The sad news from yesterday here in Connecticut was the announcement of the passing of a true weather and broadcasting legend. Dr. Mel Goldstein, meteorologist, lost his battle with cancer at the too young age of 66. There are a lot of TV and radio weathermen and women out there today but Dr. Mel was one of the few that stood apart. You trusted when you saw or listened to his forecasts that he knew what he was talking about. And he did it in a down to earth yet scientific way that endeared him to folks all around Connecticut. As a weather geek myself he was one of those people I would pay attention to then dive into the radar, maps and forecasts myself to see if I could figure out what was happening with our weather. He inspired us to learn and that’s what a teacher and scientist does.
So with all that in mind here is the patent of the day dedicated to the memory of Dr. Mel who always seemed to have a smile on his face no matter what the weather or what he was going through during his battle with cancer. I think this “Storm Garment for Letter Carriers” from William Carpenter of Bristol in 1909 would make that smile just a little bigger.