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Pat Shingleton: "A Blizzard with Bermuda Shorts..."

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Posted: Dec 9, 2013 5:59 PM by Pat Shingleton
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Topics: Blizzard experiences


The weekend blizzard and ice storm that stranded travelers in Dallas reminder me of a similar incident years ago. In 1979, I commuted nearly every weekend from Baton Rouge to Pittsburgh while doing a stint with their NBC affiliate - WPXI. I would leave my car at the Airport Sheraton, expecting a routine trek through the city to the station. A surprise snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on the city within a couple of hours, delaying my travel time from 25 minutes to four hours. Worse than skidding on the parkway in Pittsburgh was the attire I donned when leaving Baton Rouge that morning - shorts and a golf shirt. Most of the Channel 11 Floor Crew shouted "Fore" as I entered the television station shivering and snow covered.

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