There are about 200 photographs that tell the story of the Blizzard of 1978 in Alan R. Earls’ new book, but the one storm tale the author leaves out is his own.
“I wish I had a more romantic story. It was just a lot of snow,” said Earls, of Franklin, who wrote and compiled “Greater Boston’s Blizzard of 1978,” published last month by Arcadia Publishing.
Earls, then 22, was working an evening shift as a computer operator at C.S. Draper Laboratory in Kendall Square when the storm struck on Feb. 6, 1978. By 7 p.m., work was called off and Earls was left to fend for himself in a borrowed Chevrolet Vega that had to get him to home to Wayland.
I drove across Cambridge. Cambridge looked like Cambridge, but with a lot of snow. I started to notice there were no other cars on the road and it was 7:30 or 8 at night,” said Earls.
The book includes an introduction from former Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and pictures taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard and others. Earls, who writes about technology and business, said he became more familiar with how dramatic the storm was for coastal communities while working on the book.
“I think for people who lived a little inland the storm was a bit of a lark, but if you lived in Scituate or Revere it was a life-threatening experience,” he said.