Time to ‘fall back’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 25, 2003

Those long, lovely, sunlight-filled days of summer are about to end. As of 2 a.m. this Sunday morning, Oct. 26, we say goodbye to Daylight Saving Time (DST) and return to Standard Time. Everyone is reminded to move their clocks back one hour before they go to bed Saturday night.

The idea of gaining an hour of extra daylight originated with Ben Franklin in the 18th century. While many were intrigued by his concepts, nothing ever came to fruition.

In an effort to conserve fuel needed for electrical power, a form of Daylight Saving Time (called ‘War Time’) was instituted during both world wars. Following WW II, some cities and towns continued the practice, while others did not.

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It wasn’t until 1966 that Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson actually signed a bill creating a nationwide observance of DST. (Today, three states, Indiana, Hawaii and Arizona, along with various American territories, do not observe DST.)

Retiree Vivian Killingsworth of Greenville says she prefers the longer days of DST, but mainly wishes the nation &uot;would just stick to one time or another all year round.&uot;

&uot;My body has a hard time adjusting to these time changes twice a year,&uot; she notes.