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Paul's reaction to CNN blizzard claim; "Pickers" haggling is classic

By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking:

I sent Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul a Facebook message Wednesday to ask for a comment about CNN correspondent Pamela Brown's claim Tuesday evening that there is a different standard or threshold for Buffalo blizzards than those elsewhere.

I told our local weather guru and teacher that I was looking for something humorous to answer Brown, who made the unusual claim speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper.

I was looking for something like the comment Paul made a day or two earlier about people who drive during a snowstorm without their lights on: "Are you nuts?"

Paul did not disappoint. His answer was humorous and educational.

"Our instruments don't have a different threshold," Paul responded. "It's our people. We have the same one quarter mile visibility and 35 mph winds that all other blizzards have. But from the Department of Ripley's Believe It or Not, despite the fact that Buffalo gets lots more snow than NYC, we get fewer blizzards."

The Wednesday night episode of "American Pickers" with former local firefighter Frank Raquet was as inspirational as advertised. Co-hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz not only learned about Raquet's inspirational and busy life since he was paralyzed almost 30 years at a fire scene, they also learned that he can strike a mean bargain. The haggling over items inside Raquet's barns on his Akron farm was priceless entertainment.

Let's hope that co-hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are funnier Sunday night at the Golden Globes on NBC than they have been in the promos for the award show. They already have a tough act to follow after wowing viewers at last year's Globes.

Next week, Channel 2 morning anchor John Beard is heading to the Screen Actors Guild Awards with the cast of "Arrested Development," which was nominated for its Netflix season.

Note to Channel 7 anchor Keith Radford, who during happy talk this week with sports director Jeff Russo thought that former Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas lost his helmet at the start of the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Thomas actually lost his helmet in the Super Bowl loss to Washington that was played in Minneapolis.

Good news for fans of Channel 2's chief weather anchor Kevin O'Connell. I'm told that he recently agreed to a new three-year deal, which means he and Paul can continue to verbally spar on Facebook for that long.

Finally, Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin shaved off his beard after two days on the air and quickly posted his clean-shaven look on Facebook in a picture with O'Connell. Levin got a lot of social media mileage out of his beard so I'd say keeping it on for a few days before shaving it off was a win-win.




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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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