George Fischbeck
American weather presenter
George Fischbeck
Dr. George Fischbeck 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.
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  • 2015
    Age 93
    Died on March 25, 2015.
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  • 2003
    Age 81
    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. In 2013, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge declared April 10 to be Dr. George Day in the city. A month later, Fischbeck's autobiography was published by the University of New Mexico Press. Fischbeck died on March 25, 2015 in Woodland Hills, California.
    More Details Hide Details Fischbeck was an amateur radio operator, and carried the call sign KE6SBY.
  • 1979
    Age 57
    In 1979 he was awarded the Silver Beaver by the Boy Scouts of America for his service to youth.
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  • 1955
    Age 33
    He studied education while attending the University of New Mexico, graduating in 1955 with an MA.
    More Details Hide Details Fischbeck worked as an Albuquerque–based teacher for 23 years, which help him develop an "ebullient" personality. 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.
  • 1949
    Age 27
    He married Suzanne Fischbeck in 1949, with whom he had two children.
    More Details Hide Details In retirement, he was a volunteer with the Los Angeles Zoo and also worked with the Los Angeles Police Department's Volunteer Surveillance Team. 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 Mötley Crüe's "Dr. Feelgood" called "Dr. Fischbeck" about the weatherman.
  • 1922
    Age 0
    Born on July 1, 1922.
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