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  • Allan Henderson
Spare a thought for winter. You'd probably hoped that, if karma's any predictor, this coming one might be light—we deserve it—but you've also probably heard by now that that's not going to be the case. “People in Chicago are going to want to move after this winter,” meteorologist Josh Nagelberg said today. (The sunny headline to the article Nagelberg was quoted in? "Chicago area expected to endure worst winter weather in nation.") It's going to be long and cold.

Still, the news is an excuse to revisit the Reader's crackerjack coverage of Blizzaster 2011, when everybody had something to say about the weather. Steve Bogira met a guy on the Purple Line:

“Let me tell you what it’s gonna do,” Jack said to Lambert. “Around rush hour tomorrow—4:30 or something? The snow’s gonna start up, and the wind gonna start blowing—they say it’s gonna be from 35 to 55 miles an hour! We ain’t gonna be able to see across the street! It’s gonna be a motherfucker! But I’ll be out there shoveling that shit.”

Michael Miner remembered a 1972 storm:

There was a big snowstorm back in early 1972 and I was asked to write the weather story for the Sun-Times. The Academy Award nominees had just been announced. I wrote, "The lost picturesque snow has returned to Chicago and sits on the city like a French confection." That much was easy. I checked "cloaks" in the yellow pages and called a place in Evanston that sold them. How's business? I said. Whatever, said the lady. I continued, "In Evanston, Miss ————— —————-, at —————————-, a cloakworks, arranged her wares to encourage sales." There were two nominated movies to go, Fiddler on the Roof and Nicholas and Alexandra, and they also yielded to my cleverness, though I have no memory of how. What I do recall is that once the story was edited, at least two of the movies had disappeared from my lead. Someone on the desk either missed the point completely or decided to save me from myself.

But let me tell you this, the opportunity to shove paper into typewriter and pound out stories like that is why some of us went into journalism and will die at our keyboards.

Alex Parker checked in with the mayoral candidates, and solicited some man-on-the-street opinions on the city's handling of the storm:

“It’s almost like Daley’s running for reelection,” said a man buying his coffee at a Starbucks at Hubbard and State.

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