Saturday, July 13, 2013

SEPIA SATURDAY (170)

With this week's prompt on Sepia Saturday
my mind went off in so many directions... 
like I thought I'd do simply a showcases of videos mentioning the weather; 
then I thought I'd feature a few pictures of my mom featuring the fashion she wore in those days. 
Then, 
It struck me: 
THE WEATHER!!! 
And where did my fascination for our local weather come from? 
There's a guy here that can be "blamed" for that!! 
And he sure made a lasting impression on many of my compatriots...


I give you: 
LE PROF LEBRUN
(Professor Lebrun) 
(1928-2003) 
Jacques Lebrun, 
a French immigrant that arrived in 1961, 
his first job was nightwatchman. 
While having no formal scientific education, 
he had a keen interest for astronomy 
and joined the Montreal Astronomy Association 
where he was soon noticed. 
It got him a gig in 1963 on television for Radio-Canada 
where they needed someone to speak about the planet Mars. 
His performance led him toward radio as a weather guy and scientific expert. 
He did enough research on his own to educate himself on these matters 
and he was able to convey such knowledge to the public 
in such a way to make it easily accessible to everyone.

video

You can see him here doing the weather report for TVA which he did in the 1970s and '80s. 
You'll notice his handiwork on those boards, 
far from the technology we have now... 
But he also worked as a commentator for those space missions from the NASA
and did a stint on a kid's show to educate them about science and the newly implemented metric system. 
He became known to every generations, 
a familiar face to all!! 
He also worked for years at Montreal's Planetarium 
where he received thousands of kids every year 
to explain astronomy to them. 
That's where he was dubbed with the title of "professor
even though he was not academically a teacher. 
Some simply have a natural talent for it!! 
:)~ 


The weather often influences how I do my photography, 
my topics, the post treatment, etc... 
Being a Nordic country, 
it is often grey over here, 
but you couldn't really tell here, 
could you?!? 
:D~


Time for you to rejoin 
come rain or come shine!!


For your musical interlude, 
the kind of weather I wouldn't mind... 
Circa 1983. 
;)~ 
HUGZ

25 comments:

  1. We still have one of those TV weather guys who can't be beat.

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    1. Funny how they manage that, getting noticed...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  2. Back in the 60s, our weather guy was Joe Folkes and his show was sponsored by Coca Cola. He had a really DEEP voice. EVERYBODY remembers the night he signed off with his signature gesture of returning his pen to his jacket pocket and saying, "I'm Joe Cokes for Folkes-a-cola."

    Here's wishing you a good "rainy" day ;-)

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    1. A good sense of humor, I daresay...
      The guy here used to throw his pen toward the camera when signing off.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  3. Very interesting to see a weather man talking about Canada. I realized this is the first time I ever saw that, even though we used to watch Canadian TV in Detroit, I guess we always turned when the weather came on.

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  4. Also enjoyed the "Raining Men" song and video :D

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    1. The vid seemed apropos, given the theme, and ME!!!
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  5. It's amazing what he achieved without a college education. It just goes to show!
    Nancy

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    1. Some people just have a natural talent
      and I always believed that the power to communicate is a gift,
      it cannot be taught, in my opinion...
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  6. The TV weather presentation sure has changed since the "old days."

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    1. Indeed, which is good, but it's nice to remember those who were special characters,
      because they all look/sound the same pretty much now.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  7. You are quite right, weather forecasters do seem to make a deep impression on us. Thinking back I can remember them way back in the 60s and 70s when they had little but a magnetic map and a few cloud symbols.

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    1. Well, it is one topic that is quite democratic
      as it affect all of us in various ways.
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  8. Yes, the local weatherman/woman is usually the most memorable of the local news personalities. Why is that? Thanks for the musical interlude!

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    1. Possibly because they hold the fate of our weekend BBQ in their hands!!!!
      Or a wedding, or, or, or...
      You know!?!
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  9. I've always wondered about the presentation of Canadian weather and whether anyone paid attention to the conditions in the far north. Those were some pretty cold and northerly temperatures on Prof Lebrun's map! So I guess it is worth knowing so that people can know that at least there's someplace even colder.

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    1. I'm always curious what happens north, south and west of here
      as it is most likely what will influence the weather here
      in the days to come.

      And yes, there's always a place worst off than us,
      wherever we are...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  10. The Brown Show!!!

    Je ne ratais presque jamais ses émissions! Je le trouvais trop hot (sans jeux de mots)! Merci pour ce beau souvenir!

    Et pour rassurer Mike, plus haut, les températures décrites sur sa mappe étaient déjà en celsius, dis? J'espère!! J'veux ben croire que les hivers d'antan étaient plus froids et plus neigeux et plus toutte, mais quand même! ;¬D

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    1. On va garder un peu de mystere ici...
      ;)~
      Pour ce qui est du Prof,
      il a certainement marque la TV de son epoque.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  11. Now we seem to get mainly weather girls - not that I'm complaining.

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  12. My memories are the same as Alan's.I can also remember one weatherman saying that he's had a call from a lady saying that she's heard there was a hurricane on its way. He assured her it wasn't - he was so wrong! Now that clip gets played at every opportinity years later. Poor old Michael Fish.

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    1. Yeah, always gotta be careful what one says in such cases.
      While it may have seemed improbable to him,
      didn't mean it was impossible...
      Such mistakes tend to follow you forever!!
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  13. Yes! Canada's own Michael Fish![here} is a video of my favourite weather forcaster!

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