It has been a busy day for me. I chased the last remaining (yet to be surveyed) USHCN weather station in Georgia at Dahlonega, plus did historical reference interviews with TWC founder John Coleman and Director of Meteorology Joe D’Aleo which I’ll post later. The reason I was invited and am covering it is here
Right now I’m at the Mansour Center in Marietta, GA where people are arriving for the event tonight. I’ll post images and notes as the night goes on. Check back here for regular updates.
Sorry for the short notice – couldn’t determine ahead of time if they had working WiFi here.
John Coleman shows up…with what looks to be an ancient six pack of “TaB” diet drink…and then proceeds to open it!
I though he was joking, but it still fizzed and he drank it!
Turns out they still make it here it Atlanta and have limited distribution,
here’s some of the literature from that era of founding in 1982, note the hi-tech computer:
Al Lipton, TWC original, and organizer of the event, opens the event
Some familiar and famous names:
Dinner is on at the moment, expecting some presentations afterward…about 15 minutes from now: 8:00PM EST
Some of the original staff showed up after midnight at the new TWC building and crashed their party:
Amazingly they got in:
The two photos above by Darlene Periconi
One of the pioneers who could not be present, addresses his friends and coworkers via webcam:
Founder John Coleman relays the story of how TWC got started. I’ll have video of this story later. He says David Hartman of ABC News Good Morning America was such a time hog that he could never do a good job covering the nation with so little time left…and this gave him the inspiration for TWC.
Joe D’aleo talks about the technical challenges of creating the first 24/7 all weather TV channel. 148 people were on board to kick off the debut. From technicians, to talent, to visionaries.
Alan Galmubeck talks about the computers and the need for the “weather star” character generator inserter.
The first nationwide launch was plagued with a glitch - they all showed the same time no matter what time zone they were in. Another glitch was that in some cable TV head ends in some TV markets, these electronic boxes wiped out TV channel 2 with interference.
Back then NOAA/NWS didn’t have access to all watches/warning they generated in forecast offices in one place. A solution with WSI corporation was created called the Digital Access Module Network or the DAMN box…which put all this together and made dissemination of watches and warnings via the “weather star” box possible for cable TV viewers.
A blooper reel of the early days was shown (about 25 mins ) that I hope to have up here next week along with a tape of the event.
While I realize that this may not be of interest to everyone, but I’m priviledged to be here and to have contributed in my own small way during those years.
Regular stories on WUWT will resume on Monday.