Pat Shingleton: "Tex Carpenter and Flying Laundry"
I recently reviewed an old Advocate column and after some reminiscing I decided to post this one for the oldies, including me..."Old-timers often reminisce about Tex Carpenter and his shenanigans. Some time ago Grady Felder wrote, "During the early days of television, we had Tex Carpenter giving the temperature for Frazier, CO. He referred to Frazier as the 'Ice-Box' of the nation. What's the history on this?" The late Sid Crocker replaced Tex at Channel 9 in the '70s, I followed Sid after that. I never met Tex, but I understand he was a character. Of course, so was Sid and Sid said so am I! Frazier, CO, is actually Fraser and is near Winter Park, southwest of Boulder. Back then, Tex may have been correct, but the lowest recorded temperature is minus 79.8 F at Prospect Creek Camp in Alaska. Rogers Pass, Mont. holds the record for the lowest temperature for the Lower 48 on Jan. 20, 1954, at minus 69.7 F. Once again, thanks to Grady for the note and some great memories from 1977." Another look-back...On this date in 1880, the Scientific American reported that in East Kent, Ontario, two farmers witnessed a cloud of stones flying upward following a cannon-like boom. When they examined the sight of the stones they noticed a circle, sixteen feet in diameter, swept clean; verifying there was no wind or meteors that could have caused the event. Another “upward” event occurred in Cupar, Scotland in 1841, spooking cattle. Laundry, in those days, was tramped in a tub. Included were large sheets, curtains and clothing items that were placed upon the lawn and pinned for drying. A loud snap, followed by a wind gust lifted the clothing and heavy items in a straight line skyward, never to be found again while smaller articles, remained in place.
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