Thursday, February 2, 2012

1999 Groundhog Scandal

(First published January 29, 2011)

Those of us who live in Ontario Canada will remember "Williegate". In 1999 we learned that Wiarton Willie, our official prognosticating groundhog, had died just two days before Groundhog Day. He was 22 years old. The story graced the pages of every newspaper in the country accompanied by a photo of old Willie in a little coffin, dressed in a tuxedo with coins over his eyes, and a carrot between his paws. There was no groundhog waiting to take his place so officials decided to proceed with the planned festivities (sans the shadow event) and allowed thousands of visitors to file past Willie's coffin and pay their respects.

Photo copywright The Star