My Lips are Sealed!

Years ago when I was the Chief Met at WSB-TV we had a reporter from Atlanta Magazine who came to our studios to write an “inside look” article on our news operation. I wasn’t really a part of the news department, but since I was one of the “anchors” I was included in his research. He hung around for about a week and seemed to be a nice guy. He was very friendly and he stayed around so long he became as familiar as a piece of the furniture.

After a while he came down to my weather office one afternoon. He climbed up on one of my map tables and swung his feet and engaged me in friendly conversation. After some casual talk he began telling me how terrible his job was. He had the worst boss and was relegated to doing dunk ass jobs and had to work weekends and holidays and he was just really unhappy with his job.

And then I said, “Huh, you think that’s something? Let me tell you about MY job!” And, echoing his complaints I commenced to tell him about how terrible WSB management was and all the stupid mistakes they had made and on and on.

About a month later one of my sub-bosses (I had several bosses. I think they needed more than one to watch me because they always worried that I was going to do something on the air that would turn the place into a parking lot) and he was carrying Atlanta Magazine. He said, “You are in a lot of trouble.”

I asked him why and he showed me the article the reporter had written. The son of a bitch had a tape recorder hidden on him, which he didn’t reveal when he talked to me, and he had quoted and printed everything negative I had said about my bosses and my job.

Obviously I kept my job for 10 more years but I never trusted the press from that day on. That’s why I understand why Trump got in trouble chatting with someone who had egged him on to brag about phony “conquests.” If you are a public person you should never say anything, even to your best friend, if you don’t want it used against you sometime in the future. I’m not in the workforce anymore but I promise you that even today every man in the world engages in “locker talk” with other men in private. When I worked we talked about sexual things and women and this or that hot babe. And it was all talk. Men love women and talk about them in real men’s terms. Melania Trump, answering a question about Trump’s “locker room” chat, said her husband was a real man and real men talk like that among themselves. That’s the truth and those Republican hypocrites who denounced Trump are simply professional liars. But then, that’s not news, is it?

 

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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1 Response to My Lips are Sealed!

  1. Susan Harris says:

    Always loved Johnny Beckman and his weather forecast. Now I plan to read some of his books!

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