July 7, 1980 was a Monday. It was sunny in Philadelphia. I remember that. I was working mornings as a deejay at WIFI in Philadelphia, an also ran top-40 station.
There was nothing to make me think the day would be special. As it turns out it was the most important day of my life!
I was still on the air when the phone rang. Farrell Meisel. He’s my friend now. That morning he a was offering me a job at WGR-TV where he was program director.
Oh my God! I’d sent a tape with (literally) everything I’d ever done on camera. He was asking me to co-host PM Magazine/Buffalo.
This was my break! Radio was over. I was heading to TV in two weeks. Even though it meant a small cut in pay and moving to Buffalo it was a great opportunity. I am forever grateful.
OK–so far a pretty decent day so far–right? There’s more.
At 10:00 AM my air shift was over. I rushed from the studio to meet some friends and give them the news. As I barreled around a corner I knocked down a young woman who’d just started that morning. By the time I saw her she was sitting on the floor!
That’s how we met. It could be a scene in a movie.
Wow! In one morning I changed careers, committed to move and met the woman I’d one day marry.
Helaine and I have known each other 30 years today. That’s half my life and a much larger percentage of hers.
Whatever I am and wherever I’ve gone owes a great deal to her. Plus, I’m still seriously in love.
That was a pretty damn good day!