Longtime Berkshires weatherman dies

Longtime Berkshires weatherman dies

There are 19 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jun 25, 2008, titled Longtime Berkshires weatherman dies. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

George J. Bulgarelli, one of the most well-known meteorologists in the history of Berkshire County, loved weather all his life.

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concerned

Auburn, MA

#1 Jun 25, 2008
I grew up listenting to George. He was great and the constant voice of authority regarding weather.

Thanks George, have fun
Worried

Oceanside, NY

#2 Jun 25, 2008
I loved geoge. He will be missed!
Carolyn

Albany, NY

#3 Jun 25, 2008
As the mother of eight my Mom relied on his weather reports and school closings to prepare her brood for school (or not if there was enough snow!).
He will be missed.
Bob Cudmore

United States

#4 Jun 25, 2008
George Bulgarelli and I had a great time on Pittsfield radio station WBEC back in the 1970s.

We always hit it off and, if memory serves, I can take credit for publicizing Bulgarelli Spring (three weeks after calendar Spring) and Bulgarelli Winter (three weeks before calendar Winter). When those occasions arose each year, George and I would post a notice in Chase's Annual Events, which used to be and may still be a common resource for news organizations. George would get to do interviews around the country about this concept.

George and I used to goof around a lot. It's hard to capture in print but I wrote a parody song to the tune of the Hallelujah Chorus in which the word Bulgarelli was used instead of Hallelujah. The point was that George had been forecasting weather forever.

George and I had frequent run ins with management over his 7:25 a.m. weather summary which frequently dealt with politics, community events, practically everything except the weather. But everybody listened to hear what George had to say.

He was a very goodhearted man. Yes, he sometimes acted like a "know it all" but in actual fact he knew a great deal.

The best to Diane, Lil and Chris and his family.

Bob Cudmore
WVTL Radio
Amsterdam, NY
Bob Cudmore

United States

#5 Jun 25, 2008
Getting older I forget a few things--one sore point for George was the Old Farmer's Almanac.

His view was that the Almanac basically was wrong most of the time but everyone forgave them because the Almanac would by chance get a few lucky forecasts.

One year, George and I decided to make up our own Almanac to show that anyone could do it. We called it the Peoples Almanac and had listeners request weather for the different weeks of the year--for example one listener wanted snow flurries Christmas Eve.

If only we had made it a money making project!

The Almanac was a popular giveaway for WBEC and as the winter went on, the few times we actually were close to right---you guessed it, even the Eagle took notice that the Peoples Almanac was right on the money.

One other promotion we did was the George Bulgarelli Weather Rope which we gave to listeners with instructions. Such as, if the rope is moving it's windy. If the rope is wet, it is raining. If the rope can't be seen it is nighttime. You get the idea.

Good old George.

GMHeller

Since: Jan 08

Oakton, VA

#7 Jun 25, 2008
"In 1970, he predicted in an interview that air pollution might someday obscure the sun and create a near-eternal winter."

In the 1970's. the fear d'jour was global cooling.
Now, it's global warming.
Maybe, just maybe there was nothing to be afraid of in the first place.
the best

Waltham, MA

#8 Jun 25, 2008
george was the best. I remember growing up listening to him on the radio. He will be missed.
tidbits

Glens Falls, NY

#9 Jun 25, 2008
the best wrote:
george was the best. I remember growing up listening to him on the radio. He will be missed.
You must have had a boring life.
anonymous

United States

#10 Jun 25, 2008
Tidbits "must" be disrespectful.
Maria

United States

#11 Jun 25, 2008
To Derek Gentile,
Thank you for the wonderful article on George Bulgarelli. It was really nice to read it. Mr. Bulgarelli is my Great-Uncle and will be sorely missed. I am sure that the entire family would join me in saying Thank You.
Maria Bulgarelli Buchanan
diana b

United States

#12 Jun 26, 2008
To Derek Gentile,

Yes, it's truly a wonderful article. Mr. Bulgarelli will be missed!

