Tom Brokaw. A True Gentleman.

Well, now the women are crawling out of the woodwork to accuse Tom Brokaw of “sexual harassment.” I worked with Tom for a little over two and a half years at WSBTV in the ‘60s. I visited with him and his wife Meredith at their home. They were a devoted couple and are still married after all these years. Tom and I were not “hang out buddies” but I knew him as well as I knew anyone on the staff. And we kept in touch after he left and went first to NBC in CA. At one time he urged me to come to CA for an opportunity in “show business.” I chose to stay in ATL. He then went to NYC as a reporter and traveled all over the globe and we lost touch. We are opposites in our political viewpoints – he is a liberal; I am a conservative.

From my own experience I know there were some “personalities” at WSB in those days who would screw anything that resembled a woman if given half a chance. I was not one of them. And neither was Tom Brokaw. He was one of the most strait-laced people I have ever known, even to the point of being somewhat prudish. To some he might have appeared aloof, but truthfully he was a shy person off the air.

Were we staffers friendly with females? Sure. But in all my years there I never saw any unseemly activity toward any woman at that station. What they did on their own time was none of my business.

But I cannot believe that Brokaw changed so diametrically after he left WSB into some kind of sexual predator. It is just inconceivable to me. He was just Not that type of man.

I’m inclined to think that many of these women who claim, after 30 or 40 years, of someone “molesting” them are just opportunists who are after easy money.

And there is not a soul on this earth who could ever convince me that Tom Brokaw took advantage of ANY woman. The character of a man is formed early on in their lives. Tom Brokaw, the son of a military family, was a straight-arrow nice man. There is no way he could have changed his character so radically as to prey on women.

Of all the claims that are now out there this one, take it from me, is total bullshit.

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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, "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 and available from . .
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1 Response to Tom Brokaw. A True Gentleman.

  1. Bill Ronay says:

    Say anything about anyone… Thence they are forced to defend themselves against “ghosts”. Next news cycle will include latent accusations against Walter Cronkite.

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