Urban Myths in Local Television
Anyway, the point of this post is that it reminded me of what almost qualifies as an urban myth in local TV. I say almost because I think there is some truth to this although I'm sure it's nothing like what actually happened. Perhaps Dave Brown himself can clear up this bit of mystery once and for all.
I first heard this story while interviewing a farmer in East Arkansas in 1989 and have heard many different versions since from little old ladies to business owners from all three states in the viewing area.
It goes something like this: Dave Brown was doing the weather at (WHBQ/ WMC) and some farmer walked into the (TV station/Studio/Dave's office) and (asked to speak to Dave/didn't say anything) and then proceeded to (punch him in the nose/give him a black eye/knock him out with a fist to the face). Supposedly this came after the farmer had listened to Dave's forecast which (called for rain and it didn't rain/called for clear skies and it rained) which in turn cost the farmer a lot of money. One version has it that some lady was planning to throw a big party outdoors and it rained and SHE cleaned Dave's clock.
I have heard this over and over and you would be amazed at the number of people who swear its true and supposedly knew the person who did this deed. Maybe there is some truth to this but I don't think it says much about a farmer who plans his working day around what one weatherman says.
Anyway, the person who knows what really happened if anything at all is Dave Brown. Maybe he will settle this once and for all right here. I just hope he doesn't punch my lights out for posting on this.