When Fox 8 teased a major announcement from legendary weatherman Dick Goddard earlier this week, there were only two possible outcomes, really: Either Dick Goddard was going to finally announce that he was a robot or he was going to announce his retirement.
The second ended up coming true yesterday evening (though the first isn't out of the question yet, just not confirmed).
"For 55 years, I've been doing the weather, and I'm going to keep doing it as we go into November," 85-year-old Dick Goddard said during the end of the 6 p.m. newscast. "At that point, I'm going to step away from the weather maps, and we're getting into total animal welfare." That includes pushing for the Ohio Senate to join the Ohio House in passing "Goddard's Law," which would make it a felony to hurt a companion animal.
There were some Groundhog Day jokes from Top Men at Fox 8 in this interview with the Plain Dealer (since Goddard is sticking around for another six months) and general well-wishes for a fella who spent 50 of his 55 years as a weatherman doing so in Cleveland.
Goddard's led quite the professional life. His Wikipedia entry is a small introduction to it — did you know he was the Browns' statistician for home games from 1966-2011? — and his legacy includes the Woollybear festival, animal activism, and bits on the Big Chuck and Lil' John show, like the one below. Godspeed, Dick.