Former KOMO TV Anchor Dan Lewis Keynotes Apple Blossom Luncheon

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Dan Lewis Shares Memories and Love of Apples

WENATCHEE, WA – Former KOMO-TV News Anchor Dan Lewis shared memories of his career and his love of apples during Wednesday’s keynote to the All Service Club Luncheon in Wenatchee.  Now retired, Lewis shared stories of his early years in radio, his time in TV all over the country and his move to Seattle in 1987.  His was among many speeches during the Apple Blossom Festival’s annual event at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

The occasion was also highlighted by the recognition of Apple Citizen of the Year Todd Fryhover as well as this year’s Grand Parade Grand Marshalls, Clyde and Ruth Ballard.  Over 400 people turned out for Wednesday’s event, highlighting the work of service clubs throughout the Wenatchee Valley.

Tom Irwin of Apple Valley Kiwanis acted as master of ceremonies, which began with the Star Spangled Banner, sung by the Wenatchee High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  After recognizing service clubs in attendance and paying homage to the event sponsors, Apple Blossom Queen Gretta Wiersma addressed the gathering.  She thanked the volunteers for all their hard work and for the service clubs for being such a blessing.

Fryhover and Ballard’s Honored During Luncheon

Then it was on to recognizing honorees.  First to be introduced to speak was Apple Citizen of the Year Todd Fryhover.  He said he felt humble to be part of such a long list of distinguished persons to receive such an award.  Clyde and Ruth Ballard were introduced as Grand Marshalls of this year’s Stemilt Growers Grand Parade.  Clyde said, “you guys really snuck up on us.  We were the last people we could think of that could receive such an honor.  And what an honor it is.  Happy Apple Blossom!  Wave (during the parade), yell loud, and thank you again for this honor.”

Apple A Day Recipe Works For Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis’ keynote address began by his admission of a daily habit.  “It did get to be known once social media came out.  One of the little things that I would post was that every day at work (KOMO-TV), at 3 o’clock every day, I’d have an apple.  It was usually a Granny Smith.  Very often a Red Delicious or Fuji or Honey Crisp.  Or the occasional Opal if I could find one.  And even in retirement, I carry on that tradition today.  So, of the 10-to-12 billion apples harvested in Washington State, I am doing my small part.”

Lewis shared stories of his past career in radio, which led to television and that his love for baseball always drew him to want to be a sports play-by-play announcer.  He started his television news career in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He would eventually move to Washington, D.C. and in 1987, took a job at KOMO-TV in Seattle.  Lewis said it was the best move he’s ever made.

Lewis Tears Up Talking About Kathi Goertzen

Lewis also shared his special relationship with Kathi Goertzen, his co-anchor for so many years at KOMO.  Goertzen developed a brain tumor and passed away in 2012.  Lewis says he’s very active in helping to raise money for Kathi’s charity.  Lewis teared up when he said she would have turned 60 just last week.

Lewis said he’ll play in the Apple Blossom Golf Tournament on Thursday and then return to the quiet of his retirement in Seattle.  Although he admitted in an interview with NCWLIFE that he misses doing the news and, “don’t be surprised if I show up on KOMO-TV again in the future.”

For more on the Apple Blossom Festival, go on-line to www.appleblossom.org.