WCCO TV Personality Sherm Booen Dies

Sherm Booen, better known as "Mr. Minnesota Aviation" died April 7 at the age of 97.
Booen, from Richfield, Minnesota, was inspired by Minnesotan pilot Charles Lindbergh and his solo transatlantic flight and from then on he had an intense interest in flying according to the Star Tribune.
He learned how to fly at a field near Albert Lea while he worked at KATE radio and in 1942 he was able to continue doing both when he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces and the Marine Air Reserve in Korea and Japan reported the Star Tribune.
In 1952 when Boone returned to Minnesota he started working at WDGY and then WCCO radio where he hosted "World of Aviation", the world's only regularly scheduled aviation television program, reported WCCO. The show ran for 28 years.
According to the Star Tribune Booen's friends say that his passion for flying was passed to many others with his show and his magazine, Minnesota Flyer, that launched in 1960 and for those reasons he was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 1995.
He was also inducted to the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2002 according to WCCO.
In his spare time off the air he was flying his Beechcraft Bonanza where he and his family often took part in traveling to fly-in breakfasts reported the Star Tribune. Booen is survived by a sister Mary Leone Sonksen and his one grandchild, D'Ette Mullinix.

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