Getting Personal: WICD weather forecaster Matt Brickman
What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?
2:15 a.m., seriously. In the first hour, I shower, get dressed, eat, drive to work and start piecing together that day's forecast.
What did you have for lunch today? Where? With whom?
Grilled chicken and rice at home in Mahomet with my wife (This was at 7:45 a.m., however).
Best high school memory:
Freshman year football, throwing two touchdown passes to my best friend against our school's biggest rival. Sadly, this was the peak of my athletic career.
Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes.
My new Saucony running shoes; I'm training for the Illinois Half-Marathon. The guys at Body & Sole helped me pick them out, and they've been great.
What does a perfect Sunday afternoon include?
Watching every NFL game, eating buffalo wings and, ideally, not showering or getting off the couch.
Was there one book you read as a child that you still cherish? Own? Read?
I wasn't a big reader as a kid, but my favorite book was always "Where the Wild Things Are."
Where on Earth are you dying to go? Why?
I'm dying to go BACK to Tahiti. I was there for my honeymoon and, after being there, I have no desire to be anywhere else.
Tell me about your favorite pet.
I have two cats and a dog. If pressed to choose, I'd go with my dog Gus. There's nothing like a smiling face and a wagging tail to greet you after a long day at work.
Have you discovered as you matured that you are becoming like one of your parents? Which one and how?
Maybe a little like my dad. I admire his drive and work ethic and I try to emulate it the best I can.
What would you order for your last meal?
My wife Kate's lasagna with a big glass of red wine.
What can you NOT live without?
My iPhone, uh ... I mean my wife, Kate.
Who do you have on your iPod?
Lots of podcasts, all from ESPN or NPR. That makes me well rounded, right?
What's the happiest memory of your life?
The Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series – I actually cried. (Sorry, Sweetie, I love you!)
If you could host a dinner party with any three living people in the world, whom would you invite?
Bill Clinton, Chuck Klosterman and Conan O'Brien.
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
As a college senior, I was told, very plainly, "Go get a job." I called every TV station in town. They, of course, all told me "No." I did, however, get an internship from WICD out of those calls, and two months later, I had a job producing "Sunrise this Morning."
What's your best piece of advice?
If you want something, be aggressive. Go after it all the way. The worst thing that can happen is they'll tell you no.
What was your first job, and how much did you make an hour?
I was a "patient transporter" at a hospital in New Jersey. Basically, I took patients from their rooms to tests and back. I made a little better than minimum wage, $7.50 per hour, I think.
What was a pivotal decision in your career, and how did you arrive at that decision?
After a year in news, and three days before my wedding, I was asked by my news director if I'd like to try weather. I told her I'd think about it over my honeymoon. My wife and I figured it couldn't hurt to try something new. Luckily, I fell in love with it. I can honestly say I really enjoy my work.
Do you have a bad habit? What is it?
I'm addicted to my iPhone. I have trouble going more than an hour without checking the radar, my e-mail or Twitter.
How do you handle a stressful situation?
Everything slows down for me. I'm one of those weirdos that really like stress. I think it's one of the biggest reasons working in TV appeals to me.