Blizzard of ’78
It’s hard for your superior correspondents to believe that the biggest winter storm in memory took place 30 years ago. Kudos to Bob Rose, Susan Boyce, and the folks at WJAR-TV (Channel 10) for their fine documentary on one of the defining weather events of the past century.
On a related note, Ocean’s Light Productions, operated by Brian Winnicki, Justin White, and Laura Chauvin, is developing a similar documentary. They are conducting two casting calls: Saturday, February 9 from 9 am-2 pm at the South Attleboro Cardi’s Furniture Store, and the second on Sunday, February 10 from 11 am-3 pm at the West Warwick store. They seek anyone willing to share personal stories, memories, home movies, and still photos.
Here is Jorge’s remembrance:
The Monday that the storm started was the first of two nights when the Young Adults were scheduled to play in New York City. Half the band had gone earlier, but I was always one to leave at the last minute. The first set wasn’t slated to start until 11 pm. The guys in New York were on the phone saying, “When are you coming?” When the gig was called off around 6 pm, the New York contingent took the opportunity to get really drunk — like they needed an excuse.
Meanwhile, as the snow kept coming, and our missed gigs piled up. I felt it incumbent on me to make some money, to keep my ass alive, and stumbled on a poker game going on in the apartment above me. Brilliant! Somehow, I escaped without actually losing any money.
Downtown, the National Guard had airlifted food supplies to feed people who were stranded on Interstate 95. At 99 Chestnut Street, regulars and employees from Leo’s took up the cause, and we cooked up a bunch of meals and served them to a bunch of folks who were cold and hungry, but really happy to be in such a congenial atmosphere. Reports were that there were also groups of people stranded at Lupo’s and that they were drinking, perhaps heavily. Imagine that.
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: Phillipe And Jorge
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