January 16, 1996 |
Snow plowers and salt sellers have been heralded as the smartest businesspeople around, but there are others profiting from the Blizzard of '96. To see how companies benefited from the frozen stuff, you have to consider the situations that consumers were in. Let's start at the beginning. First, they were stuck at home. Once channel-surfing got boring, the next option was the VCR. "Business doubled last week," said Richard Stallings, day manager at the TLA Video outlet on Spring Garden Street.
February 15, 1994 |
Do these words sound familiar? "There is a winter storm warning posted for Philadelphia with the potential for a heavy accumulation of snow. " One cannot count on all the fingers and toes how many times these words have been said to no avail. These "snowstorms" mostly never seem to materialize. Meteorologists from the National Weather Service and newscasters from the three major networks time and time again have caused mass panic in this city for nothing. On the local news, the newscasters always seem to put the emphasis of a given weather forecast on all areas except Philadelphia.
April 8, 1987 |
Four Gloucester County College students, calico baby bonnets tied under their chins, stood in the student center cafeteria draining orange juice from their baby bottles. As each finished the snack he squealed a contented "goo- goo ga-ga" at the lunchtime crowd. Under normal circumstances, imitating babies in front of 300 fellow students would have earned the students the disdain of their classmates, but on this day - the day before April Fools' Day - such antics endeared them to their friends and gave them a chance for a windfall.
January 29, 1988 |
When the snow began piling up the other day I got to thinking about the celebrated Blizzard of '88, a monumental snowstorm that lives on in Philadelphia lore. I don't know why I thought about the Blizzard of '88. This week's snowfalls were a piece of cake compared to the dump that slowed Philadelphia to a crawl on March 11 and 12, 1888, almost a century ago. In my early years in Philadelphia I heard old men, men in their 80s and beyond, talk about the Blizzard of '88. They said it was the worst storm ever, and if I didn't believe it, I should check National Geographic.
February 6, 2016 |
Last month's blizzard blew through the city's entire annual $5.2 million snow budget - and a few million more, according to city estimates. Philadelphia spent $8.5 million to clean up the 22.5 inches of snow dumped the weekend of Jan. 23, city spokesman Mike Dunn said. The snowstorm was one of Mayor Kenney's first tests. He had been in office less than three weeks when he had to oversee the snow emergency. His administration estimates it spent $1.7 million in employee overtime, $1.4 million on salt, and $5.4 million on contractors.
May 4, 1993 |
Hit hard by blizzards and bombings, Cigna Corp. reported sharply lower profits for the first quarter of 1993. Before accounting changes and gains on the sale of investments such as bonds and real estate, the Philadelphia-based insurance company earned $16 million, or 22 cents per share, in the quarter, down from $64 million, or 89 cents per share, a year ago. Cigna's property-casualty insurance division lost $79 million in the quarter, even...
January 23, 1996 |
The Broad Street Subway stuttered a bit, but never really skipped a beat during the Blizzard of '96. In fact, it would lead the legion of SEPTA blizzard busters, starting with the rail services and then, after lifting of travel restrictions, the bus fleets, in the most dramatic demonstration in history that public transit matters to everyone in this region. There was never a time during the blizzard SEPTA was out of service. In fact, SEPTA employees worked in the most severe weather conditions to assure that vehicles would be "at your service" as soon as possible.
November 16, 1998 |
When the new-look Rage lost at New England in the ABL season opener earlier this month, the question arose whether the team's performances in two preseason victories - including one over the Blizzard - were mere happenstances. Perhaps it was just the season opener that was out of character. The Rage (3-1) returned to Hartford yesterday and beat New England, 80-72. It was the third straight victory under new coach Anne Donovan since the opening setback - the Rage's best run since taking the first three games of last season.
March 21, 1999 |
Hitting their stride with the NPSL playoffs just around the corner, the Kixx turned in another impressive performance last night by burying Buffalo, 21-7, at the First Union Spectrum. In extending their season-high winning streak to six games, the Kixx (20-14) treated the crowd of 10,279 to a display of hard-nosed, disciplined defense and a balanced, opportunistic offense. Nine players recorded at least one point in the blowout for the East Division leaders. And when they weren't scoring, the Kixx were scrambling back to their own end, blanketing the Blizzard attackers.
January 29, 2015
THIS WEEK'S epic snowstorm turned out to be a big bust. But before we knew that, the lucky among us spent Monday night with hot toddies, warming our toes in front of fireplaces with our significant others. Some of those not already all loved up turned to Craigslist in a frantic search for last-minute blizzard boyfriends and girlfriends. That's right. Nestled among all the usual Craigslist ads for anonymous sex encounters and threesomes were quite a few postings from Philadelphians desperately seeking blizzard buddies with whom to weather yesterday's snowfall, which weathercasters had predicted accumulations of up to a foot.