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Retired Stratford cop uses The Daily Show as a learning tool

April 1, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — A retired police officer hoping to help city high school student become more socially and politically engaged took a half dozen Harding High School seniors to New York City last week to see a taping of The Daily Show with Noah Trevor.

Bobby Ramos, who spent 28 years with the Stratford police department and 18 years as a radio host, said the trip exceeded his expectations.

“I wanted them to expand (their) horizons and see possibilities for themselves,” said Ramos, adding one of the students told him she could see herself working at the studio some day.

He plans to make the same trip Wednesday with a group of students from Southern Connecticut State University.

In both cases, sponsors are covering the full cost of train fare, food and books on Trevor’s South African childhood that each participant received.

Dayna Clarke, 18, a Harding senior, called the trip truly amazing.

“I have been to New York City before but I have never had an experience like this, “ Clarke said.

She said the book opened her mind.

“I learned that you can turn any negative situation into a positive one,” Clarke said. Noah grew up in South Africa and faced apartheid. “Yet he is still smiling and now he has his own TV show.”

Kiana Johnson, also 18, called it fascinating how Noah can mix politics with comedy.

“I learned that bias is a big problem in today’s society, especially now that there is technology,” said Johnson. “We feed off of what social media projects and we run with it.”

This group is smaller than the 50 or more kids Ramos said he has taken to New York to see Broadway plays or other shows in the past.

Other trips have been closer to home. He once took 40 students to see the movie “42” on the life of Jackie Robinson after spending a couple of hours at Bridgeport’s Mis Thelma’s Restaurant talking about the baseball player who broke the color barrier.

“A motto that I follow that was instilled in me by my parents — and that was echoed by Jackie Robinson (is) — ’A life is not important except for the impact it has on others,” Ramos said.

In 2017, Ramos received the annual Let Freedom Ring awards by the state’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.