good night, mr. fishman

Hal Fishman died this morning of colon cancer, which had been diagnosed last week after he had been rushed to the hospital for a serious infection.

For those of you not in the L.A. area, Hal Fishman was one of those news anchors who seemed to have been around since forever. He was a bit of an icon in these parts and was one of those guys whom you trusted to give you the straight news, even as local news became more and more sensationalist. Along with the late Jerry Dunphy and Harold Greene (who also anchored in San Diego when I lived there), Hal Fishman seemed to be a part of my life since my family moved to Los Angeles in 1981, when I was 15.

RIP, Hal. You’ll be missed.

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