Dr. Mel was truly an inspiration to thousands of people. I had the great and fortunate privilege working with Dr. Mel on a photo shoot for WTNH News 8. I had been photographing all of the on air talent, and I must say, I was extremely excited to work with such an incredible weather icon like Mel.

I arrived to his house around 5:00am, as we had planned to do the photos during the sunrise on his weather deck. As I arrived he was sitting at his kitchen table on his phone with a local radio station giving his forecast that would be played repeatedly throughout the day.

As I started to set up the lighting equipment, one thing I will always remember from that day is Mel standing up after giving his forecast, going right over to his grand piano, and just start playing. Come to find out, music was his other passion.

It was a pretty chilly morning in November when we did the photo shoot, but we got some incredible images, and I am so proud to have been a part of not only the ability to photograph Dr. Mel, but to also get to know him in the process and be inspired by just him talking about his passions.

Dr. Mel and his wife were also so very kind to everyone, truly people to take an example from. I could not have asked for a more comfortable setting and amazing hospitality for the photo shoot. Mel was just an absolute joy to be around as he lit up the room everywhere he went with his very contagious smile, something to never be forgotten.

This was not the first time Dr. Mel and I crossed paths though. The first time I actually saw Dr. Mel in person was at my College graduation, where he was the guest speaker and predicted a bright, sunny future for us all. I am truly honored to have known him.

Thank you for the inspiration, Dr. Mel.

Dr. Mel Goldstein passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2012.

Comments

  1. DR MEL WAS A WOUNDERFUL SWEET CAREING LOVEING KIND AND A FRIEND TO EVERYONE ONE HE ALWAY'S HAD A WOUNDERUL SMIEL ON HIS FACE I NEVER GOT A CHANGE TO MEET HIM IN PRSION BUT I DO KNOW HE WAS A WOUNDERFUL MAN HE WAS LOVED BY EVERYONE AND HAD A LOT OF FRIEND'S THAT LOVED HE A WHOLE LOT HE WAS A ROOL MOLDE FOR EVERYONE R.I.P DR MEL OUR WOUNDERFUL MEMORY'S WE HAVE OF YOU WILL LIVE IN OUR LIVE'S AND OUR HEART'S YOU ARE OUR ANGEL IN HEAVEN NOW WACHING OUR US AND SMIELING DOWN ON US FROM HEAVEN MY PRAY'S AND CONDES GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND ALL OF HIS FRIEND'S AND EVERYONE ON WTNH NEW CHANNEL 8 THAT WAS ALSO DR MEL FAMILY AND FRIEND'S MY PRAY'S AND CONDLS ALSO GO OUT TO YOU ALL AT WTNH NEW CHANNEL 8 DR MEL U WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE YOU FAMILY'S FRIEND'S AND EVERYONE ELES THAT KENW YOU FROM SOME OF US THAT NEVER GOT A CHANGE TO KNEW YOU IN PRSION YOU ARE OUR ANGEL IN HEAVEN WITH GOD AND THE ANGEL R.I.P OUR WOUNDERFUL ANGEL UTILL WE MEET AGINA YOU WILL BE MISSED WE ALL LOVE YOU DEARLY FROM LINDSEY RODRIGUEZ AND FAMILY

  2. kelly musshorn January 19, 2012

    I will always remember his smile...also he seem to have such a passion for life even in the face of cancer. As a cancer survior I always appreciate seeing someone doing what they love. CT will be a lonlier place without him but was also so lucky to have him. Again his smile is what I will remember most he smiled with his whole soul...and that is a gift to us all RIP DR. Mel

  3. I feel like I have lost a member of my family. Dr Mel was such a big part of my life. Seeing him on the air was like having a good friend everyday to listen to and connect with. He let my family know how to dress for the weather and let us know what to expect from the day ahead. I will truly miss him and his knowledge and warm smile

  4. Lynda Haag January 20, 2012

    I was saddened by the news that Dr. Mel had passed away. I have so many fond memories of watching him do his weather forecasts. Especially as a kid, glued to the TV praying that school would be cancelled! Dr. Mel made weather fun with his upbeat attitude and the big smile that never seemed to leave his face. His love of weather was infectious. And his passion for bringing the weather to all of his fellow residents of Connecticut, never seeing to want to retire due to his love of his profession. He used his celebrity to raise awareness of cancer and fought hard against the disease. Heaven now has the privilege of having not only a great weatherman but, an extraordinary person watching over us all. Rest in Peace, Dr. Mel.; you will most certainly be missed.

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