Pat Shingleton: "Random Stuff..."
Just a few "random" items on the column for today. In conjunction with the 40 year drought in California, damaging and deadly mudslides have plagued Southern California. The most intense storm to hit the Pacific Northwest started from the remnants of Typhoon Freda that formed in the North Pacific on October 3, 1962. Three successive storms impacted the Pacific Northwest over a 30-hour period from October 11-12, 1962. The first blast postponed the sixth game of the World Series between the Yankees and the San Francisco Giants. The second, stronger storm, skirted a 1,000-mile stretch of coast from northern California to British Columbia for 15 hours creating hurricane force winds. Wind speeds of 173 m.p.h.were reported at Cape Blanco while Mount Hebo Air Force Station in Oregon recorded 127 gusts. Property damage was estimated at $200 million, claiming 40 lives - known as the Columbus Day Storm. Human-potential expert, Joel Weldon once noted that it takes five years for the sprout of a particular bamboo tree to emerge from the seed, once planted. The sprout then grows a remarkable 90 feet in six weeks. During the five dormant years, the bamboo seed puts down an incredible system of roots for miles and further empowers the plant to grow fast in a short time. Finally, a great Autumn weekend for football in Baton Rouge. Today, two undefeated teams at Tiger Stadium and Southern enjoying homecoming.LSU has experienced a lightning cancellation this season, with perfect weather tonight. I experienced only afternoon college football games in the northeast, in my younger years. When my brother Mike was at Notre Dame, we were introduced to WWL and their broadcasts of LSU football from Tiger Stadium. In what my Mom called the “far-living-room,” we were glued to the “hi-fi,” finding ourselves right there, enthralled in the play-by-play. As we prepared for winter, I was amazed that LSU was playing "under the lights," in 70 degree weather. I remember my brother hurling objects at the old hi-fi as LSU, in all its glory, strapped it to the Fighting Irish.