John Coleman says goodbye to KUSI, San Diego

For the past 20 years, John Coleman was more than a face of KUSI. It's arguable he's been the face of San Diego television. A legitimate national talent working at a local independent? A rare occurrence that is likely to never repeat itself. 

Coleman, 79, has spent the past two decades at KUSI. He's been a broadcaster since 1953.

The west Texas native is best known for his drawn-out and often-imitated pronunciations of “KUUUUUSI” and “the breeeeeeeeeze!” as well as for “SO-SA” (Sort of Santa Ana) – for when a light offshore flow brings pleasant conditions – and being “giddy” at the end of the work week on Friday nights.

Coleman was attending the Tropical Weather Conference in South Padre Island, Texas, where today he made a presentation of some of his earliest television broadcasts.

He was the first weatherman for “Good Morning America” on ABC and founded The Weather Channel in the 1980s. He has also been politically active over the years as a booster of H. Ross Perot's Reform Party in the 1990s and a critic of the global warming frenzy.

Here is a letter written by John Coleman on the day of his retirement from KUSI, April 10th, 2014, his 20th year with the station:

Thank you and goodbye.

Nothing is forever. The universe, the galaxy, the solar system, the sun, Earth… every species fades away in time. We individual people are very small and very temporary parts of the big picture.

Now is the time to wind down the professional working part of my life and make the most of my private time in the years I have left.

Thanks to my fellow team members, you have been very kind and patient with me and helped me along when the going got tough.

I'm grateful to you all. I wish you all every success and happiness.

Most of all, thank you to the San Diego viewers who have been kind enough to watch me and support my efforts through thick and thin. I owe everything to you!

And now, goodbye!

John Coleman

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