A Fond Farewell to My Friends
A Message from Bob Breck
Delivered March 3, 2016
On this special night I can't help but think: "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?" That's the words of Winnie the Pooh. C'mon, this is the Breckster gang, you didn't think I'd quote Hemingway did you?
I can only say "Wow"! Tonight completes a 45-year journey. The last 38 years have been here at WVUE Channel 8. What a hoot this has been! Few people get to live the life they've always dreamed of living. But I've been blessed, and it's been an honor and privilege to be with you night after night.
I hope I have made you laugh and learn, think and sigh, stand ready and yet, relax ... even in uncertain times. I've relished every moment: the costumes and plaid coats, the tears and jeers. I came to meet so many of you personally at school visits, Kiwanis, Rotary and Chamber Club meetings, fairs and festivals and events all through our community. It was always you who made me feel welcomed and where I wanted to be.
I have so many to thank: my wife Brenda, my sons, my many managers, co-workers and all my weather observers. But it was you, my viewers, who became the wind beneath these wings. Your embrace was always warm regardless of the temperature outside. I can't thank you enough for allowing me so many fond memories.
Tonight brings me closer to a new beginning where I can enjoy the sun, dodge the rain, and enjoy my own Cloud Nine. I've agreed to join my colleagues and offer analysis and opinion in the event of a pending hurricane. For all of our sakes, let's hope that we never have to meet under those circumstances. But if you see me passing by give me a wink, a nod, a handshake, a hello ... and I will smile knowing that we are friends.
I am leaving Ch. 8 knowing I have a great team of knowledgeable, experienced meteorologists who will continue to be Your Weather Authority.