Let’s give a shout out to a guy who sometimes had a thankless job, but always did it with class, grace, and a great sense of humor!

Yesterday, when Governor Janet Mills announced that Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, had been appointed Principal Deputy Director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it made me a little sad, so I thought this would be the perfect time to show him a little love and appreciation for the amazing work he did here in the State of Maine.

There were some dark days during the COVID-19 pandemic, but through it all, Dr. Shah was a bright light of hope for all of us. Best of all, he had such a winning personality, so it is amazing that he has been promoted to continue his work for our country.

Even if you are an Anti-Vaxxer, you have to love the guy!

Here are some of our favorite Dr. Shah moments over the last few years:

He made an in person appearance on "The Nite Show With Danny Cashman" at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University, in Bangor. He chatted with Dan about his idea to get together with his family members and open a string of grocery stores called "Shah's."...get it? So The Nite Show put together a fake, animated sitcom. And as you would expect, there is a Diet Coke reference thrown in for good measure. You will also notice that the theme song resembles a famous TV tune from the place where 'Everybody Knows Your Name"

Dr. Shah never shied away from sharing vital information over social media, as well as a few laughs when the time is right. Who could forget quoting Prince lyrics, or when he made reference to Dr. Leo Spaceman, a recurring character on the NBC hit comedy "30 Rock."

The Z Morning Show was lucky enough to get an early Christmas present a few years back, when the good doctor called into the show to talk about the 'Keep It Maine' initiative, his love of Diet Coke, and he gets get Rick Rolled by his own Rick Roll.

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