|Occupation:||TV Show Host|
|Birth Day:||February 24, 1931|
|Birth Place:||Akron, United States|
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He served in the United States Air Force and worked as a meteorologist for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Later, he studied broadcasting and drama at Kent State University.
Goddard was born on February 24, 1931, in Akron, Ohio. His father, Vatchel Goddard, was a mechanic for Railway Express Agency. His mother, Doris Goddard (née Dickerhoof), was a homemaker. Both of his parents had a fourth grade education. He lived in Akron from birth to 1941. The family moved to a small farm in Greensburg, Ohio (now called Green) in 1941. The farm was five-acres. At age four, his father took him to Michigan to fish in the summer. He would continue to fish until 1973, then giving it up. Goddard played football (tailback and single-wing), baseball (third base), and basketball in high school. His senior year, he played basketball and they became Class B champions. Goddard went to his first Cleveland Browns game in Akron in August 1948. Just before joining the United States Air Force, Goddard tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Firestone Park. The Dodgers called him the next day to come back, but never did since none of his friends got invited back.
In 1950, Goddard had a pet raccoon named Freddie. He lived in Medina, Ohio. Goddard had one daughter, Kim. He was in a relationship with Julie Ann Cashel for more than twenty years until her death in 1996. His mother, Doris, died in 1996 also. Goddard married his second wife, Amber, in December 1997 and divorced her in 2004. In September 2016, he fell at home and fractured a hip. Goddard continued with rehab and doctors expected him to make a full recovery. His estate was up for auction in early November 2019.
While at Kent State, Goddard joined the National Weather Service at the Akron-Canton Airport. He stayed there for five years. After graduating from Kent State in 1960, Goddard joined the weather team at Westinghouse-owned KYW-TV (now WKYC-TV) in Cleveland and was hired for thirteen weeks. He had the distinction of being the first meteorologist on Cleveland television. As fortune would have it, Hurricane Donna became the first storm he covered. In December 1960, he was on Linn Sheldon's Barnaby show. A year later; while at KYW-TV, Goddard worked alongside sports anchor Jim Graner. Goddard was one of several employees of KYW-TV who agreed to move to WRCV-TV in Philadelphia in June 1965, after Westinghouse was allowed by the FCC to reverse a station trade with NBC in 1956 based on coercion in order for Westinghouse to retain their NBC affiliations; the KYW calls also moved back to Philadelphia. However, Goddard did not take a liking to Philadelphia, and returned to Cleveland several months later. In 1966, Goddard became the chief meteorologist at WJW-TV, where he would work for the remainder of his career. During his tenure he became one of the most popular area broadcasters.
In 1973 Goddard created the first Woollybear Festival, a day-long family event dedicated to teaching children about the weather, family fun, and animals. Some of the events include a caterpillar race, animal costume contests, and musical performances.
From August 1977 to January 1979, Goddard also hosted WJW's version of Bowling for Dollars, a syndicated franchised game show. He also appeared in numerous skits on WJW's popular Big Chuck and Lil' John Show over the years, and did occasional stage work.
In honor of Goddard's 50 years on Cleveland TV, most of which was spent at WJW, the portion of South Marginal Road (the southern frontage road of the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway) in front of the WJW studios was renamed "Dick Goddard Way" on May 23, 2011.
Goddard was an outspoken opponent of animal abuse. "Dick Goddard's Law", a bill to increase the severity of penalties for abuse, was introduced into the Ohio General Assembly in 2013 and reintroduced in 2015. The 2015 version was signed into law on June 13, 2016.
As of 2014 Goddard resided in Medina Township, Ohio.
In December 2014, at age 83, Goddard signed a "multi-year" contract renewal with WJW. On May 18, 2016, Goddard announced that he would retire from his weather duties in November 2016, while continuing his animal advocacy and remaining host of the Woollybear Festival. He delivered his last forecast on the station on November 22, 2016, with the station's weather center renamed for him. He continued to tape animal advocacy and adoption segments for WJW.
Goddard moved to Florida where he was in a medical facility. His daughter, Kim, became his caregiver. Goddard had pneumonia in January 2020. Kim revealed on May 13, 2020, that he was ill. His daughter revealed in June 2020 that he tested positive for COVID-19. Goddard died on August 4, 2020, at the age of 89. His ashes were spread under various trees including one at the WJW studios.
Dick was born in Akron, Ohio. Dick divorced his wife in 2003 after she was charged with domestic violence.
Currently, Dick Goddard is 90 years, 0 months and 7 days old. Dick Goddard will celebrate 91st birthday on a Thursday 24th of February 2022. Below we countdown to Dick Goddard upcoming birthday.
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CLEVELAND — FOX 8’s legendary weatherman, animal lover and all-around great guy, Dick Goddard, turned 88 years old Friday. We took some time to celebrate with him when he stopped by the…
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