- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - George Fischbeck, a science teacher-turned-TV weatherman whose enthusiastic broadcasts made him a popular figure during two decades in Los Angeles, has died. He was 92.

Fischbeck died of natural causes on Wednesday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills, his daughter, Nancy Fischbeck, told the Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/18Xq6MF ).

As “Dr. George,” Fischbeck was a weatherman for KABC-TV beginning in 1972. In 1994, he moved to KCBS-TV, where he did feature stories for several years.

Known for his bow ties and bushy mustache, Fischbeck had an exuberant, cheery delivery both on and off camera, where he promoted various charity projects, including children’s toy drives.

Fischbeck’s doctorate was an honorary degree from the now-closed University of Albuquerque. But he was trained as a meteorologist while in the Air National Guard during the Korean War.

Before becoming a weatherman, he spent 23 years as a science teacher in Albuquerque, where he learned how to play to an audience. “I could teach kids anything once I had their attention, and if I could make them smile, they would even remember it,” he told People magazine in 1981.

His broadcasting career began when he hosted a children’s science program on Albuquerque public television for more than a decade. He was a meteorologist with KOB-TV, the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, for about 18 months before joining KABC-TV.

On camera, Fischbeck liked to give viewers the hows and whys of the weather, explaining the intricacies of jet streams and high-pressure systems. He sometimes became so enthusiastic that he forgot to provide the next day’s forecast.

“When I talk about the weather, I come on strong, like an evangelist making a high-powered tour of Sin City,” he told the Times in 1977.

His animated, sometimes frenetic persona was not an act.

“What you saw on the air is really who he is,” Randy Roach, a former KABC News writer-reporter, wrote in a foreword to Fischbeck’s 2013 memoir, ‘My Life in Weather.’

“Dr. George doesn’t have an off and on switch like many television personalities,” Roach wrote.


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