Early last week, word came out that Robert Moose – a regular in our old Monday Morning Tweets series – passed away unexpectedly at the age of 42.
— The Lost Ogle (@TheLostOgle) January 13, 2020
For a lot of OKC Twitter users, Robert Moose was a part of our daily lives; a Twitter version of our very own nightcrawler. He grew up as a HAM radio enthusiast, which transferred naturally to the rapidfire transmissions of tweets documenting police scanner traffic.
There were plenty of eulogies for Robert on the site for him, and even The Oklahoman put up a piece, but amongst the most personal I saw was from TLO favorite Mike Morgan:
Robert Moose. This young man of just 42 years passed away Saturday night. Behind the scenes, no one in world was more dedicated when severe weather threatened. Not hyperbole, No one. Way before Twitter, right back to May 3rd folks, and uncounted days till now. God rest his soul. pic.twitter.com/oUFNbATwg6
— Mike Morgan (@MikeMorganKFOR) January 14, 2020
Anytime I heard sirens in my neighborhood, experienced a major power outage, or was just curious about what was afoot at the 7-11 on 23rd and Penn, I could check Robert’s feed and maybe get an idea of what was going on in the community. He was always tuned into local police radio scanners and would tweet out what he had heard, keeping the entire metro informed on an emerging situation long before we’d see an official report on the nightly local news.
We never met in person, but would interact on the website, and Robert always came across as a genuine, friendly, funny person, which is more than 90% of that trashfire troll-ridden website can claim. When I was running our Monday Morning Tweets, I kept a spot reserved for his most interesting tweet of the weekend, and most of the time, his would be the best part of the whole article. In honor of Robert Moose, I’ve picked out 10 of my favorites that made the MMT cut. Feel free to share any of your favorite memories or tweets in the comment section.
Just witnessed an inebriated man ranting at a convenience store, about how being unable to buy beer is un-american.
— Robert Moose (@RobertMoose) September 30, 2018
Heard on the scanner: "There's no gunshots, no kids, just a state fair worker that's methed out of his mind."
— Robert Moose (@RobertMoose) September 17, 2018
Someone's neighbor that lives above just came by, asked a woman if they dropped a bag of weed on her patio.
— Robert Moose (@RobertMoose) July 23, 2018
Man and woman are fighting in the parking lot of Church's Chicken on NW 23rd. There are several nearby restaurants that are much nicer.
— Robert Moose (@RobertMoose) August 12, 2018
Woman was unsuccessful in obtaining a refund from Del Rancho. Of course, she called police.
— Robert Moose (@RobertMoose) August 18, 2018
Drunk man that has consumed ~12 beers is attempting to leave a Mexican restaurant in Choctaw.
— Robert Moose (@RobertMoose) May 5, 2018
Man in South OKC wearing a superman hoodie is attempting to break into an apartment, through a window.
— Robert Moose (@RobertMoose) April 1, 2018
Man is allegedly doing wheelies on a motorcycle in front of a SW OKC hospital…
— Robert Moose (@RobertMoose) September 6, 2017
Multiple dumpsters are on fire somewhere in Bethany…
— Robert Moose (@RobertMoose) May 29, 2017
Heard on the scanner: "someone's locked in the party bus"
— Robert Moose (@RobertMoose) April 30, 2017
Goodbye Robert, thanks for making our lives even just a little bit better. Twitter ain’t the same without you. I hope there’s a 7-11 and a carwash wherever you are.
For anybody interested, Ponyboy is hosting a meet-up Tuesday, January 28th at 5pm to remember Robert. It will also be a good way to actually meet all of your other online friends and put some faces to their avi’s.