As Chairman of the United National Congress I would like to offer condolences on behalf of the UNC to the friends and family of the Late Holly B who passed away this morning.
Holly B – as he is popularity known – was the original host of Scouting for Talent on the state media – Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT).He was also a great lover of Parang had developed special parang shows as part of the regular programming at TTT during the Christmas season as both producer and presenter.
Holly B’s love for local culture began in his childhood days in Arima. He became involved in media and entertainment in the 1940s at the U.S. Armed Forces radio service network, WVDI. He moved to television when TTT was inaugurated in 1962 and helped develop local entertainment and cultural shows that reflected Trinidad and Tobago. Through “the eyes of the nation” Holly presented the real Trinidad and Tobago to a generation of national audiences, building bridges and creating understanding of the diversity of Trinidad and Tobago. There will always be only one Holly B.
His Scouting for Talent was perhaps one of the best nation-building cultural shows ever in Trinidad and Tobago through which many of the country’s great entertainers had their first exposure. Trinidad and Tobago owes a debt of gratitude to people like Holly B, who is considered a ground-breaker in the television industry, with shows that kept our nation together, celebrating what brought us together, not what set us apart.
May God give his family and friends the strength as well as guidance needed to cope at this time.
Holly B we salute you as a National Icon. Your legacy will live on.
David A Lee.