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The blizzard of 1973!

The Way I See it

April 15, 2018
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

There are a few moments in our lives that clearly stick with us forever. I will never forget where I was when JFK was assassinated. 7th grade at St. Joseph's School in Chelsea. One of the mother's came and told Sister Gabrielis and everything came to a halt. We immediately stopped for a few minutes and prayed and then we were dismissed to go home. It was early afternoon.

Another moment that freezes in time is 9/11/01. Planes hit the Twin Towers in New York. I was at work and didn't have much time to follow the news at the time but it sure was a scary time. And we all remember where we were at both of these events.

Last Sunday, April 8, 1973, (as we again were getting snow), it was the 45th anniversary of the Great Blizzard of 1973?

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Almost all of Iowa was affected as the snow started falling and finally ended on Monday, April 9, some 18 or 19 hours later. As for the past week or so as this latest snow hit us, I heard so many stories of those days way back in 1973. SO, WHERE WERE YOU AND WHAT WERE YOU DOING DURING THE GREAT IOWA BLIZZARD OF 1973????

Me? I was living in Cedar Rapids living with about four other guys and we were mostly just concerned that we might run out of beer.

Deb, my girlfriend back then, (not hitched yet). was in Chelsea and what's a young guy supposed to do? Find an open bar and drink a beer or two.

Heh, heh............I did that back then every time we had a blizzard. Cedar Rapids was completely shut down.

Conrad Johnson, the weatherman from WMT, thought we might get 3-5 inches of snow. When the snow finally stopped, most of the state received somewhere between 12 and 20 inches of snow. And to top that off, many places afterwards had winds of 50-60 miles per hour. Drifts were something like 15 feet high in places and even snow plows were getting stuck.

Everyone has a "blizzard story." What was yours?

Share it with me at or call me at 319.327.4640. Love to hear it.

AND NEXT WEEK IS THE ANNUAL "PET PEEVE'S" COLUMN. Let me know what your biggest pet peeves are.

Have a great week and spring is coming!!!!



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