The 2013 show actually fell short about $1.2 million, not an unprecedented event in its 184-year history but a short-term disaster for the many urban “greening” programs it supports. PHS president Drew Becher is now scrambling to cut costs – and to raise $1 million for programs and $200,000 for Flower Show expenses from PHS members and an insurance policy.
For all this, he blames local TV and radio stations.
With unusual bluntness, Becher accuses them of “hyping up” a major snowstorm during Flower Show week that never materialized – but led to scores of canceled tour buses and visitors, and the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket and merchandise sales.
Long-time WCAU (NBC 10) Weatherman Herb Clarke has died at age 84 from Alzheimer’s complications. Clarke’s career spanned 39 years from 1958 to 1997. During that time Clarke went from using a chalkboard to a computerized display.
Our condolences go out to this wife Barbara and the entire Clarke family.