Fulton author needs stories on the Blizzard of ’66

By Debra J. Groom

Local author Jim Farfaglia remembers playing board games with his siblings as the mighty Blizzard of ‘66 blew outside his Granby home.

And he figures there have got to be lots of other folks in Central New York with memories of the storm for all ages. He’s gathering these stories for a book on the blizzard to come out right before the 50th anniversary of the storm in 2016.

“I think everyone who has a childhood memory of it gets a smile on their face when they think about it,” he said. “When I write my books, I like to use personal observations, so I’d like people to talk to me about their memories of the blizzard.”

To contact Farfaglia, email him at sjimf903@twcny.rr.com or call him from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 402-2297.

People who lived through the Blizzard of ‘66 will tell everyone how that storm was worse than any other storm since.

“I think part of that is people actually feared for their life in 1966,” Farfaglia said. “There was not a lot of TV coverage and people were not quite sure what was going on.”

Farfaglia remembers his father being out of work for a week from his job at Sealright in Fulton. The four kids played board games all week while his dad, getting a little stir crazy being inside with the kids all week, fashioned himself some homemade snowshoes and walked to the Triangle Dairy.

”Weather gets people so down,” he said. “I hope this book is a fun way for people to look at it.”

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