Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Goodbye to a true gentleman - Stuart Hall

There are several people who have influenced my interest in weather over the years. Two that stand out above all others were my father, who passed away 2 years ago, and WCAX-TV 3 Weather Forecaster, Stuart Hall. Hall passed away this past Sunday at the age of 90 after an exceptional life that included a long career at Channel 3 in Burlington, Vermont. Hall worked at WCAX-TV from two months after the station went on air in 1954 until his retirement in 1990.

Channel three is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vermont, available in Montreal by cable and they featured two local newscasts, one during the lunch hour, and the other at suppertime. It was the late show that would have me running to the TV set and planning my schedule around Stuart Hall's forecast. Not only did he provide his listeners with valuable information delivered in an always friendly manner, but he truly seemed to enjoy his job. It was that level of enthusiasm and expertise that drew me towards a life long interest in weather. Stuart Hall made weather "cool" long before the advent of the 24 hour weather channel and the Internet. Not only did he do so on air but also on a personal level. As a youngster, I sent him at least a half dozen letters, which he responded to each time, some handwritten and always signed by him. I still have them to this day, over 30 years after he wrote them to me, I have posted a few above.

Stuart Hall was a true gentleman and one I was so thankful to have watched through the years, and had the privilege to have communicated with. Thank You Mr. Hall, you were one of the good guys, God Bless.

“Through all kinds of weather What if the sky should fall? Just as long as we’re together, It doesn’t matter at all. When they’ve all had their quarrels and parted We’ll be the same as we started Just a-traveling along singing a song side by side.”

Photo and quote from blogs.burlingtonfreepress.com/weather
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