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Long live – and love – the Macon Whoopees

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Long live – and love – the Macon Whoopees

Blog by Ed Grisamore - The Telegraph


For those of you who were living in Macon 46 years ago, and mark anniversaries by memorable meteorological events, this weekend carries a historic footnote.

Make that a foot-and-a-half-note.

That’s nearly how much snow was dumped on the city on Feb. 9-10, 1973.

A record 16.5 inches fell from the sky during a freak-of-nature snowstorm. Macon’s average yearly snowfall is 0.4 inches, so this was more than 40 times that.

In the Deep South, where the possibility of snowflakes in the forecast closes schools and clears the grocery shelves, this was a shutdown of epic proportions. It was the whitest — and possibly the quietest — 48 hours in city history. Macon was covered in a soft blanket. The world was silent and still.

Eight months later, on Oct. 12, 1973, another kind of Ice Age took over the city. It was opening night for the Macon Whoopees hockey team.

The Whoopees were a paradox … the shortest-lived and most endearing sports team to call Macon home. In a way, they came and went without every really arriving. And we love them still.

Read more at: https://www.macon.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/ed-grisamore/article226008920.html

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