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Pat Shingleton: "The New York Times Building and Sugar Bowl Snow.."

1 year 2 weeks 5 days ago Tuesday, December 31 2019 Dec 31, 2019 December 31, 2019 9:00 AM December 31, 2019 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton:

On this date in 1907, The New York Times moved its offices to a building on a square that now bears its name.  To commemorate the paper’s new home, publisher Alfred Ochs provided a lavish New Year’s Eve celebration intended to attract parishioners from Trinity Church in lower Manhattan.  The church was traditionally the gathering place on New Year’s Eve. As noted in a previous column, 200,000 people celebrated New Year’s Eve for the first time, 105 years ago, in the newly-named Times Square. That same year, Ochs added a 700-pound, 5-foot-diameter ball, made of iron and wood; covered with electrical lights. Weather for the first event was 52 degrees with light rain. In 1917 it was -13 degrees with snow.  Tonight, revelers will enjoy 37 degrees with flurries. Before the BCS Championship series was inaugurated in 1998, bowl games retained their original names. In 2002, it was the Nokia Sugar Bowl. On January 1, 2002, the LSU Tigers competed against the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Tiger fans trekked to the Super Dome on a cloudy, cold day. The forecast initially called for rain, changing to sleet, ice pellets and a flurry. LSU won 47 to 34 and the ride home also provided additional excitement. At the end of the game, snow was falling in Baton Rouge and when we pulled into the driveway our son, Michael was frolicking in a few inches of snow. We attempted to awake our daughter Katie who slept through the falling snow but still enjoyed lingering patches and icy conditions the next morning.

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