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WRAL's Gilbert Baez honored by Bill Clinton for 1973 award

Posted September 6

WRAL's Gilbert Baez was honored Tuesday by former president Bill Clinton as the 1973 Boy of the Year - a meeting 43 years in the making.

— WRAL's Gilbert Baez was honored Tuesday by former president Bill Clinton as the 1973 Boy of the Year - a meeting 43 years in the making.

Baez was the recognized as the Boy of the Year, an award through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The recognition program celebrates the extraordinary achievements of teens at school, church, home and in the community.

When Baez won the award, he was a member of the R.W. Brown Boy's Club in Philadelphia. He traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept his prize and take a photo with then-president Richard Nixon. But, due to scheduling conflicts, Nixon was unable to take the photo.

Forty-three years, and a few presidents later, Baez was finally able to get his well-deserved picture with former president Bill Clinton while he attended a campaign event in Durham.

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