Blizzard of '78
Dave Thrillz

Patton, PA

#1 Jan 25, 2008
What I remember from the Blizzard of '78 was not only the huge drifts and blowing winds, but there was also a nationwide coal strike going on at the time. To conserve energy, I remember my high school dropping down their class schedule to 3 days a week with extra assigned homework to make up the difference. Every other ceiling light had the bulbs undone, the school's thermostats was set to 68 degrees and cold lunches were served. Those who's P.E. term involved swimming were exempted because they were not heating the pool at that time.
TH Greed

San Francisco, CA

#3 Jan 26, 2008
What I remember about 1978 was we were in the middle of moving and we used the porch for all our food and milk for we hadn't got the refrig yet. OMG that what a mess it was. We had just purchased a new ford 150 with the 460 4 barrel and I miss that truck.
Kay Scarpetta

Tyrone, PA

#4 Jan 26, 2008
I remember at that time my husband and I were CBers. We talked to a lot of the truckers who were stranded here. I remember that they said that their fuel would gel when it got as cold as it did. I remember with that wind it was hard to keep the house warm. My kids were thrilled to see all tha snow.
TH Greed

San Francisco, CA

#5 Jan 26, 2008
my kids mad snow forts, and tunnels. but your right I was cold all the time

United States

#6 Jan 27, 2008
While I did not exist during the '78 blizzard, my parents related their own experiences too me.

My mother had just married my dad and moved here from Virginia. She had never seen a blizzard before that. Frightened, she imagined that all winters here in Indiana were going to be like that. They did not lose power in their Brazil, Indiana home, fortuneately.

I think it would be really neat to see one of these frozen hurricanes. Until power is lost, that is.
new mom

United States

#7 Mar 28, 2008
during the blizzard of 78 i delivered my first child, a daughter. i had to shovel out my car and still couldnt get it to move. the my brother in law got his truck out of the 6ft snow drift and it took us 45 minutes to get to union hospital. ambulances couldnt travel. i delivered 30 minutes after arriving at the hospital. i still have the cover of the tribune for that day. jan 29, 1978
TH Casinos

United States

#9 Apr 19, 2008
Got stranded at the Northside of Indy in a hotel for 5 nites and 6 days. It was one lane all the way to TH when they would let a few people return home 5 days later
..A UPS trailer was broken into just west of the Indpl Intl airport..two snowmobiles came up to the stranded 25ft trailer, cut the security wire and the lock and proceeded to take as many large boxes as they could possibly take..and took off through the fields..I called the ISP and waited for someone to come...almost did not get back onto the one lane road.

As I drove down I465 west, I passed over 100 plus cars with "half-moon" indents on one side along the side of the road...the governors orders were..Clear any abanded vehicles and get the interstate open...You could see the "yellow" from the state truck snow plow blades in the sides of Mercedes to Toyotas back were a lot of po'd people the next several weeks on that one.

The hotel served meals the first 3 days and then everything went to a buffet style of what ever they had left...

The wind howled continously for 2 days without was like being in the artic.

The hotel had to brace the doors facing the west into the lobby with lobby sofas to keep the doors from blowing open..

Some people...ran out of clean clothes and did not bother to clean them..until they were group asked to do so...whoooeeee...

A group of us went to Max and Irmas for a hamburger and rings at around 9:00 pm...23 minutes later the manager walked up and said "here is your dinner. the state issued an emergency blizzard condition..stay home..we are closing now..he gave all 2 cold beers to go with it...the hotel was a 1/2 miles took...45 minutes to crawl there..the wind kept blowing us off what we thought was the main road south...
Wil Simmerall

United States

#10 Apr 19, 2008
I remember my power went out, and I too had to keep my 12 packs of beer cold on the back porch.

United States

#11 Apr 20, 2008
I was in middle school at that time - we went to school that day and Vigo County School Corporation issued an early release. We waited in the school halls of Honey Creek for our bus to be called. One by one each bus departed leaving only us. We were told that our bus couldn't get through. I was scared but comforted by the teachers, however, the teachers hanging on with us had to go eventually to get their own children. We were left with just a couple of adults and the hope of a bus. Hours later we were delivered home by a very courageous volunteer bus driver. I arrived back at home around 7:00pm! I remember my mom being so scared and saying that she would allow us to stay home the next time the weather seemed severe but Vigo County called for school to be in session.

As snowy and severe that time was, I find myself wishing my children could experience what I did. Indiana isn't having the winters that I had as a child
roc chalk jayhawk

Terre Haute, IN

#12 Apr 22, 2008
as i remember we didn't have school for almost 5 days after the blizzard.i was a junior in high school and it really didn't start getting bad intil after school was released. i had my dad's car and he had mine,he didn't make it home but i did. i remember i also worked my shift at LJS plaza north and drove myself home that night. took almost 45 minutes for a 10 minute trip home.couldn't get all the way to our house,because we lived in a circle drive,had to park down the street,couldn't get through because of the huge snow drifts. next morning some neighbors came out to shovels paths so the cars left on streets to get closer to home. our neighborhood didn't see a snow plow for at least a week. that is the year mayor brighton said God put the snow here,God will take it away.
big block 427

League City, TX

#13 Apr 22, 2008
i worked the night shift at the time and the forman called the state police ,to find out road conditions they told him to send us home before midnight or we wont make it home , i left work was behind a roadway truck just could make out his tail lights realy bad driving , after the snow quit the temp drop to 25 below i lived across from a bank that had time and temp sign if i remember it stayed that way for 2 or 3 days ,took me 2 days to get my car going and out of snow bank thanks to st dept
Inquiring Mind

United States

#14 Apr 22, 2008
I was in 6th grade at the time. I had a cold and couldn't go outside w/ the other kids. They were sledding down the drift next to our house toward the living room window so I could watch. My sister slammed into the brick house and broke off her tooth. Ahhh, it made me feel so much better!
Bo and Luke Duke

San Francisco, CA

#15 Apr 25, 2008
I remember being a soph. in high school after the roads had been cleared we skipped class that day and drove out through Helt Township the banks of snow on each side of the road were probly 10 to12ft. high it was like driving through a giant maze. If you came upon another vehicle (which was probly someone else skipping class) someone had to back up possibly for miles. Oh the good old days!
Just a baby

Loudonville, OH

#16 Apr 26, 2008
I was born January 29, 1978. My mother was in labor hours before she could get to the hospital. I was delivered shortly after.

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