In 1979, the United States experienced a gas crisis not unlike the one we're going through right now. The big difference, of course, was that gas at that time cost about 1/4 of what it costs right now. I remember buying gas for less than $1/gallon in the 70s, and I remember how frantic the public became when the price inched over $1/gallon. Oh, that we should have that problem now!
At the time, my husband, Bob Orr (now of CBS News) and Derrick Blakely (now of WBBM in Chicago) worked together at WBNS in Columbus, Ohio and did a one-hour special on the gas crisis. Running On Empty looked at the gas crisis in general and its affect on the people of Central Ohio in particular, and earned my husband and his colleagues their first Emmys. Oh how much we change and how much we stay the same! If you have any desire to read about the 1979 gas crisis, click here.
Please note: I have to suspend "What is it Wednesday?" this week due to my mini-theme look at signs around the mid-state area.