Posted: Mar 8, 2013 7:51 PM by Pat Shingleton
Years ago we couldn't understand why the parking lot was filled at Our Lady of Mercy Church for 10:30 Mass. I realized that I neglected to advance the alarm clock. As noted in a previous column, the reason for "Summer Time" or Daylight Saving Time is to make use of daylight. America's delegate to Paris, Benjamin Franklin, first conceived the idea in 1784 and noted his reasons in an essay called, An Economical Project. London builder, William Willett, proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes on consecutive Sundays in April; lessening the same amount on four Sundays in September. Almost a hundred years after Ben's suggestion, the U.S Department of Transportation adopted National Standard time to control train schedules. The first energy benefits of Summer Time were recognized during World War II.