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Longtime ABC7 Meteorologist Jerry Taft Dies Aged 77 – Remembering His 33-Year Career

Joe Akins
Jul 24, 2020
09:13 A.M.
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Former ABC7 meteorologist Jerry Taft recently passed away at the age of 77. This comes two years after he retired from ABC7 following a thirty-three years-long career at the station.

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Veteran Meteorologist Jerry Taft who worked at ABC7 for 33 years, died on Thursday while surrounded by his family members. He was aged 77.

Jerry Taft during a weather broadcast on ABC7 | Photo: youtube.com/ABC 7 Chicago

Jerry Taft during a weather broadcast on ABC7 | Photo: youtube.com/ABC 7 Chicago

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In 2018, after working with ABC7 for over three decades, Taft retired, and while reflecting on his career, he noted that he initially never planned to become a television meteorologist.

Taft was also widely known for his sense of humor, which he incorporated into his job.

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According to Taft, he developed an interest in meteorology when he took a local weatherman for a publicity flight during his time as a captain in the Air Force in Texas.

Things, however, took a turn when the weatherman unexpectedly put Taft on air. Although it was a major flop, Taft later got a call from the station's boss, who offered him a weather forecaster job.

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After working at the station for a while, Taft moved to Chicago, and in 1984, he landed a job with ABC7, where he started off on the station's 4 pm newscast.

Throughout his career, Taft was entrusted with various responsibilities which he always carried out with great zeal. By 1994, he was promoted to ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 10 pm, and this ultimately contributed to that newscast's perennial number one ranking.

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Following his retirement in January 2018, Taft launched a new career as an uber driver in Florida, and according to him, the pay was good, and he mostly loved not having a job.

In addition to his weather forecasting skills, Taft was also widely known for his sense of humor, which he incorporated into his job. Without a doubt, his impact on television lives forever, and he will be greatly missed by all.

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