THe Ronnie Bachman story
Ronnie Bachman was born on July 19, 1957 to Robert and Sally Bachman, an ordinary couple raising a family in the 1950’s. At the age of four, Ronnie’s parents made the decision to amputate his deformed legs in hopes of a better life for their son. At an age when other children learned to walk on their legs, Ronnie learned to walk on his hands. Soon after the amputations, Ronnie was fitted with artificial legs that he wore while at school. At the age of 18 he threw away the legs and decided to live life on his terms. Far from being depressed by this, Ronnie was delighted!Now he could move faster, climb higher. Even as a little kid in northwestern Detroit, Ronnie had “places to go and people to see.” He loved life and encountered it with joy and determination. He quickly learned how to live a “normal” life despite his circumstances and the world’s baffled stares and often cruel remarks.
Ronnie has two brothers, Bill and Bob, both born without complications. Being only 18 months younger, Ronnie’s brother Bill was more like a twin than a kid brother. When Ronnie couldn’t reach something, Bill lifted him up. When Ronnie couldn’t pedal a bike, Bill rode him on his handle bars. His mother Sally called him “the mouth” because Ronnie talked a lot. That gift of gab has carried him through life during many difficult and challenging situations. “I came from a family where there was no whining,” Ronnie laughs. “Today, everything is a pity party, but my folks were fantastic. They literally told me that this was my lot in life, that indeed it was a terrible thing, but it could be worse and to get outside and find some friends--and that’s exactly what I did. I was very blessed to have a lot of friends at a very early age.”
Ronnie went to Oakman School for the Handicapped during Elementary and Junior High School. From there he attended Cody High School in Detroit, MI. Shortly after high school, Ronnie began working at different companies such as General Motors and Burroughs Corporation. In 1979, Ronnie married and in 1980 his daughter, Alicia Marie was born. After four years of marriage, Ronnie and his wife decided to call it quits and Ronnie was faced with the challenge to win custody of his daughter. His success in the courtroom started a new chapter for Ronnie as a single Dad.
While watching his daughter blossom and grow, Ronnie tapped into his own childhood dream of working in broadcasting. In 1988 he enrolled in the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts where he learned radio and television broadcasting. Upon graduation he worked at a number of different radio stations throughout southeast Michigan. A documentary film made about Ronnie’s life was released in 1998, which got him out speaking to young people throughout Michigan. Never before did he think that he would intentionally face kids because of the taunting and teasing he experienced at the hands of other children. The larger the audience became, the bigger the impact he had on their lives. By the close of the 2017 tour, Ronnie will have reached well over 7 million people with his message of tolerance, diversity and anti-bullying.