MINNEAPOLIS -- The first person ever to appear on what is now KARE TV passed away Tuesday morning.
Stuart A. Lindman was the first news personality to appear on WTCN (now KARE 11) and was one of the outstanding figures in the history of Minnesota television.
Lindman lost a long battle with pancreatic cancer: he was 87-years-old.
"Stuart a was a true gentleman, a true gentleman," recalled Al DeRusha, who directed Lindman's broadcasts for more than 20 years. "No matter where he was, who he met, he met people so easy, and he loved people... and they loved him."
As a boy, the man known to friends and viewers as 'Stuart A' dreamed of becoming a radio announcer, and changed his career plans at the University of Minnesota from medicine to broadcasting after getting involved at the university station, WLB.
After serving in the US Army during World War II and being wounded while fighting in the pacific, he became a staff announcer at WMIN Minneapolis/Saint Paul in 1945. He signed WMIN TV on the air for the first time in 1953, serving as newscaster, news director, and program director. After the station merged with WTCN TV in 1956, he continued as radio news director and television news anchor until 1973, when he became director of public affairs.
When the station changed its call letters to WUSA and later to KARE, it was Stuart A. Lindman who was the first to sign them on. He served for many years as the Twin Cities anchor for the Jerry Lewis muscular dystrophy telethons, and hosted channel 11's public affairs programs, which were very important to him.
"The magical thing about Stuart A., you could put him in news, weather, sports, the polka jamboree, the Jerry Lewis telethon, interviews, the guy was phenomenal," remembered DeRusha.
Lindman retired in 1987, but has been remained active with veterans groups, the Masonic Home, and many other community organizations.
His work earned Stuart A. Lindman a spot in the charter class at the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2001. "He cared about the community, he cared about people, he 'liked' people," recalled Pavek Broadcasting Museum Managing Director Steve Raymer. "It was never about Stu, it was always about the people he was interviewing, or the people he was doing a benefit for."
Final arrangements for Stuart A. Lindman's reviewal and burial will be available Friday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His wife Jacqueline says she welcomes friends and viewers, and is anxious to hear 'their' memories of Stuart A.
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