A Short Biography of Percy Saltzman
Percy Saltzman was born in Winnipeg, Man., in 1915. His parents, Solomon Saltzman and Lizzie Ross, born in Ukraine (1880), came to Canada in 1911. They married in 1914.
His folks then moved to Neudorf, Sask., where they operated a mom-and-pop general store selling groceries, hardware, skins, guns, tobacco, bolts of materials, tea. A lot of items were sold in bulk (Percy remembers the big barrels). The store was populated with farmers, Indians (Native born Canadians) and the R.C.M.P.
Ten years later (1925), his family upped stakes, shook off the dust of the flatlands and moved to hilly Vancouver, B.C., for a better education and a better future.
In Vancouver he got educated to University of British Columbia levels, winning sundry prizes in athletics and academicals, eventually moving to Montreal's McGill Medical School, destined to become a doctor. Not to be.
In Montreal, he left McGill and married Rose (1935).
In 1937 he moved to Toronto where he became a printer (a linotype operator).
In 1943, he went into meteorology, as a Met. Officer in the BCATP (British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (1940-1945), the Aerodrome of Democracy, following which Percy remained in meteorology as a full time employee of the official federal weather service for 25 years (1943-1968).
In 1953 he became Canada's first TV Weatherman (1952-1982). He also did hundreds of interviews with all the famous people of his time. On top of all this he also did Radio broadcasting.
In 2002 he was awarded The Order of Canada and in 2004 he became a member of The Broadcast Hall of Fame.
Married twice: Rose (1935-1988) and Audrey (1990 to present).
He reports the only thing happening today is the sound of his creaking bones.
|Wife||Rose Kogan Saltzman (1911-1988)
|Sons||Earl Saltzman (born 1942)
Married - Judy Cass
Paul Saltzman (born 1943)
|Great Grandchild||Riley Alexandra (born 2006) (Aaron)
|Brothers||Ken Saltzman (born 1924)
Morris Saltzman (1918-1988)
|Sister||Eva Saltzman (1921-1971)|
|Father||Solomon Saltzman (1880-1960)|
|Mother||Lizzie Ross Saltzman (1880-1965)|
|Brothers||Misha Kogan (1904-1985)
Sam Carr (1906-1989)
|Sister||Polly Kogan Robins (1913-2006)|
|First Cousins||Irve Zeil (born 1920)
Roxie Zeil Wiseman (1914-2003)
|Second Cousins||Bevy Wiseman Kagan (Roxy)
Sandy Wiseman (Roxy)
Phyllis Wiseman (Roxy)
|Percy's Wife||Audrey [née Modeland] Saltzman (born 1930)|
|Husband||C. Alan Ford B.Sc., M.A. Sc. (1927-1988)|
|Sons||Fredric Ford (born 1954)
Married Heather Ford
Robert Ford (born 1962)
Married Catherine Campolin
|Daughter||Julia Ford (born 1958)
Married Dianne Clare
|Grandchild||Carolin Ford (Robert) |
|Sister||Shirley [née Modeland] Millard (born 1934)
Married Ken Millard
|Cousins||Gordon "Gordie" Modeland
Married Kay Modeland
Patrick "Paddy" McIntyre
Married Margaret "Peg" [née Jarman] McIntyre (1921-1990)