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Pat Shingleton: "Bermuda Shorts! and listening to WWL"

5 years 2 months 6 days ago Wednesday, September 26 2018 Sep 26, 2018 September 26, 2018 9:00 AM September 26, 2018 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

On this date in 1987, I was in Bermuda, accompanying my wife on an advertising conference.  Actually, three members of our family made the trip, including our “soon-to-be-born-by-four-months” daughter, Katie.  Also visiting Bermuda during this trip was a tropical storm bearing the name of Emily.  There are plenty of Emilys in my wife’s family.  Her mother was Emily Lou, her sister is Emily and our niece and Godmother of our son Michael has the name Emily.  There are many chapters in the family registry about “our” Emilys. Tropical Storm Emily hit Bermuda with 85 mile-per-hour winds.  As all weathermen would do, I watched the storm from a pub in the hotel, enjoying a couple of pints; making sure that my wife was secure in an interior room. Another anniversary returns us to the impact of Katrina and this archived column. "Monday Night Football in Tiger Stadium! In my younger days, college football games in the northeast were played in the afternoon. This included Pitt, Penn State, Notre Dame and a host of other schools and we were limited to three or four network television stations. When my brother Mike was at Notre Dame, we were introduced to WWL and their broadcasts of LSU football from Tiger Stadium. As we rooted for Notre Dame, we too found ourselves right there, enthralled in the vivid play-by-play from John Ferguson. As we prepared for winter, I was amazed that LSU was not only playing "under the lights," but playing in temperatures in the 70s. I remember my brother hurling objects at the old hi-fi as LSU, in all its glory, strapped it to the Fighting Irish. When I came here in '77, to attend my first game in Tiger Stadium, it was an incredible experience. Unfortunately, it was an afternoon game."

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