Has Orlando had a white Christmas?
Whitley: Florida is not a complete stranger to snow, ice and cold.
Since it has sold more than 50 million copies, it’s safe to say Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is the most popular single of all time.
It’s also safe to say it wasn’t playing over the Gator Bowl’s public address system on Christmas 1989. If it was, Crosby’s buttery voice was drowned out by the sound of 503 toilets being systematically flushed.
A 23-member crew spent three days flushing away in order to keep pipes from freezing and bursting before an upcoming bowl game. Which brings us this week’s Ask Orlando question.
“Has Orlando ever had a White Christmas?”
That might strike you as a silly question. This is Florida. Our state seal features a Seminole Indian woman scattering flowers into a river, not an Eskimo fisherman cutting a hole in the ice.
That said, Florida is not a total stranger to the white stuff.
You can find a photo of men having a snowball fight on the steps of the state capitol in 1899. They were probably legislators debating a bill.
Kim Ingram plays with the snow on the windshield of a car in Altamonte Springs on Jan. 19, 1977. That’s the last time it snowed in Orlando, which has never had a white Christmas.
Bing Crosby sang “White Christmas” — the biggest-selling single of all time — in “Holiday Inn.”