LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- He had already been working for WHAS Radio and TV when he boomed this words over Channel 11, "This is the 1964, WHAS Crusade for Children".
Milton Metz was the announcer that night and he has been involved in every Crusade since the beginning.
The Crusade was still a young endeavor when Milton said those words, but by 1964 he was already the face and voice of WHAS TV and Radio.
So was to his true delight when I delivered to him 111 cards sent in by you, the viewers, one woman had drawn artwork of sunflowers on the front of an envelope.
People wrote how they grew up listening and watching to him during his 50-year career.
They remembered his work with WHAS' Phyllis Knight and his trailblazing interviews with a young Cassius Clay.
He put him on the air at time of segregated times and took heat for it.
Some folks included pictures of themselves and former co-workers also wrote in from around the country. Viewers and listeners addressed him as Milt, Uncle Miltie, and Mr. Metz.
He broke his shoulder in his latest fall, but told me this, "They've been very good to me here and they take good care of me and I'm walking a bit. Physical therapy helping me quite a bit.”
“When you look at this stack of 111 cards what's going through your mind?” I (Doug Proffitt) asked.
“When I look at this stack of cards I feel it in my heart that 111 families would think enough to write me a get well card and who are these people? Do they still remember me? I'm really grateful, and to you too Doug."