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Tom Wills Night: A soggy but fitting tribute

By Lindsay English - bio | email
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The heavy rains did not stop fans of WAVE 3's Tom Wills from turning out Thursday night at Louisville Slugger Field to wish him well as heads into retirement after 40 years on the air. Although Tom Wills Night at the ballpark was soggy, it was almost a fitting tribute for Louisville's legendary meteorologist.   

"I've watched him, I grew up in Frankfort, so I've watched him for a long time. I got the autograph for my mom. She's watched him since he's been on the air," said Leslie Torres, who traveled from Elizabethtown to be at the Bats game in Tom's honor.

"He's been on the morning forever. I just like wake up with Tom and it's going to be sort of sad not seeing him on the news anymore. But I'm glad we got to meet him tonight. We got his autograph so we feel special," said Tracy Stoll, who met Tom with her family.

It seemed everyone had a memory to share. "He visited my 5th grade class back in 1988 whenever that was. He got us all excited about meteorology and things like that so it's amazing he's been around this long," said Vince Pinnick.

Diane Meyer said Tom has been an inspiration in her family. "I have a nephew who from the time he was this big would watch Tom or any weather on TV and said he was going to be a meteorologist and today he is a meteorologist and climatologist. I guess we owe that to Tom, right?" said Meyer.

After years of getting up extra early, Tom now has just one more early morning to go. "I'm going to be feeling extremely tired after being here tonight, but it'll be happy. One more, let's get up and do it and start a new life the next day," Tom said.

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