Connecticut lost one of its good guys on Sunday. Charlie Bagley died.
“Fair Weather Charlie.” What a great nickname.
Charlie did the weather on Channels 3 and 30, and on WTIC radio for 24 years.
I think Charlie was endlessly amused by the fact that he was on radio and television, and with that in mind, brought a “What, me worry?” attitude to his presentation.
He reminded me of an overgrown leprechaun with a Boston accent. And he distributed his pot o’ gold wherever he went.
I did the morning news with Charlie in 1981. I hated, hated, hated getting up at 4 in the morning. But Charlie could could cheer the grump right out of you.
Those were the days before computer weather graphics. Charlie would saunter in the studio, throw the magnetic sun and cloud symbols in front of me, and I would toss them onto the map. Wherever they stuck, they stayed. Charlie just worked his way around them.
What a good guy he was.