The World-Herald's article last month on the 30th anniversary of the nation's coldest December on record generated memories for many people.
The photographs that accompanied the story struck a personal chord, too.
Scott Lawrence of Omaha said he, his 10 siblings and their neighbors assembled the mammoth snowman that was pictured with the article. Lawrence sent in the family photo of the snowman the children built at Hanscom Park in 1983.
The Lawrence family lived across the street from Hanscom Park on 32nd Avenue.
“We made snowmen just about every year,” Scott said. “The easy part was rolling the snow down the hill from 32nd Avenue to make the snowman's body. But if you went downhill too far, rolling it back up the hill was a struggle.”
Mike Lawrence said they carved steps into the base of the snowman in order to lift the head to the top. Then the kids packed snow over the steps.
Teecie Lawrence Mendick said their mother always had hot chocolate and cinnamon toast waiting for them when they came indoors from building snowmen.
In 1983, Thanksgiving weekend ended with a wet heavy snow that would have been perfect for packing together this snowman. After that holiday, bitter cold and more snow set in, leading to a brutal December and the coldest Christmas on record.
Also accompanying our December article was a picture of a snow-covered convertible.
Plattsmouth reader Stan Aarhus was immediately intrigued by the photo because it's of a rare Lotus Elan sports car. Aarhus, who has owned one since the 1960s, has kept track of the one or two others in the Omaha area, but he didn't know about this one.
He called seeking more information on this car. The only information we could provide was that the photo was taken on Park Avenue near Leavenworth Street on Saturday, Dec. 3, 1983.