When I was a kid growing up in Chicago, as I’ve mentioned countless times before, I got interested in the weather and the whole business of weather forecasting (or, of you will, prediction) from a weather forecaster named PJ Hoff.
One of P.J.’s assistants in those days was a guy named John Coleman. P.J. retired in 1968 and the station bypassed Coleman for another John, John Coughlin. A year later both Fahey Flynn and John Coleman were part of The Eyewitness News Team over at WLS-TV, with Flynn as co-anchor and Coleman the on-air weatherman.
Coleman went national in 1975 as the weatherman on ABC’s Good Morning America, a job he held until 1982. In 1982, he started The Weather Channel and acted as the station’s CEO until he was forced out a year later. He then worked at WCBS-TV in New York and WMAQ-TV in Chicago until 1994, when he went to work at KUSI-TV in San Diego until 2014. He and his wife moved to Sun City shortly thereafter, and he passed away this past Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada.