He may be the only Houston Meteorologist with a Ph.D., but did you know that FOX 26's Dr. Jim Siebert once toured the world as a singer?
Here's something else: Dr. Jim was legally deaf until the age of eight. He spent much of his youth in hospitals, while doctors tried to figure out his hearing issues. In fact 'Jimmy' was about to enter a school for the deaf when doctors decided to perform a last-ditch surgery. That surgery worked, and Dr. Jim got busy learning how to hear.
Here are some other things you probably didn't know about Dr. Jim:
He plays the drums.
He was an Air Force ROTC cadet in college.
After an eight-year hiatus from competing, he recently completed the Katy Triathlon.
Dr. Jim is also an accomplished vocalist. His plans to attend Brigham Young University were sweetened by a voice scholarship, and he even toured the world with his college choir. At one point, however, Dr. Jim realized that his true passion was meteorology, and he switched gears in a big way.
What was the worst job he ever had? "Right out of college", says Dr. Jim, "I worked at a factory putting little bags of vitamins into big bags of vitamins."
Dr. Jim has been married for 17 years. His wife Debbie is a professional opera singer, and she and Dr. Jim have four children. When they were first married, money was very tight, so Dr. Jim introduced 'date night at home'… a tradition that continues to this day. "It's always a surprise", says Dr. Jim. "Earlier in the day, I'll buy special foods and pick up a movie. After Debbie puts the kids to bed, I'll surprise her with our date."
What about pets? The Sieberts love animals and currently have a dog named Fritz, a cat named Tiggy, and a lizard named Godzilla. As a child, though, Dr. Jim had turtles. "I named them all Jimmy," says Dr. Jim, "and they all died. It was a death sentence becoming my turtle."
What else does Dr. Jim remember from his childhood? Because he grew up so hard of hearing, Dr. Jim often misunderstood what other people said. "Once I thought my parents told me ‘we're going to Disneyland'", says Dr. Jim. "I got so excited, I ran to tell my brother and sisters." Of course, that's not what his parents said, but they felt terrible… and the Siebert kids got a trip to Disneyland.
These days, however, Dr. Jim is just as happy spending time with his family outdoors, tending his vegetable garden, and surprising Debbie with 'date night at home'.