Don Woods "Gravely Ill," But In Good Spirits

We want to pass along an update on a Channel 8 icon, Don Woods, who has been gravely ill.

Don is now 84 years old. He spoke with Channel 8 News Director Carlton Houston Tuesday and says he's been in good spirits recently and enjoying the company of family and friends. As many of you know, Don was the meteorologist when KTUL first signed on the air back in 1954. On that same day, "Gusty," his beloved cartoon character, was born. Don wants everyone to know that Gusty -- who is now the official state cartoon of Oklahoma -- is still uplifting people and making them happy to this day. Don is also well known for a little orange booklet. It's called, "Do you know how to have a happy forever?"

It features Gusty's message that God loves you. Over the years, Don has passed out thousands of these books around the world. You can find information about the book at his website, There, you can also leave a note of encouragement for Don. You can also leave messages for Don here on and we'll make sure he gets them.