The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Saturday, April 5, 2003
Wirtz, Virginia - "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is the thing to remember tonight. It's that semi-annual "Daylight Savings Time" adjustment. This is Spring so Spring Forward. You lose one hour sleep.
How did all this come about? In order to save energy for war production Daylight Savings Time was begun in the United States during World War I. It would take advantage of later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II, Daylight Savings Time became a federal requirement. In the interlude between wars individual states and cities made their own choice for observing Daylight Savings Time.
Congress passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966 which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time. There are still a few areas of the country that do not observe the practice.
Get up at 2 A.M.
Wirtz, Virginia - When you go to bed tonight, you need to set your alarm for 2 A. M. That's when you have to reset your time pieces one hour forward (i.e. 3 A. M.)
You can always cheat and change the time when you go to bed or when you get up. But why not join the 2 A. M. celebration? And remember - when you get up, light will come one hour later.
©2003 Don Bull, Editor