One of Us: John Bolaris

The amiable, Emmy-award-winning Fox 29 meteorologist—and longtime man-about-town—takes a minute from his busiest season to come clean about his fear of commitment, his man-love for Howard Stern, and the Philly restaurant even he can’t get into

My full name is … John Edward Bolaris.

I am a … Greek-American.

I was born in … Long Island, New York.

I’ve lived in Philadelphia for … 15 years.

The thing I like most about myself is … my compassion for others.

The thing I would change about myself is … my commitment phobia.

My greatest extravagance is … eating out almost every day of my life. Including breakfast and lunch.

My perfect Philly day is … any day with my little girl. On the day I wrote this, I went to see her sing at her school concert — amazing. They sang We Are the World, a Michael Jackson tune. She’s six.

My fictional hero is … Batman. (The Batmobile is awesome.)

My real-life hero is … my mom.

The best thing I own is … my house in the Hamptons. It’s the only thing I own, besides my clothes.

Vetri or Garces? Garces. Can’t get a reservation at Vetri.

The question I get asked the most is … “Is it gonna snow? And how much? And at what time?”

One thing this city doesn’t have that it really needs is … a better taxi system.

My greatest fear is … blowing a forecast.

The best place to vacation is … Anguilla. No traffic lights.

If I could have any other job, I’d be … a professional ball player.

The best book I ever read is … Beach Road by James Patterson.

The thing that people generally don’t know about me is … that I was in the Air Force.

The best thing on television is … Boardwalk Empire.

The best bar in this city is … any bar that lets me in. Although Mac’s Tavern and GiGi in Old City are great hangs.

My greatest achievement … is my daughter, Reina Sofia.

The person I most envy is … Howard Stern. He came from nothing and worked extremely hard and took a lot of crap to become the very best at what he does. He’s a down-to-earth guy despite his wealth and fame. And he loves and adores his wife.

Being on television … makes one a little paranoid.

I’m just so sick of … Twitter.

The most trouble I’ve ever been in … is something I’m not allowed to say.

If I could switch places with one person for a day, it’d be … Paul McCartney.

My pet … is a cat my little girl and I rescued from PAWS. My girl named her Harry Potter.

  • john

    One of us??? Please. He is from New York – Left NBC10 to go back there – and only returned when he got fired. Also he spends very little time with his daughter and abandoned her mother. He spends his weekends getting high and trying to pick up young girls in bars. He is not one of us

  • rett

    If you are the creepy old guy in the bar trying to pick up underage girls, John Bolaris is one of you. If you rooted for the Yankees in the World Series, John Bolaris is one of you. If you are Dull Normal on the IQ scale, John Bolaris is one of you. But he is not one of us!

  • http://facebook anne

    You are a real Jerk.You got what you asked For….