Today 3/14 we are getting a huge snowstorm here in Mass. Where I live the predictions are for 18 – 24”, heavy wet snow, power outages, high winds, coastal flooding, the whole package. Schools and businesses are
closed and we are “hunkering down” which is the thing we do.
I thought it would be fun to share a retrospective of what Mass
governors have worn on days of big storms when they give multiple updates on TV.
Would love to hear your similar stories from where you live
- Governor Mike Dukakis; blizzard of ’78. He is famous for wearing a wool crewneck sweater for his TV appearances. Business casual did not exist at that time and he had always worn a full suit/tie in public. This was a true monster of a storm that hit NY and NE in Feb of ’78. Predictions were less accurate back then and hundreds of commuters had to abandon cars on major highways as the snow piled up. It became an iconic part of Dukakis’s time as governor that he shut the state down for a week, and made the announcement on TV dressed in a sweater. Sounds kind of silly now but his sweater was a BIG deal.
- Gov Duval Patrick, who served from 2007 to 2015. There were a few big storms while he was gov and his choice was to wear a MEMA fleece vest over a shirt. (MEMA is the state version of FEMA the Federal Emergency Management Agency).
- Gov Charlie Baker who was inaugurated in Jan 2015. Less than three weeks later we got another monster with 3 feet of snow followed by 6 more feet over a period of 6 weeks. This was dubbed the year of snowmageddon. In his first TV appearance about these storms he’s wearing a suit, he was just barely in office and looks a bit shell shocked as does Lt Governor Karen Polito.
- Baker again a few weeks later, he had moved to a half-zip sweater over a shirt, which has become his signature storm look. He sported this same look this morning
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