A long-time member of the Channel 3 family has passed away. Stuart Hall started working at this station in 1954, just after the station first went on the air. He died peacefully Sunday morning at the age of 90.
Stuart came to Channel 3 in 1954, two months after the station went on the air. He came here from Illinois looking for a change in scene.
"The flat country was just to flat for me and I wanted to get back to the mountains," Hall said, in an interview at his retirement.
He got the change of scene and a change in jobs.
"Mostly I was doing sports announcing at the UHF station, but Mr. Martin said he could use me for production because I was fairly experienced -- I'd run a variety show out there -- produced that. And he said he could use that, but could he do the weather, and I said sure, no problem, so I boned up quickly and made sure I was up on my weather and came and sure enough it worked out nicely," Hall said.
He made his name in the weather, but he held other jobs as well. From quiz master to production manager -- eventually vice president. Those early days of television though were full of imagination -- full of innovation.
"I'd always been a fan of crossword puzzles and I just got an idea that we could make a quiz program out of using a cross word puzzle, so I made one up that had the sponsors name right down, slanting diagonally across the puzzle and then you'd make words left to right off that," he said.
In 1964, Richard Gallagher joined Stuart Hall and Tony Adams on the news set and those three men worked together for 20 years -- one of the longest running teams in broadcast history.
"And we went through an awful lot together, that's true, we really did and I enjoyed working with both of them. They're both such professional people," Hall said.
During those two decades, Stuart's profession changed as well. He went from pasting little plastic lines on a colored map to today's high technology.
"In the beginning all we had was a piece of metal we painted gray and drew the outline in paint and then I'd use these markers and then just draw them on there and erase it off after this, so it was very rudimentary," he said.
He was probably the most popular person on television in the region. A popularity cultivated with garden tips and observations of the world around us.
"I feel a special relationship to our viewers because they do invite us into their living rooms each night and so many people have written or come and say, ' We feel your a part of the family,' and that's a very proud feeling to know that people can feel that way about you," he said.
For those who have worked with him, those who have watched him, we'll remember him fondly -- like a warm day that lingers in late summer. But Stuart Hall certainly does not want to be remembered like a warm front in August.
"I know what I'd be. A nice northeast storm with a lot of snow and dropping snow for the skiers and sliders and stuff like this. A good snow storm is the thing we like best," Hall said.
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