The Big Bang of 1980
(The Hailstorm!)

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Don't Go Outside and Stay Away From the Windows!

By
Tim Carr('82)
Charles Philipp('80)
Sam Morrow('83)
and
Bucky Heard('83)


Talk about cold in the sixties. I remember back in the spring of 1980 the school came under an attack of a large HAILSTORM that broke out just about all the windows. The ice was as large as a golf ball. It look like a snowstorm had hit. Covered the ground about 1 inch.

The storm happened in late March or early April of 1980. I have a photo of the late Kelly Robertson('81)* displaying the size of the hailstones with one in his mouth and one each hand. The exact date of the storm I cannot remember. Before the hailstorm Camp Hill was covered by a snowstorm.

Kelly Robertson
Kelly Robertson('81) in 1980

*Kelly Robertson('81) and Daniel Vallee('81) were killed in an automobile accident on March 12, 1981 in Anderson S.C. A day I will never forget. It was spring break week-end and they were headed to Kelly's home in Greensboro, N.C.. Kelly was in his senior year, and Daniel was a sophomore.

Story and Photograph by Tim Carr('82)


I REMEMBER IT WELL! ME AND MICHAEL GLUMM('81) WERE WORKING OVER AT THE OLD SUPPLY BUILDING WHEN IT HIT.

WE HEARD THIS WEIRD NOISE COMING THROUGH THE WOODS, AND TO MY ASTONISHMENT I SAW ALL THESE BALLS BOUNCING OFF THE TREES. I JUST STOOD THERE NOT BELIEVING WHAT I WAS SEEING. HOWEVER IT DIDN'T TAKE ME LONG TO RUN FOR COVER AFTER ONE OF THOSE BALLS POUNDED ME ON THE BACK. I HAD A BRUISE THAT LASTED ABOUT A WEEK.

I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT IF ANYONE WOULD HAVE GOT CAUGHT OUT IN THE OPEN IN THAT STORM IT WOULD HAVE PROBABLY KILLED THEM.

Story by Charles Philipp('80)


OH, YEAH! The Hailstorm!

I was in Cpt (George) Pate's 4th period class when it hit. Remember Captain George? I remember that he had always said that in any severe weather situation, to always be calm and not panic.

We had just finished a Physical Science test. A few of us were at the windows in the class. Then we heard it. Sounded like a freight train coming through the woods. Next thing we knew all the windows in the classroom were breaking! Cpt George grabbed his paddle, leapt up from his desk, and began shouting for everyone to get on the floor, cover their heads, etc. Total pandemonium. Scary at the time, but in retrospect, funny as can be.

One of my best memories of 9th grade.

Story by Sam Morrow('83)


I remember the hail storm as well...

I was across the hall from Sam Morrow in Captain Woodward's Algebra Class when I heard glass shattering!!! People were screaming across the hall, but it was mainly Captain Pate....like Sam said, I found it odd that he was raising more Hell than anyone when he always told us to be calm in a dangerous situation!! Ha!! Yes....it was DAMN funny looking back on it!!!

Story by Bucky Heard('83)


Compiled from notes on the Message Board by Brian V. Brunner('64)


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