Posted at: 07/08/2013 5:41 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Long ago he was a science teacher on public television and a weatherman at KOB Eyewitness News 4. Now Dr. George Fischbeck is the first person honored with a plaque on Albuquerque’s brand new Wall of Fame.
“Hello my friends,” said the 90-year-old Fischbeck as he strolled straight up to a pack of TV news cameras at the Alvarado Transportation Center downtown. “Thumbs up! My friends, how are you? Everyone’s my friend!”
Dr. George still loves to be on TV, 20 years after retiring from KABC in Los Angeles. Fischbeck left Albuquerque for the big time back in 1972, but he still loves Albuquerque and Albuquerque loves him. He’s a born performer with a skullful of scientific knowledge. On KNME public television he was the best teacher many of us ever had. Monday was Albuquerque’s turn to honor Fischbeck, and Fischbeck’s turn to say thanks.
“One word: Opportunity,” Fischbeck said. “This town, this state, these people gave me an opportunity. Take an opportunity when it’s offered to you. You all have a chance to do something. You’ve got the opportunity? Grab it! Grab it and see what you can do with it!”
Dr. Fischbeck will throw out the first pitch at tomorrow night’s Isotopes game, and autograph copies of his autobiography, “My Life in Weather”.