Like it’s been the previous four years, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Bob Morgan Memorial Hall of Fame dinner ceremony on Tuesday evening at the Stables at Cannon Smoked Saloon in Gravois Mills, Mo., was an unforgettable evening filled with speeches (or lack thereof) and tributes to several people who have made their mark on the event, which celebrates 29 years this week.
Ron Hodges, John O’Neill, Bob Bull, Kevin Burns, Carrie Sixkiller, Randy Scism and Myrick Coil (from left to right) posed with the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Bob Morgan Memorial Hall of Fame plaques after the induction ceremony. Photo by Jason Johnson
With six inductees into the fifth annual Hall of Fame, including three that are no longer with us, emcee Kevin Burns of 93.5 Rocks the Lake, took to the stage to honor this year’s class beginning with the late Richie Prince of Louisiana. It was a somber opening no doubt, but between the well-stated tribute, the slideshow featuring Prince making passes along the one-mile course and Randy Scism, the owner and founder of Marine Technology Inc. in Wentzville, Mo., accepting the plaque on the Prince family’s behalf and inviting Prince’s friends in the room to join him, it was a touching moment.
“Not only was Richie an amazing member of the MTI family, he was a great guy—just an awesome person,” said Scism, who was a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class. “He would have been so honored to be a part of this group. He loved this lake and always called Lake of the Ozarks his home away from home.”
The mood changed almost immediately as one of Scism’s longest-running customers and offshore racing teammates, Bob Bull, came up to the stage following Burns’ speech and proceeded to grab his plaque and head back to his table.