If anybody in the Portland television market can be called a legend it's Jim Bosley. In the TV business,The Boz simply had it.
It is that intangable something that causes the viewers to watch a certain person. For almost 35 years Jim, was likely the most recognized television personality in Portland. What you saw on the air was the same Jim off camera. He was warm, open and a genuine nice guy.
I remember seeing him when I would be living at my moms house in Corvallis and later here in Portland in the late 1960s and early 70s. I was captivated by his warm and easy on air manner. He made the complex subject of meteorology simple and easy to understand.
I met Jim, for the first time in 1990. Willamette Week was doing on Portland weather anchors. I had just started working here at KGW about a year before. In those days KGW was at the bottom of the ratings, KATU number one in the market and Jim Bosley, was one of the main reasons. K2 was the power house in Portland TV. Jim came strolling in weather a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops.( He had a style all his own.) During the shoot I told him about growing up and watching him when I was 12 years old and how I alway wanted to me weatherman because of him. He laughed that big baritone laugh of his an just shook his head.
Over the years I saw Jim, on and off when ever we would meet he would remember the story of the first time we met. The last time I saw him was about 4 years ago. Rod Gramer, The News Director here at KGW brought Jim, into the station to try to lure him out of retirement and get him work for us on a part-time fill in basis. Even years after retirement Jim, still had that kind of name recognition with Portland viewers. Jim, turned us down happy to spend most time in in studio working on his artwork
I will miss the Boz he was truly a legend