SALT LAKE CITY — Many of those who made KSL-TV News a nationally recognized brand met Thursday to share stories, catch up and see someone they all love: former KSL anchor Dick Nourse, who was recently diagnosed with cancer for the third time.
Nourse worked with KSL for 43 years before retiring in 2007. During his nearly four dozen years as an anchor for the station, Nourse battled cancer twice: in 1980 and again in 1996.
In December, Nourse underwent exploratory surgery at LDS Hospital, where it was found he had throat cancer.
On Thursday, though, it was smiles all around as old friends and co-workers gathered at Cinegrill in downtown Salt Lake City.
"This brings back so many memories," Nourse said. "I look at these guys and I think 1964, and about four of them here actually cut my audition tape for me and urged KSL to hire me. They said, ‘Hire this kid; it'll be all right one of these days.' "
One of those four was Merrill Dimick, a news director at the time who saw Nourse's potential.
"He did really well for a young kid from Grand Junction, Colorado," Dimick said.
For now, Nourse is more focused on getting healthy than anything else.
"I think I'm improving day to day, but it's a tough way to handle life," he said. "I'm down 43 pounds, and that's a tough way to lose weight. But I'm a little weak."
With the help of a physical therapist, protein shakes and most importantly his wife, Deb, Nourse said his energy is coming back.
"He's having a rough time because it's taken so long, and that would wear anybody out, but you know, he's doing good, he really is," Deb Nourse said.
Another of the famous trio of Nourse, Bob Welti and Paul James was part of the reunion, sometimes missing the old days — but retirement has its perks:
"(I'm doing) as little as possible," Welti said. "I'm really lazy, but I'm enjoying it."
Contributing: Stephanie Grimes