Piercey "P. J." Hoffstrom

P. J. Hoffstrom was a Chicago TV weatherman from 1948 through the 1960s. Working before the computer-generated visual backdrops available to TV meteorologist today, Hoff illustrated his weather maps with his own hand-drawn symbols, including cartoon characters. Hoffman, also a newspaper cartoonist, would write the temperature, and then turn it into a cartoon figure illustrating the current weather. Hoff became a national celebrity, featured on the cover of Life magazine with one of his hand-illustrated weather maps.