September 23, 1928: Birth of Duluth newscaster (and sometimes actor) Roger Grimsby

On this day in 1928, future Duluthian and newscaster Roger Grimsby was born in Missoula, Montana where he was adopted by Lutheran minister Oscar Grimsby and his wife Ragna. Four years later Reverend Grimsby took a position with Duluth’s Zion Lutheran Church and moved his family to the Zenith City. According to biographer David Ouse, Grimsby had planned to be a minister like his father, but after working as an Army broadcaster in Tokyo while serving in the Korean War, “Roger began a series of news jobs at WEBC Radio in Duluth.” Those jobs eventually landed him at WABC in New York, where he became a legendary local newsman and was “credited with originating the ‘chatty”’ style of delivering the local news that was imitated around the country.” Grimsby was so well known, he was cast to play himself or a national newscaster in several movies and television shows, including the original Ghost Busters. Read more about Roger Grimsby here.

Roger Grimsby. (Image: Public Domain)by