Most of you will remember Williard Scott. He was a regular on the Today show for about fifteen years and is now retired. He continues to substitute for Al Roker from time to time.
For many years before that he was a disc jockey and very popular weather guy for the local station owned by NBC in Washington.
Those of us who worked with him back then loved him to death. He was an extremely funny man on camera, and even more so off. Here is my favorite Williard story.
We had a disc jockey at the station who billed himself as "The Magnificent Greek". "It's the end of the week with the Magnificent Greek" he announced every Friday.
Magnificent loved to cruise around town in his Cadillac convertible and wave to his adoring fans...none of whom were his fellow workers.
So one day he drove into work and parked his showboat in the back parking lot... with the top down. Not a cloud in the sky. And then he headed to his windowless studio deep in the bowels of the building.
And hour later Williard arrived in his pickup truck. He spots the Greeks new Cadillac with the top down... and his day is made.
Williard calmly walked into the building, went to his locker, put on his yellow rain slicker and matching hat, grabbed his umbrella and headed for the shower.
Five minutes later, sloshing down the hall, Williard walks into the Greeks studio while he is on the air. Shaking his umbrella he says " boy I sure didn't see that one coming!!"
Magnificent looked up at Williard, hit the commercial button, went over his desk, sprinted down the hall... and out into the sun drenched parking lot.
He never spoke to Williard again after that day.