Michigan residents remember blizzard ...

Michigan residents remember blizzard of '78

There are 46 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Jan 22, 2008, titled Michigan residents remember blizzard of '78. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

Michigan residents are remembering the 30th anniversary of 1 of the state's worst snowstorms this week.

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Since: Sep 07

Allendale, MI

#21 Jan 23, 2008
I REMEMBER THE BLIZZARD OF 1978 VERY WELL. I WAS
A RESIDENT OF MUSKEGON THEN, LIVING IN LAKESIDE,
ONLY SIX BLOCKS FROM LAKE MICHIGAN. OUR STREET
DIDN'T GET OPENED FOR FOUR DAYS, AND THEN IT WAS
THE ARMY'S FRONT LOADER THAT OPENED OUR STREETS.
WE HAD ONE CAR AT HOME IN THE GARAGE, AND THE
OTHER CAR BURIED IN THE SNOW AT THE PAPER MILL.
WE SNOWBLOWED OUR DRIVE WAY, BUT THE CAR IN THE
GARAGE WAS GOING NO WHERE. WE HAD A GREAT TIME
WITH OUR NEIGHBORS HAVING COFFEE, AND TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THE SNOW. THE SNOW WE ARE GETTING
NOW IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THAT BLIZZARD, MY KIDS
WERE HAVING MORE THAN CABIN FEVER, THEY COULD GO
NO WHERE EITHER. YES THE DRIFTS WERE TEN FEET HIGH ON LAKESHORE DRIVE IN MUSKEGON DURING THAT
BLIZZARD THAT LASTED FOR DAYS.
paula

Montague, MI

#22 Jan 23, 2008
John W wrote:
I remember clearly. I was a student at MSU and they closed school for two days, which was unheard of. If I remember correctly, the wind chill was about a minus 56. No kidding. I nearly froze to death returning from my night job at Wells Hall at 2:30 in the morning. It gave new meaning to the term tundra. Fellow spartans know what I am talking about. What a storm.
I, too, was at MSU during that storm. My sister, a coworker, and I were at the Kellogg Center waiting to take our insurance licensing exams. We had been there all week taking the classes and were anxious to get the test done and get home to Flint. Obviously our exam was cancelled. Two days later, they brought the examiners in on snowmobiles. We took the test, all passed with flying colors, and headed back to Flint in my great big old 1968 Cadillac! That old boat made it all the way back to Flint, despite huge drifts on I-69. My husband at that time was working for the Genesee County Road Commission. He had been at work for 2 days, unable to come home. I arrived home to find that our cat had eaten all of my house plants! It actually was kind of fun in retrospect. Tunnelling out of the Kellogg Center to get to a convenience store for snacks, adult beverages, and playing cards. I don't think I even had a pair of boots with me.:o)
Vicky

Brookfield, WI

#23 Jan 23, 2008
Ah, memories! I was pregnant with my first child and looked like a teddy-bear walking to the store in a snow mobile suit. And it wasn't long before the store shelves were nearly empty. We have photos of my dad and brother on the roof of their two story farm house, shoveling the drifts away from the windows!
just another mom

Caledonia, MI

#24 Jan 23, 2008
Funny, how no matter how old you were, you remember this! Shoot, I was only 5, and I still remember!! My aunt was snowed in with us, and we made home made taffy, and was pulling it through the whole house! Those who have asked, yes, the snow drifts were horrible! We have pictures of opening our front door to only be able to see out maybe a foot of daylight through the top! I lived on a farm, so just staying in wasn't an option, we had to dig our way to the barn still to take care of the animals! I bet there are many, many farmers who remember this very well!!
Mike

Lafayette, CO

#25 Jan 24, 2008
Used the blizzard as an excuse to stay at my girlfriends house (after I nearly died getting there). It worked. What a night!
Mike in Norton Shores

Lafayette, CO

#26 Jan 24, 2008
I remember that day vividly. Everything was closed. I hitch hiked a ride to within a mile of my girlfriends house and had to walk the rest. Included a stretch by a lake shore with 3 abandoned cars and 3-5 feet of snow. I almost panicked and thought I wouldn't get through. Once I reached my destination, her parents couldn't think of sending me back. What a night!!!
Leola Reeves

Salt Lake City, UT

#27 Jan 24, 2008
The Snowstrom of 1978, I was a nurse at Mercy Hospital. I couldn't get out of my driveway, and our road wasn't plowed. So a four-wheel drive came and picked me up, and all of us that got to the hospital, stayed there for three days. We worked two shifts and slept one each day. Then at the end of the three days another four-wheel drive came and brought me back home.
Rita VanderVen

Colorado Springs, CO

#28 Jan 24, 2008
I remember the blizzard of 78 well! I had just moved from North Carolina to Michigan to attend Grad school at WMU. I lived a few blocks from campus and the snow was knee deep everywhere. I remember cross coutry skiing down the middle of Stadium Drive in downtown Kalamazoo. I also remember the National Guard checking on residents and taking food to the elderly. As a college student, I recall that although the local conveniece store had milk,the typical "college libations" seemed to be sold out!
Penny in Grand Rapids

Littleton, CO

#29 Jan 24, 2008
I was living in Old Orchard Apt. facing east with direct view of the corner of Alpine Avenue and 4 Mile. Not much of anything was moving. We were on the third floor. There was so much snow the drifts almost covered the first floor apartments sliding patio doors. I'll never forget it.

