"If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners." -- Johnny Carson
My wife Mary and I are creatures of habit. We are both early risers. I usually wake up before she does.
However, neither of us stays in bed beyond 6 a.m.
The first thing we do when we wake up is turn on the television. Not any channel, mind you. We turn it to Channel 2. Otherwise we seldom watch television during the day.
The thing Mary and I like about Channel 2, besides their excellent coverage of local news, is enjoying the morning crew.
Like a freshly brewed cup of coffee, seeing their engaging personalities first thing in the morning is one way we like to start the day.
We especially enjoy Steve Paulson. He's the meteorologist -- otherwise known as the weatherman -- during the week from 4:30 to 9 a.m. I realize many of you don't turn on your television at that time of morning because you're preoccupied getting ready for work. But there are days when you stay at home. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
What's immediately noticeable about Steve is that he's one of the spiffiest dressers on television. He appears as if he'd just stepped out of the pages of GQ Magazine.
Steve has a homey, unscripted style of delivery that appeals to those of us who are turned off by broadcasters who appear to read from cue cards.
Steve was always interested in television and majored in communications at Chico State to pursue his dream.
During his senior year at Chico, he launched his career as a weather reporter when he was hired by the local television station as a fill-in, despite having no prior experience.
Before going to work for Channel 2, Steve worked for several stations around the country, including Denver and Chicago as well as locally in Santa Rosa and San Francisco.
He also had a brief stint interviewing personalities for the NHL Sharks in San Jose during their pre- and post-game shows, but his main focus has been reporting the weather.
After spending over half his life reporting the weather, including 14 years with Channel 2, I'm certain Steve has gained a significant number of fans throughout the Bay Area!
Those of us who are regular Channel 2 viewers will agree that Steve is always stylishly dressed with shirt and tie that match.
That's something I've never learned to do as my wife well knows.
I don't think we've seen Steve wear the same tie twice. I questioned Steve about his ties when I met him over coffee at Min's Café in Concord where he enjoys dining.
He said he currently has around 250 ties in his wardrobe that he purchased or received from friends and admirers, and that he's donated another 100 or so to local nonprofit organizations. The half-dozen ties I own include an Ernst and a couple of outdated narrow ones hanging somewhere in my closet.
When not on the job, Steve loves to hike and play tennis and spend most of his time outdoors.
So, what's in the future for Steve? He appears perfectly content with his assignment as morning weather reporter for Channel 2, and he looks forward to staying on that job indefinitely.
That's good news for his many followers who are anticipating a lot of good weather ahead.
Eizo Kobayashi is a Concord resident and a member of the Concord Senior Citizens Club. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.