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1975: Pie-throwing at WSOC

Photos taken by one of the pranksters, Roger Ball, who has kept his role a secret since 1975.
Photos taken by one of the pranksters, Roger Ball, who has kept his role a secret since 1975. © Roger Ball

There Were Tart Words After The Pie at WSOC

By Charlie Hanna, Observer staff writer, April 30, 1975

“At approximately 11:20 Monday night, Russ Dubuc had finished his climatic report to WSOC-TV viewers. The precisely groomed weather man sat down at the desk across from anchorman Bill Walker to engage in a traditional moment of banter.

Walker looked off the set and, in what seemed genuine amazement and concern, said something approximating “What the --?” A ski-masked man was coming at Dubuc, accompanied by a lemon meringue pie. He tossed the pie in a very surprised Dubuc’s face.”

The “hit men” were never caught.

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