Captain Sandy & Isabel
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Yo ho ho, what's the weather going to be, here is Captain Sandy with the weather he has found, for Savannah and for Chatham and the counties all around.
Captain Sandy would come out wearing a vaguely nautical cap and blazer (something akin to 60's TV sitcom yacht owner. This was the early 60's and the captain's nightly appearances on WTOC were a relic from the earliest days of television.
Captain Sandy's big thermometer was temperamental and would fidget before revealing tomorrow's high. A stuff seagull would be lowered from the ceiling, I forget what information he brought to the captain.
The high point was always when Captain Sandy opened Davey Jones' locker to get the tide information out of Calamity Clam who'd always try to bite the captain.
By the mid-60's he lost his title and took to wearing a suit and tie.
Hard to imagine Captain Sandy doing the hysterical song and dance over Hurricane Isabel as RTP's local newsfolk are. Isabel won't be coming to Raleigh-Durham. We'll get some 40 - 50 mph winds and a few inches of rain. Come tomorrow we'll be back to partly sunny. Of course having a raggedy Anne doll chat with Captain Sandy wouldn't have hit the right note.
(Damn if I can reach any news sites this a.m. People searching the web for news of Isabel have knocked some of the local news websites offline.)
Cab Calloway's irresistible clowning has long obscured his versatility as a singer. It doesn't help that American music publishers mostly release the same small body of songs over and over again. Thankfully the Europeans a more expansive selection of Calloway's singing.