News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

It was the third annual attempt for Benningtonites to ‘Thrill the World,” said the Rutland Herald. Ninety-five towns in 13 nations were competing for the same world title simultaneously. More than 100 young and old dressed like ghouls participated in re-enacting Michael Jackson’s music video dance routine for the six-minute 1982 hit “Thriller.” Grade school kids learned the routine in gym class; adults practiced for many nights at the Bennington Fire House where the event was held. One participant summed it up with a sign that read: “We thrilled Bennington and we thrilled the World.” A camera was there to record the dance and send it to Thrill the World Headquarters in Europe. No word yet on the winner of the title. But, we’re thrilled, too.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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