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Monday, March 19, 2012

Gus

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Springfield's long-time weatherman, Gus Gordon, announced today that he is leaving News Channel 20 for a position with the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

I remember the first time I saw Gus somewhere other than TV. It was at the Muni Opera, Springfield's own outdoor summer theater on Lake Springfield. I was sitting on a blanket on the ground waiting for the show to start, when someone nudged me and whispered, "look! There's that Gus Gordon." He had only been in Springfield a short time (maybe just days), but he was already a household name.

I glanced over my shoulder to see him walking down the aisle with his wife for what was obviously his first time at the Muni. He was beaming broadly, surveying the crowd, the stage, the night sky. I think he said something like, "this is so cool."

At one point during the play, the lead actor jumped off the stage and ran through the audience, firing his prop gun into the air (blanks, of course). I couldn't resist looking over at Gus. He was totally into it. He was more into it than probably anyone else in the audience that night. His unabashed and open joy that night was quite contagious and it made me love that play more than any other play I'd ever seen. And probably everyone else sitting around him.

Good luck, Gus. I just know you'll have a great time in your new job.

Photo: Fake owl in tree on Washington Street.

Posted by Marie at March 19, 2012 10:36 PM

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