It snowed on April 1 in
a light dusting of powdery white flakes that
contrasted with the bright green hyacinth leaves pushing up through the rich brown loam of beds in Temple Square, spiritual home
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
For skiers it had been a bonus year. More than two hundred inches of snow in the nearby Wasatch Mountain resorts —Alta,
Snowbird and others—meant ideal conditions that attracted devotees of the sport from as far away as the east coast. Even in average
years, skiing, which officially begins on Thanksgiving weekend, is usually good into the month of May at Salt Lake's major ski areas.
On the Great Salt Lake, despite a chill wind and the snow on surrounding mountains, sailboat owners at the marina sniffed
the air and studied the lake as they readied their boats for the coming season. The crowded dock areas attest to the growing popularity
of boating on the broad, shallow lake.
On Main Street in Salt Lake City the staccato sound of jackhammers and the rumble of construction equipment played a
counterpoint to the leisurely pace of shoppers.
The noise of the hammers is barely audible on the eighth floor of the Kearns Building, location of the Salt Lake City office of
Haskins & Sells.
"When Brigham Young founded Salt Lake City in 1847, he insisted that the streets be wide enough to let double-yoked wagons
turn around easily," August Glissmeyer, Jr., partner in charge, observed. "Today we're moving in the opposite direction. We're
narrowing the street and widening the sidewalks to discourage automobiles on Main Street while making it more attractive for