People & Places in the Blizzard of '78

11,666 fans showed up at the Boston Garden for the annual Beanpot semi-finals featuring the hockey teams from BC, BU, Harvard and Northeastern. Harvard won the first game 4-3 over Northeastern in overtime as winds reached 79 miles per hour outside. BU beat BC 12-5 in the second game which ended at midnight.
After the game, many fans were shocked to exit the arena and find the North Pole outside.  Some fans stayed in the Garden and were sustained by free hot dogs and coffee as well as being allowed to sleep in the Bruins and Celtics dressing rooms. Some were forced to stay there for days including radio reporter Ted Sarandis who changed into a vendor's outfit rather than stay in his own clothes. (Time, Herald, Photo: Boston Globe)

White Street in East Boston on February 8th or 9th. ( 

Spectators line up on Cape Cod to watch a boating house get taken out to sea. 

WBZ's Don Kent was a beloved Boston meteorologist who was one of a crew of Boston weathermen whose predictions were not so far off. (WBZ) 

Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis gets updates from advisors. 

The Greek tanker Global Hope, the subject of an attempted rescue by the Coast Guard boat, the Can Do.  All 5 members of the Can Do perished in the rescue attempt. 

Hundreds gathered to watch in the days following the storm as bulldozers and other vehicles rescued trapped cars on Rte. 128. (WCVB) 

Frank Quirk, captain of the ill-fated Can Do. 

R.I. Governor Joseph Garrahy with some plaid-garbed advisors.

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Revelers stuck at the Dugout on Commonwealth Avenue. 

 President Carter sent in the big boys. (WCVB)

Above we see downtown Boston on the morning of February 6th, before the snow began to fall. (WCVB) 

Winds reached 79 MPH in Boston and as high as 110 MPH on the South Shore. (WCVB) 

Governor Michael Dukakis seemed to be on TV around the clock featuring any number of very wooly cardigans. 

Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso's car got stuck in the snow as she tried to drive from the governor's mansion to the state's storm command center in the State Armory. She wound up walking the remaining several blocks through the snow.

Boston Mayor Kevin White was vacationing in Florida when the storm hit. He said the weather was "awful" there too.

In Boston Harbor, the sidewheeler Peter Stuyvesant which formed part of Anthony's Pier Four Restaurant was carried out to sea and wrecked. It blew off its concrete and steel cradle, which had been hammered into bedrock.  
 Scituate Assistant Harbor Master Elmer Pooler who helped  rescue lost sailors in the storm.

Buffeted by winds of up to 110 m.p.h., a 42-ft. Coast Guard pilot boat, the Can Do, capsized and sank in Salem Harbor. The captain (Frank Quirk) and his four-man crew were drowned. The Can Do left Gloucester Harbor to assist a Greek oil tanker, the Global Hope, that had gone aground in Salem's harbor during the height of the storm.

The names of the lost crew members were Don Wilkinson, Norman Curley, Charles Bucko and Kenneth Fuller. (see In Memoriam)

Looting was widespread in Roxbury and Dorchester and 166 arrests were made during the storm. (WCVB)

Cars all over New England were buried under feet of snow. Here one is identified.

 Despite Governor Dukakis's high marks for the way he handled the storm, he was defeated in his re-election primary in November by Ed King.

Rhode Island Governor Joseph Garrahy also received kudos for his handling of the storm.

CBS weatherman Harvey Leonard, the whiz kid of the Boston meteorologists.

 Logan Airport was forced to close up shop, at least for commercial flights. (WCVB)

 Even when stores were open, food was hard to come by. (WCVB)

WBZ Anchor Jack Williams announcing the storm. (WBZ)