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85-year-old Ted Lungwitz didn't have far to go Wednesday to be transported back to the good old days.

As part of a the Sentimental Journey program, hospice patients are granted round trip transportation to a special place of their choosing.

Lungwitz dying wish was to return to the National weather Service where he worked as a longtime meteorologist.

"If you love what you're doing, you never leave that job," said his son-in-law, Danny Willden.

"I think Ted is probably a local legend in the weather community and the amateur radio community as well," said NWS meteorologist tom Magnuson, who spent the afternoon reminiscing with Lungwitz about his days at the weather station.

It was always more than just a job to to him--it was home.

"I grew up here," Lungwitz told News5.

Although the "home" looks a lot different since he retired in the 1980's.

"Things have come a long way," said Magnuson, with a smile on his face.

"Before it was a balloon.  It was a barometer.  It was writing stuff on a clipboard," said Willden, describing Ted's experience working as a meteorologist in the early stages of his career.

"That was their website--a clipboard."
  
40 years and a lot of new technology later, he 's still able to remember pieces of his past.

"We jogged a few of his memories I think today just through the times that we had together and through the stories that he told us," said Willden.

And perhaps his favorite memory will be the new one he made during Wednesday's visit.

"I will keep this in my memory for many months and many years to come," said Lungwitz with tears in his eyes.

"That will probably be with him until he's no longer with us in the physical world," Willden told News5.

"But then he'll be up 'there' giving the weather."

If you're interested in learning more about the Sentimental Journey program, click here.

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