In what country?50 years ago? Hartford, Connecticut? Let's see, that puts it about 1960's, right? Oh, but I think you're very wrong, Hartford Connecticut was a terrible mess in the 1960's. Where are you getting your information? I used to carry a small axe under my jacket back then and pulled it out several times to end potential arguments. The only good thing about the place back then was that no one had enough money to afford a gun. Oh well, cheers all. If you see or hear from our carol please tell her we're all missing her terribly. I worked there until 1971 or so... just after that civic center collapsed. Oh I guess it could've been worse alright but things can always get worse you know.
Pictures: 1978 Hartford Civic Center Roof Collapse
On January 18, 1978, the Civic Center roof collapsed six hours after the University of Connecticut defeated the University of Massachusetts, 56-49. It collapsed into the arena below with a prolonged rumble at 4:19 a.m. The roof collapse was attributed to the weight of accumulated snow and ice from a 10-day storm. Miraculously, no one was hurt because the center was in the midst of an unusual three-day run of basketball games; no crews were inside making the changeover from basketball to hockey.``I'll just be thanking the Lord that no one died,'' said former Hartford Deputy Mayor Nicholas R. Carbone, the political leader most closely identified with the Civic Center. "That day when I got to the site and I saw it, I just thanked the Lord that it didn't happen five hours earlier.'' Just 12 hours after the collapse, working off a sketch on an envelope, City Manager James B. Daken announced the coliseum would be rebuilt "bigger and better."
( Hartford Courant. January 21, 1978. Web 1/11/2013 )