Commentary: Winter was much different before synthetic fabrics, snowblowers
by Theodora Kalikow
Sometime back in the 1970s when we were reading the Whole Earth Catalog and Firefox and learning how to keep bees, preserve our home-grown vegetables, milk the miniature goats and all the rest of it, I recall reading easy-to-follow directions about how to build your own igloo. Darn, I thought, this comes about 20 years too late.
I wished I had that information in about 1950 when the neighborhood gang tried every year to build an igloo — and failed every year, too. We never did solve the engineering problems. The thing would get about waist-high and then we were stymied, and it would devolve into a snow fort. Or two. And then there would be a snowball fight and we would all go home with wet mittens.
It was a tough childhood, all right.
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