Friday, January 8th, is the 37th anniversary of the worst ice storm I remember during my almost 50 years with WSB-Television. Ice came down in sheets. It wrapped itself around Atlanta’s utility lines. The temperature remained below freezing for 4 consecutive nights and days. Pipes burst, streets were hazardous and power lines snapped. At the time, I was living near Howell Mill Road and West Wesley. We were without power for more than a week. I had a freezer chest in my carport. It was packed with goodies: frozen pies from Edwards Bakery and cartons of chicken breasts from Cagle’s Poultry. I don’t recall that I was able to salvage many of them. I was working almost around the clock. Finding a warm place to sleep was not a top priority. At the WSB studios, we were running on backup generators. In the field, we relied on gasoline powered generators built into the mobile vans. The thing that struck me then (as it has many times before and afterward) is how a change in our comfortable life styles brings people together. The good humor displayed by most people we interviewed during the ice storm of 73 has been repeated over and over down through the years.
Atlanta ice storm of 73