January 21, 2014 |
David Robinson doesn't wear a top hat or have a carrot for a nose. The role of New Jersey's chief snowman, after all, commands a certain dignity. But with rank comes responsibility. And so, when the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management asked him in August whether the streets of East Rutherford - and its roofless MetLife Stadium - might be heaped in snow or frozen in ice when it hosts the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, Robinson obliged with a calculation. After all, this would be the first Super Bowl ever in a cold-weather, open stadium.
January 16, 2013 |
When Bob Wanton began his career in the 1960s, meteorologists really did need to keep their eyes on the sky. Simply scanning a computer screen? Please. "I had to go outside every hour to do an observation," says Wanton, 68, who retired last year after 46 years with the National Weather Service. His first office, at what's now Atlantic City International Airport, was in a World War II-era Quonset hut. Not exactly high-tech, but perfect for accessing the elements. "I logged everything on a form," recalls the Lindenwold resident and grandfather of three.
November 19, 2012 |
Miriam Schwartz, 86, a retired administrative assistant who through a series of TV commercials became familiar to many in the area as the mother of meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Lankenau Hospital. Schwartz, an NBC10 weatherman, said his mother appeared in an ad campaign for the station in about 2003. "She starred in a series of TV promotions for me about a proud mom," he said. "There were about five or six commercials, and the entire campaign won an Emmy.
January 22, 2012
Remembering Herb Clarke Herb Clarke died Jan. 8. He was best known and remembered as the longtime weatherman on WCAU, NBC10, and then for his six years of garden reports on KYW radio. He was also my dad. We moved to Philadelphia when Dad came to work at Channel 10 in November 1958. I was a baby. All three of us Clarke children grew up in Philadelphia. TV is a fickle and sometimes cruel business. On-air talent is often cut or reassigned with little notice. There one day, gone the next.
January 10, 2012
A funeral for the broadcaster Herb Clarke will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010. Donations may be made to the church or to the Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia 19106. Mr. Clarke, 84, a weatherman on Philadelphia's Channel 10 newscasts for nearly 40 years, died Sunday, Jan. 8, at Beaumont, a retirement community in Bryn Mawr. He and his wife, Barbara Cawthorne Clarke, were longtime residents of Haverford before moving to Beaumont in 2004.
January 9, 2012 |
Herb Clarke, 84, the low-key broadcaster who was a fixture as a weatherman on Philadelphia's Channel 10 newscasts for nearly 40 years, died late Sunday afternoon at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, a retirement community. Barbara Clarke, his wife of 56 years, said Mr. Clarke died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. "The thing with Herb is that he was a regular, down-home guy," said Gerry Wilkinson, a good friend and chairman of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, an organization devoted to chronicling the region's broadcasting history.
January 8, 2012 |
Herb Clarke, the low-key broadcaster who was a fixture as a weatherman on Philadelphia's Channel 10 newscasts for nearly 40 years, died Sunday at a retirement community in Bryn Mawr. He was 84. Barbara Clarke, his wife of 56 years, said in a statement that Mr. Clarke died of complications derived from Alzheimer's Disease. "The thing with Herb is that he was a regular, down-home guy," said Gerry Wilkinson, the chairman of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, an organization devoted to chronicling the region's broadcasting history.
June 23, 2009
I'D LIKE TO make a suggestion to the staff and management of WPVI 6ABC once they move this fall to their new headquarters on Monument Road: Dedicate the facility to the late anchor/weatherman Jim O'Brien. He was the life and guts of Action News and would've been 70 were he still with us physically. Bhoke S. Lumumba Merion Station
March 17, 2009 |
Meteorologist John Bolaris was a media lightning rod when he worked at Channel 10: scattered brawls, flurries of name-calling, nights of deep canoodling. He's also the guy who, in 2001, hyped the big snowstorm that missed Philadelphia. So why - more than a year after he returned to Philadelphia after five years in New York - has there not been a dusting, or even a dustup? Friends say that the 51-year-old Bolaris, now chief meteorologist at Fox29, has grown up. The "new" John, they say, can be attributed to his daughter, Reina Sofia, a long-haired sprite who just turned 5. Bolaris shares custody with his former girlfriend Tiffany McElroy, a morning anchor in New York who briefly was a coworker at Channel 10. "Having a kid has slowed him down, in a good way," said Matt Cord, the WMMR radio personality and 76ers announcer.
August 15, 2006 |
Bill Kuster, 76, the folksy Channel 3 weatherman who was known for his vegetable garden in a planter in front of the station and characters he designed for viewers to know how to dress that day, died of leukemia Saturday in a Denver hospice. He lived in Littleton, Colo., after leaving Philadelphia in 1978. "In the mid-1970s, we were known in the industry as the Dream Team or Camelot," Al Melzer, former Channel 3 sports director, said yesterday. "It was Jessica Savitch, Vince Leonard, Mort Crim, Bill and me. " Recalled Leonard, a former news anchor: "Bill's jokes were really corny.