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Relive school closings during the Blizzard of ’78 with a young Jack Williams—and smooth jazz

“Abington, Acton, Andover… ”

Jack Williams, during the Blizzard of '78. Screenshot / CBS Boston via Facebook

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There once was a time when most school-age children in Massachusetts (and beyond) could quickly rattle off the towns ahead of and behind their own in alphabetical order.

Why?

Because they had them memorized from school closings, of course.

On Thursday, CBS Boston shared a video of a young Jack Williams announcing school closings during the Blizzard of ’78. Williams, who retired in 2015 after 40 years at the station, makes sure that viewers understand schools in the towns listed will be closed before the list —and the smooth jazz — cut in.

WBZ School Closings From The Blizzard Of ’78

This is how WBZ served up school closings 40 years ago: No text alerts, but plenty of smooth jazz. Our Blizzard of ’78 special airs Sunday at 8:30 a.m., with a report from Pamela Gardner on how schools today decide when to take snow days.

Posted by WBZ | CBS Boston on Thursday, January 25, 2018

The station will air a special at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, on the infamous storm.

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