Celebrating Dick Goddard: Surprise guests, awards, and sharing memories

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A voice for the four-foots; a legendary weatherman; creator of the Woollybear Festival.  And, that's only the beginning.

You have welcomed Dick Goddard into your living rooms for more than 5 decades, but now, he's retiring.

Back in May, Goddard announced he was going to "step away from the weather maps," so he could focus 100% on animal advocacy.

Mr. Goddard's career has extended over 55 years, and over that time, he has been extremely busy off the air, too.

He was a statistician for Cleveland Browns radio for 40 years.

In the 1970s, he started the largest outdoor event in Ohio: the Woollybear Festival, which draws 100,000 people each year.

Woollybear Festival in 2013

And, above them all: his never-ending love for animals. Goddard has fought for the four-foots, so much so, that a law was named after him: Goddard's Law. It went into effect in September, and makes it a fifth degree felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal. This includes depriving a pet of food, water or shelter or inflicting long-term pain. Protecting pets is a battle Goddard will continue to fight.

Dick Goddard/APL

Now, today-- decades after he first appeared on-air-- Goddard will give his final forecast.

Join us for many surprises including special guests, awards, and so many memories.

That's all today on FOX 8 News at 6 p.m. and here on FOX8.com.

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