary who got Fattz his first lunchbox, his first pet and his first car.
Miss Mary always took great pride in little Timmy (that’s what she called him).
She told me once at a surprise party that Fattz had thrown in her honor, “Cher, I always made sure Timmy went to school clean and pressed.”
“Yes ma’am, Miss Mary,” I said.
Fattz had shown up at the party looking particularly dapper in a black-and-white pinstriped suit and she was beaming with pride.
“Timmy always looks so nice,” she said.
I replied, “I’m sure he got his good taste from you, Miss Mary.” She smiled.
Mary Snell passed away some time ago. She was a little lady with a big heart who raised one of the great personalities of our time.
What does one say to someone who is celebrating 30 years in broadcasting and community service? It’s fitting that this celebration should also fall on Mother’s Day weekend.
Certainly congratulations are in order, but I think a huge thank you is, too. Not just to and for Fattz, but to the woman who raised him – the late Mary Snell.
To the late Miss Mary: Thank you for giving the Augusta area little Timmy (aka Minnesota Fattz). He has been a joy to many people, and we owe that to you.
Come join us for the tribute to Minnesota Fattz, this Sunday, May 13, at 6 p.m.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $67 or $57 and are available at the James Brown Arena box office or by calling (877) 4AUGTIX.