Walt's friends are a diverse group: from a lion to famous authors, Walt grilled them all and won their hearts in the process.
One of these folks is Senator Claire McCaskill, who recorded a special thank you message for Walt to congratulate him on his retirement and the years of service he provided to Kansas City:
Walt Bodine is Kansas City. He is the essence of Kansas City. What a wonderful, wonderful intellect, who remained opened to every point of view. And besides that, the guy loved chili. This is Claire McCaskill congratulating Walt Bodine on an amazing career.