November 16, 2012 10:04 AM Subscribe
posted by HuronBob (16 comments total)
celebrated 50 years in television back in 1997. Sonny, a B52 bomber pilot who was shot down and spent months in a POW camp in Germany, returned to Detroit after the war and began accepting any position/role he could in local TV.
Over the years he forecast the weather, wrote an episode of the Lone Ranger, was the voice of a TV puppet and became the most recognized TV personality in Michigan. After 63 years on TV and a million bad jokes ( "It's 52 degrees in Three Rivers; that's the highest temperature in the state. Three Rivers--that's where they started a new business, making the front ends of horses. Then they ship them to the Detroit council chambers for final assembly." )
Sonny signed off
for the last time, at the age of 89.
Sonny passed away
today at the age of 91, future generations of Michigan children will never know where the Keweenaw Peninsula is, or that it can be removed from the state at will.