For over 30 years, Don was a customer and spokesman for Bill Haynes Company. Thousands of Bill Haynes customers received an original Gusty drawing to share with family and friends, and to remember Don and Gusty.
In 1954 Don Woods and Gusty joined KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa. During each weather cast, Don drew a Gusty denoting the upcoming weather conditions. The popularity of Don and Gusty grew throughout portions of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas until they were household names. Don was a meteorologist, artist, author, illustrator, mentor, and friend to multitudes. Don and his little cartoon character, Gusty, bound a place in our hearts and Oklahoma history. Shortly after celebrating 50 years, Gusty became Oklahoma's official state cartoon symbol - the first cartoon for any state in the United States.
Don Woods received numerous awards and recognition. In 1998, Don was made an Honorary Okie From Muskogee. In 1989, He was made Oklahoma's Honorary Meteorologist. He was a Pioneer Award recipient in 1993 from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and recognized in 2003 as a Tulsa Press Club TV Icon.