Remember The Blizzard of 1978?

January 24, 2019

We’ve heard, and participated in, talk of the Great Blizzard of 1978 just lately. The consensus is that we’d like to experience certain fun parts of that great weather event again and none of the bad ones. Seems that seriously snow starved folks are willing to put up with a few days of blowing and drifting white stuff for a taste of that kind of excitement once again. I might be one of them.

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist

Being situated where we are in the middle of the mitt, we don’t often see official blizzards. There was a dandy in I believe January of 1966. And there were at least three official blizzards in March of 1972. The Blizzard of 1978 remains the classic storm in many minds. Schools were cancelled for several days. After the snowing and blowing was done the north was a winter wonderland, snowmobile playground for quite a while.

So now the BIG BUT for these snow wishes…and there is always a but or two. BUT, first and foremost, blizzard advocates don’t want anyone to be hurt in any way. People should stay home and off the roads when told to, BUT that does not happen any longer. There is a ‘you can’t tell me what to do’ attitude out there now. Some just have to go out and risk your life and their limbs just to say that they did so.

And of course there is the BUT we don’t want the power to go out or our comforts to be disrupted thing. Be prepared. Mother Nature makes no promises. Unlike the people we were during the Blizzard of 1978, we are now deeply connected to the rest of the world and especially to our immediate circles. Should this storm befall us we would all want to post blizzard photos for all of our snowbird friends to see. And they wouldn’t be those taken from the warm side of a window. We all want to show off. That snowy white photo will only reinforce your friends happiness at being in the sun and make them doubt your sanity.

BUT all of this cannot deter the growing blizzard crowd out there. Just remember a couple of old adages. IF wishes were horses then beggars would ride…and we would have a blizzard today and spring next week. The surest advice is this. Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it…and it won’t be what you want. BUT, in the meantime enjoy the falling snow and dream of blizzard days gone by.

The campaign to sort and organize my writing stuff is paying off, however slow the process proves to be. This week the photograph sorting continues. I can see that this will be a long process. Logically so. They didn’t get into disarray overnight. The photos have led me to put my Marion Presses in order. They have been shuffled and sorted and find themselves in categories based upon content rather than chronologically. Some have even gone into hiding in most unusual places.

By old Marion Presses I mean those from 1904, when existing records commence, through the 1960’s; Marion’s young adult years. I own a smattering of old papers from this era; enough for a good look at us and how we grew; and I am fascinated with how we grew. I’m hoping my recent tidiness will yield some long forgotten tales to tell.
1-25-19 MP Pines Marion Airport licenses
I did find a couple of items I searched for when the Marion Airport story was told earlier this month and share them as my photo this week. Shown is the Landing Field License for the Marion Airport as a Class One landing field. The other is the Airport Manager License issued to B.P. Schumacher for the Marion Airport. Both were issued in November 1948. Bernie was also the manager for the previous year. I thank cousin Paula for these great bits of Marion’s past. Her treasure is her grandfather’s pilots license, issued at the same time.

In the meantime, the sort continues. Who knows, maybe I’ll find those photos of from the Blizzard of ’78!



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