Since: Jun 08

United States

#13 Jun 26, 2008
Bob Cudmore wrote:
Getting older I forget a few things--one sore point for George was the Old Farmer's Almanac.
His view was that the Almanac basically was wrong most of the time but everyone forgave them because the Almanac would by chance get a few lucky forecasts.
One year, George and I decided to make up our own Almanac to show that anyone could do it. We called it the Peoples Almanac and had listeners request weather for the different weeks of the year--for example one listener wanted snow flurries Christmas Eve.
If only we had made it a money making project!
The Almanac was a popular giveaway for WBEC and as the winter went on, the few times we actually were close to right---you guessed it, even the Eagle took notice that the Peoples Almanac was right on the money.
One other promotion we did was the George Bulgarelli Weather Rope which we gave to listeners with instructions. Such as, if the rope is moving it's windy. If the rope is wet, it is raining. If the rope can't be seen it is nighttime. You get the idea.
Good old George.
Bob, thanks for all this info - as you know, George was my Dad, and I love hearing these anecdotes.
Anon

Tampa, FL

#14 Jun 26, 2008
GMHeller wrote:
"In 1970, he predicted in an interview that air pollution might someday obscure the sun and create a near-eternal winter."
In the 1970's. the fear d'jour was global cooling.
Now, it's global warming.
Maybe, just maybe there was nothing to be afraid of in the first place.
Ah, still think you are more than you are. Keep on living in LalaLand....:-)
Richard Bulgarelli

United States

#15 Jun 27, 2008
Thank you for the nice article about my Uncle George Bulgarelli. Uncle George was one of four brothers that grew up in the Depression, then thrown into WW2. The family didn't have much but all four worked hard and provided opportunities for their children that they didn't have themselves. Thank God for George Bulgarelli and all those like him that have made this Country so great.

Since: Jun 08

United States

#16 Jun 27, 2008
Richard Bulgarelli wrote:
Thank you for the nice article about my Uncle George Bulgarelli. Uncle George was one of four brothers that grew up in the Depression, then thrown into WW2. The family didn't have much but all four worked hard and provided opportunities for their children that they didn't have themselves. Thank God for George Bulgarelli and all those like him that have made this Country so great.
Yes, I agree with cousin Richard- the WW2 generation was the best generation of Americans- despite a lot of problems that hadn't been worked out yet (such as integration, women's rights, et al) everybody pulled together in a common cause and crushed the bad guys!
diana bulgarelli

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Mar 10, 2017
Bob Cudmore wrote:
Getting older I forget a few things--one sore point for George was the Old Farmer's Almanac.

His view was that the Almanac basically was wrong most of the time but everyone forgave them because the Almanac would by chance get a few lucky forecasts.

One year, George and I decided to make up our own Almanac to show that anyone could do it. We called it the Peoples Almanac and had listeners request weather for the different weeks of the year--for example one listener wanted snow flurries Christmas Eve.

If only we had made it a money making project!

The Almanac was a popular giveaway for WBEC and as the winter went on, the few times we actually were close to right---you guessed it, even the Eagle took notice that the Peoples Almanac was right on the money.

One other promotion we did was the George Bulgarelli Weather Rope which we gave to listeners with instructions. Such as, if the rope is moving it's windy. If the rope is wet, it is raining. If the rope can't be seen it is nighttime. You get the idea.

Good old George.
Hi Bob. It's been a while and I still miss him; I have so many memories.

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#18 Mar 11, 2017
diana bulgarelli wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Bob. It's been a while and I still miss him; I have so many memories.
Bob Cudmore has an active website. Though he retired from radio in 2014 he now does a weekly podcast called "The Historians" about different people and their effects on our history. You can also use a contact link there to contact Bob directly.

http://bobcudmore.com/

I remember your dad fondly. I think our dads from the greatest generation were wiser and less selfish than the dads of today. Perhaps when America faces and defeats our next big crisis that may change.

God bless America.
Alert citizen

Austin, TX

#19 Mar 12, 2017
One goes ... one comes.
Heloise

Schenectady, NY

#20 Mar 13, 2017
Alert citizen wrote:
One goes ... one comes.
Is that how your mommy explained the difference between your two orifices, dear?

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