George Fischbeck

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George Fischbeck (born July 1, 1922)[1] was a television weatherman on KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico from the early 1960s to early 1970s. In 1972 he moved to KABC-TV in Los Angeles, California, replacing Alan Sloane, where he became a staple on the station's Eyewitness News broadcasts. He would retire from KABC-TV in 1990, but returned to television with a brief stint at KCBS-TV from 1994 to 1997. His on-air presentation was honed from a previous career as a school teacher. His unique, sometimes humorous forecasts were unscripted and often turned into an opportunity to educate his viewers on the subject of weather. He started his television career at KNME-TV in Albuquerque as a host of a children's science program. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1955 with an MA. In 1979 he was awarded the Silver Beaver by the Boy Scouts of America for his service to youth. In 2003, he was awarded the LA Area Governors Award for lifetime achievement by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for special and unique contributions to Los Angeles area television.[2] His most recent honor comes from the City of Los Angeles, where City Councilman Tom LaBonge declared April 10 to be Dr. George Day in Los Angeles.[3]

Fischbeck's autobiography was published in 2013 by the University of New Mexico Press.[4]

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Fischbeck is an amateur radio operator, and carries the call sign KE6SBY.

He is currently a volunteer with the Los Angeles Zoo.

At the end of Tom Waits' comic song "Emotional Weather Report" (from his 1975 album Nighthawks at the Diner), he quips, "Dr. George Fischbeck ain't got nothin' on me!"

Mark Jonathan Davis recorded a parody of Motley Crue's "Dr. Feelgood" called "Dr. Fischbeck" about the weatherman.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fischbeck, George; Randy Roach (2013). Dr. George: My Life in Weather. UNM Press. ISBN 0826353339. 
  2. ^ "The 55th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards". Retrieved 2008-09-01. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Los Angeles declares April 10 Dr. George Day". Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Fischbeck, George; Roach, Randy (2013). Dr. George: My Life in Weather. Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 9780826353337. 
  5. ^ "mjd's intergalactic comedy hacienda (mich.ideatown.com) - Dr. Demento Hits". mich.ideatown.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 

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