“Take time to smell the roses”

Since: Jan 08

Hudsonville

#30 Jan 25, 2008
I remember the storm all too well I had to cancell my wedding on that friday. It was a nasty storm. We did get married the next weekend . The snow we had just recently is nothing compared to that. I have picture of us at the church looking with the snow piled high. What a winter that was.
MARIE FISHER

United States

#31 Jan 25, 2008
IN JANUARY OF 78 MY SOON TO BE HUSBAND AND I CAME FROM MISHAWAKA IND. TO MEET WITH OUR PRIEST SO WE COULD GET MARRIED ON FEB. 4TH. ON OUR WAY HERE IT WAS BEAUTIFUL BUT WE SPENT THE NIGHT AT MY PARENTS HOUSE AND WOULD LEAVE IN THE MORNING. WE COULD NOT LEAVE! EVERYTHING WAS SNOWED IN. SO MY MOM MADE A BIG POT OF CHICKEN RICE SOUP AND MY SISTER AND NEW BROTHER IN LAW CAME OVER AND WE ALL PLAYED CARDS AND ATE! WE WOULD WATCH PEOPLE WALK TO THE STORE TO BUY BREAD, MILK AND BEER! ON FEB 2ND WE WERE ABLE TO LEAVE AND WE HAD TO DO A WINDOW DISPLAY FOR MY HUSBANDS STORE, THEN GO DOWN TO FORT WAYNE IND. TO GET OUR RINGS, AND THEN BACK TO MUSKEGON TO GET MARRIED. HIS FOLKS COULD NOT COME IN FROM TOLEDO OHIO SO HE HAD NO FAMILY HERE. WE HAD A NEW ENGINE PUT IN OUR CAR ALSO AND THEY KNOCKED OUT THE WIREING HARNESS SO WE LEFT ON OUR HONEYMOON (TO TOLEDO OHIO) WITH NO HEAT OR DEFROSTERS IN THE CAR. OUR DOGS (2) WERE WITH US AND COVERED UP IN BLANKETS AS WERE MY NEW HUSBAND AND MYSELF. WE SCRAPPED THE WINDOWS AND HAD TO STOP EVERYNOW AND THEN AND GET SOME HOT CHOCLATE TO WARM UP AND THOW OUT OUR FEET! THAT WAS 30 YEARS AGO AND WE ARE ABOUT TO CELEBRATE OUR 30TH ANNIVERSARY!
Jeff

Grand Rapids, MI

#32 Jan 25, 2008
I lived in downtown Rockford and was 17 yrs old. I remember I didnt want to get stuck with my sister so I walked to my friends house on silver lake. There were people sledding down the 10 mile hill in town. Others sledding their groceries from the IGA to home. I hitched a ride from a snowmobile at the trading post to silver lake. Never saw one car on the road.
pat from west olive

Holland, MI

#33 Jan 25, 2008
i lived in Borcluo 1978 and had to cancell my daughter wedding because of
the blizzard and 96th was like going through a tunnel the snowbanks where so high
snow

Rockford, MI

#34 Jan 25, 2008
We lived off Ann st in an alley,My husband and neighbors had to shovel from Ann st all the way down our street so I could bring our new baby home,I tdidnt look that bad out of Butterworth hospital windows until we were driving home, I cant remember any snow like that since then.So Im not complaining one bit about the snow fall so far this year. I rememeber the doctors and nurses that couldnt leave the hospital either,The did a great job,so did the weather guys!

Since: Oct 07

Big Rapids, MI

#35 Jan 25, 2008
I had only just turned 7 that December, but I remember my mom, had to shovel off our roof because she was afraid it was going to cave in. My dad was stranded out of town somewhere. The snow pile from that was huge. My brother sister and I played on that snow pile, and had the greatest time ever.
juniorsixtoes

Grand Rapids, MI

#36 Jan 25, 2008
how can i ever forget i worked on 44th and kalamazoo area in nursing with closed head injury cases i actually went to work on a snowmobile i stayed at work till it was ok to leave i slept there i ate there i worked there we took shifts seeing to it that the residents were taken care of i was happy to be able to get home to my family that was a rough time in my life as it was for many
Kevin

Loveland, CO

#37 Jan 25, 2008
We were up at Gaylord for my Dad's business, and we got stranded there for a few days. Well, not really stranded, but since you couldn't get out, we got some free days at the local Holiday Inn.

We'd see on the television all the cold and snow, and then head for the indoor pool!

When we finally got home about four days later, there was a lot of shoveling to do. But I made a bunch of money shoveling off roofs for the neighbors.
Annette Hyma

Grand Rapids, MI

#38 Jan 25, 2008
During the blizzard of 1978, I was 15 yrs old, I had my tonsils taken out at Gerber Hospital in Fremont and the only way home was on a snowmobile.
Amy

United States

#39 Jan 25, 2008
I remember vividly having to go the the Holland Hospital ER for myself--7mos pregnant w/ my second son--being taken there by my husband at the time and holding my 17 month old son on my lap in our 1973 Volkswagon...scary and crazy and very quiet in the ER!!
Dawn

Battle Creek, MI

#40 Jan 25, 2008
I remember my car was totally buried in snow, and it was orange. I had to use my cross country skis to get downtown to GRJC for exams, it was one of the only schools that was not closed. Busses were not even running. I have never in my life seen so much snow. I try to explain this to my children and they just can't comprehend the amount unless you see it for your self.

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