It was a nail-biting drama the likes of which we had never seen. And the worst part?
Most of us were forced to play a role in it.
If you were in the Middletown area -- or the Midwest, for that matter -- on Thursday, January 26, 1978, then you know we’re talking about the storm-to-end-all-storms:
The Blizzard of ‘78.
Upholding its mission to report the news in a timely manner, The Middletown Journal recorded many aspects of the fearsome event in a remarkable edition it published on the day the blizzard occurred. Its banner headline didn’t mince words:
“This was the big one,” Staff Writer John Leach wrote in a front-page, above-the-fold story. The “bona fide blizzard” which paralyzed the Middletown area and the Midwest that fateful Thursday was “the worst storm to hit the area in the IOO years the weather service has been keeping records,” he continued.
Actually, Mother Nature started looking scary the day before.
According to Leach, “The rain that fell Wednesday froze as hard as the pavement itself when winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour and temperatures dropping below zero whipped through Ohio and nearby states early Thursday. Major thoroughfares were transformed into ribbons of ice.”