This week we begin with one more of our favorite column items from 1984 concerning Winter Carnival which didn’t go exactly as planned. We wrote:
“We have decided, after a great deal of thought, to mention the Winter Carnival. Margaret and the rest of the gang expect it, are prepared for it and would undoubtedly be crushed if it didn’t happen. Needless to say, this is not the first time the weather has played havoc with the well made plans. In fact, long-time Cooperstown resident, Mac Preston, says that even back in the days when the Knox School was at the Otesaga, the weather seldom cooperated with the school’s Winter Carnival plans. She can remember more than once standing, feet freezing, on the tennis courts, which had been flooded and frozen into an ice rink, watching the carnival king perched on his throne of ice, which was melting merrily away. Obviously history repeats itself.
“But what we really can’t understand is that if the date of the Winter Carnival is indeed such a good determent to winter weather, why isn’t the carnival scheduled to run from January first right through the end of March or perhaps the middle of April.”
Twice in January of 1984, we gave our ‘You Never Can Tell Award.’ We introduced the award in our very first column when we wrote:
“We would like to introduce the ‘You Never Can Tell Award’ to be bestowed upon deserving individuals from time to time as the appropriate situation arises. Our first recipient is Barb LaCava who, on the morning of Dec. 14, called to ask if Jerry could substitute at the high school. She explained that the other subs she had called were going to the Women’s Club Christmas tea that day. Guess what, Barb, you never can tell. Jerry was a delightful Santa at the tea, although we really don’t think it is true that Santa has been coming to Mabel Atwell’s house for almost a hundred years.”