Tossing The Chalk In Heaven


  Sad news for Canadian broadcasting.  Percy Saltzman, the first face to be seen on CBC when it launched in 1952, passed away yesterday.

Mr. Saltzman was a fixture as Canada’s first TV weatherman.  With his trademark toss of the chalk at the end of each segment, he was the first Canadian weatherman to use radar and satellite and the first to give road and forest fire reports. He was the weatherman who talked Toronto through Hurricane Hazel and did it all without the use of notes or a teleprompter.

I remember him well.