Franklyn Field Biography – Franklyn Field Wiki
Franklyn Field best known as Dr. Frank Field or just Dr. Frank is an American television personality and meteorologist who was on TV in New York City for five decades, reporting not only on the weather but also on science and health topics. He was instrumental in publicizing the Heimlich Maneuver to aid food choking victims. He carries the Seal of Approval of the American Meteorological Society. He was a resident of Montclair, New Jersey, before retiring to Boca Raton, Florida.
He was a first lieutenant and meteorologist with the 8th Air Force during World War II in the European Theater. His meteorological training was at Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a B.A. in geology from Brooklyn College, a B.S. in optometry from Columbia University, and an O.D. degree from the Massachusetts College of Optometry. He was on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Department of Preventive and Environmental Medicine.
He started his career in 1958 at WRCA-TV – which became WNBC-TV in 1960 – remaining there for over 25 years. He was friends with Johnny Carson and was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. On August 12, 1984, he moved to rival WCBS-TV, where he worked for 11 years. Later, he moved to WNYW-TV for two years before ending his weather forecaster career at WWOR-TV.
He was noted for his science reports on new technology and medicines. In the 1970s and 1980s, he hosted a nationally syndicated program on health originating from WNBC, called Health Field, and anchored a similar health news program on WLNY for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, called Medical Update. He also did a documentary called Plan To Get Out Alive where he used a simulated house fire to show viewers how to survive that catastrophe. He won a local Emmy Award for his work. He has now been replaced from Medical Update to retire in Florida.
Franklyn Field Age
He was born on March 30, 1923, in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
Franklyn Field Wife
He is married to his wife Joan Field.
Franklyn Field Children
He has two children Storm Field born in 1948, who was a meteorologist, and Field Allison who was also a meteorologist for WCBS-TV. She also appeared in a few movies, playing reporters or newscasters.
Franklyn Field Family
He is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. The original family name was Feld, which is German for “field”. It was changed to Field to Americanize his last name. His parents emigrated to America in 1909; his extended family that remained in Europe perished during the Holocaust. He returned on assignment from WCBS to search for remnants of his family and produced a one-hour special Journey of the Heart, which included an emotional interview with Eli Wiesel.