There is a new category on this blog titled:
Things you may not know
The first entry in this category is about weathercaster John Coleman who went on to create the Weather Channel.
I first saw John Coleman on Omaha’s KETV Chanell 7 where he was a weathercaster in the 1960‘s. We lived in Lincoln, Nebraska at that time.
Coleman’s amusing and irreverent weathercasting style was head and shoulders above Bill Talbot’s juvenile “weather in motion” on KMTV.
One day on the set at KETV John Coleman ran headlong into Rose Blumkin, owner of Nebraska Furniture Mart.
Blumkin, known as Mrs. B, was in the station doing one of her own live commercials for her furniture store.
When she was in the middle of reading one of her commercials John Coleman walked up to her and kissed her cheek and then abruptly left.
To Blumkins credit she hardly batted an eyelash as she kept right on with the commercial.
Rose Blumkin eventually sold Nebraska Furniture Mart to Berkshire Hathaway in a handshake deal with Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett for a reported 60 million dollars.
Mrs. Blumkin died in 1998 at the age of 104.
John Coleman moved from Omaha to the Windy City to become one of Chicago's most popular weathercasters on WLS-TV.
Coleman became the original weathercaster on what was then the brand-new ABC network morning program, Good Morning America. He stayed seven years with this top-rated program anchored by David Hartman and Joan Lunden.
John Coleman went on to create the Weather Channel in July, 1980.
Coleman, now 79-years-old, is no longer affiliated with the Weather Channel and is a weathercaster at KUSI-TV in San Diego.
Coleman’s essay, Global warming - the greatest scam in history can be found here.