Willard Scott announces retirement plans after 35 years on TODAY Show

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TODAY is preparing to say goodbye to Willard Scott.

After 65 years with NBC, and 35 years at TODAY, Scott announced Friday his plans for retirement. His proper send-off will air on TODAY next Tuesday, but the anchors are already reminiscing about the TODAY legend.

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On Friday morning, one particularly wonderful story came to mind.

During the 1989 presidential inauguration, then-first lady Barbara Bush took a pit stop during the Inaugural Parade to give Willard a smooch.

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"Barbara Bush singled him out," Matt Lauer said. "A member of the first family chose to single out America's weatherman. And I remember smiling from ear to ear for Willard at that moment."

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As for why she chose to kiss Willard, Barbara said she didn't know who he was.

"I said, 'I don't know him I just love that face,'" Bush said.

And Willard responded, "How about that? I've been kissed by the best."

Tune in for Willard's full send-off on Tuesday, Dec. 15! And join in the goodbye using #ThankYouWillard.