Monday, June 13, 2005
Bakersfield: Marge Hopkins, 1919-2005
Long before Doppler Radar and computerized weather graphics, Marge Hopkins presented the nightly forecast on KERO-23 in Bakersfield from 1955 (shortly after the ABC affiliate was launched) to 1974. Marge Hopkins wrote numbers and "H" and "L" indicators on a glass map, long before there was color television cameras and satellite weather images. Hopkins was years ahead of her time in becoming a female presence in what was very much a white-male industry.
Marge Stiles Hopkins died of complications from a stroke on June 8. She was 85.