STURGEON BAY, WI (January 7, 2015) – The Door County Maritime Museum’s Maritime Speaker Series resumes Thursday, Jan. 7, with an appropriate presentation considering all the bizarre weather that has been sweeping the country by former Weather Channel executive Terry Connelly at the Sturgeon Bay museum beginning at 7pm.
The concept of niche television networks that range from cooking, history and even golf can trace their roots through the Weather Channel. Connelly served as senior vice president of programming and production for the fledgling network beginning in 1999. He has since retired and now lives with his wife Andi in a home the couple built on Lake Michigan 27 years ago near Baileys Harbor. He currently serves on the Door County Maritime Museum’s Board of Directors.
Connelly deflects much of the network’s success to the “fearless” crews which ultimately made celebrities of meteorologists like Jim Cantore, Mike Seidel and Stephanie Abrams.
“They really didn't get nearly the credit they deserved for what they went through, with little food or sleep, to report from the middle of l00-plus mph winds, blinding rain and utter destruction from the worst hurricanes in history,” said Connelly, referring to the work of his crews a decade ago. “They’d spend weeks on end during those historic hurricane seasons, sleeping in rental cars and living on cheese and crackers because stores and restaurants were either destroyed or closed because of power outages.”
The Maritime Speaker Series will continue on Thursday, Feb. 4, when the Door County Land Trust will present a program on the islands of Door County and specifically the work the conservation organization has been doing on some of them. The series wraps up on Thursday, March 3, when author Joan Forsberg will delve into one of the great mysteries of the Great Lakes with a talk related to her new book “The Wreck of the Griffon,” Robert LaSalle’s 17-century sailing ship that disappeared during a voyage to Green Bay.
Programs are free of charge with a nonperishable food donation requested. Call 920.743.5958 or visit www.dcmm.org for more information.