Richard D. Goddard (1931 - 2020)

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Richard D. Goddard
1931 - 2020
February 24, 1931
Akron, Summit County, Ohio United States
August 4, 2020
Florida United States
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Richard D. Goddard was born on February 24, 1931 in Akron, Ohio United States. He is the child of Doris Goddard. He was the parent of Kimberly Goddard with an unknown partner. He, father to 1 child, died on August 4, 2020 in Florida at 89 years old.
Updated: August 5, 2020
Dick Goddard, as of his death, held the Guinness World Record for longest career as a weather forecaster. He worked since 1966 as the chief meteorologist at WJW-TV in Cleveland, OH. He also did radio work for the Cleveland Browns football team, hosted "Bowling for Dollars" on WJW, and occasionally did skits on the show "Big Chuck and Lil' John Show", Aside from his radio and tv work, Goddard created the Woollybear Festival, which taught children about the weather, family fun, and animals (he was an outspoken advocate against animal abuse) and was an author.
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Green High School, Kent State University, 1960 (fine arts degree)


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May 1, 1961: Became a tv weatherman. On air, "croaking frogs" came out as "froaking crogs". Remained a tv weatherman for over 50 yrs and also worked for 32 years as the football statistician for the Cleveland Browns (radio).

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Richard D. Goddard, father to 1 child, died on August 4, 2020 in Florida at age 89. He was born on February 24, 1931 in Akron, Ohio United States. He is the child of Doris Goddard. He was the parent of Kimberly Goddard with an unknown partner.

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In 1931, in the year that Richard D. Goddard was born, on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1947, he was 16 years old when in June, the Marshall Plan was proposed to help European nations recover economically from World War II. It passed the conservative Republican Congress in March of 1948. After World War I, the economic devastation of Germany caused by burdensome reparations payments led to the rise of Hitler. The Allies didn't want this to happen again and the Marshall Plan was devised to make sure that those conditions didn't arise again.

In 1954, Richard was 23 years old when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1966, Richard was 35 years old when on July 1st, Medicare became available after President Johnson signed into law the Medicare Act in 1965. President Truman had received the first Medicare card since he had been the first to propose national healthcare law. insurance.

In 1997, Richard was 66 years old when on July 1st, Hong Kong was returned to China. In 1898, Great Britain was awarded Hong Kong for 99 years. In a subsequent agreement, China agreed to allow Hong Kong to remain capitalist. So the handing over of the area ended British rule but did not change the economic system of Hong Kong.

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