Weather Forecasting Legend Dick Goddard Has Passed Away

THE name in Cleveland area meteorology Dick Goddard has passed. The Greenberg, Ohio native served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War then returned to Ohio. He attended Kent State University where he earned a Fine Arts Degree. After Graduation Dick decided which of two career directions to go, to Walt Disney Studios in California and the other to become a television meteorologist. He would get job offers from all three Cleveland television stations but chose WJW because they carried the Browns games. His love for Cleveland football extended to the Browns radio booth where for 43 years he served as a statistician. The Woolybear Festival in Vermillion is a Goddard creation. Now, forty years later, this annual Autumn event draws over 100,000 people. This year, however, the festival will "hibernate" thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Goddard is known for his deep love for animals. If you're familiar with Goddard's Law you and pets everywhere can thank Dick for that. Goddard lobbied Ohio lawmakers who ultimately enacted the law which strengthened penalties for those convicted of mistreating animals. The street in front of the WJW studios bears his name. You don't do that for just anyone. A few weeks ago it was reported that Goddard was infected with the Covid-19 virus. The exact caause of death was not announced. The most trusted name in weather in our area, Dick Goddard, was 89 years old.