Saturday, November 24, 2007


It's a brisk night outside Chicago's ABC7 public newsroom studio. Weatherman Jerry Taft is preparing his forecast, unaware that somewhere outside, in the dark, a madman awaits.

Jerry is engrossed in low pressure systems and tries to avoid eye contact with the crowd outside his window. He wonders why he spent all that money on meteorology school just so he could end up working in a cage.

Crazy Guy With A Lens approaches his prey stealthily, positioning himself behind a flatscreen monitor so he as the observer himself is never observed.

But the nefarious ploy proves unsuccessful. Suddenly, Jerry spots Crazy Guy With A Lens and begins his frustrated attempts to entice Crazy Guy With A Lens to leave.

After muttering a few things to himself, Crazy Guy With A Lens gets down to some serious weatherman watching.

Concerned that Crazy Guy With A Lens has gotten all up in his grill, Jerry uses his hand to openly mock the size of Crazy Guy With A Lens's lens.

Inspired by all the extra attention he's getting, Crazy Guy With A Lens begins observing Jerry even more vigorously than before.

Jerry flashes the universal gesture for "I feel as if I am a victim of my own celebrity."

Thinking quickly, Jerry returns to work.


Blogger Psychictoad said...

What a great narrative! Beginning, middle, and end. Wonderfully illustrated. A very believable protagonist caught in a battle much like one each of us faces daily.

I will certainly read this story to my legitimate children someday...when I have them.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous prht said...

Jerry Taft is the main reason we watch ABC7 news. He is spontaneous, natural, witty and reports the weather in an interesting way. Inn television, presentation is key. Thank you Jerry for being yourself.

10:42 AM  

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