There is an internet sensation that is sweeping the relatively new social media platform, TikTok and it’s not a teenager.  It’s a 68-year-old resident of Rindge, New Hampshire and he has hundreds of thousands of followers.  According to, Bob Kelly is baffled by his popularity on the app.  He had thought about being a musician when younger and one of his friends convinced him to post some videos on TikTok. His music about the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest in the streets has gained him a huge following.


Maybe it’s his charm or the fact that it’s comforting to hear from someone who has lived and experienced unrest before.  He recalls the scare over polio when he was a kid and remembers the protests in the streets over the Vietnam war.  I think it’s his message of hope.  He tells his followers and, “Things are going to continue to get better because of you.  You’re going to change the world.  Just keep working at it.”


Kelly relates that when younger he thought of making music his career but decided a regular paycheck and food in his belly was the way to go so, he worked for the phone company and kept his music as his hobby.  His content on TikTok has been viewed more than 30 million times!  Maybe he has finally achieved his dream of making it to the big time with his messages of hope and music.


His message is so positive, I don’t care how he made it to TikTok, I’m glad someone is out there spreading positivity because we need to hear it, especially the younger generation.  I don’t recall the times before a polio vaccine, but I understand from history that when polio was raging, it was a tough time on kids.  They could not hang out or go swimming.  It is inspiring to me when people find success in their passion later in life.  It gives me hope.



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