When a worm-related crime wriggled onto The National ... again
Forty years ago, the theft of '1 million nightcrawlers' made the nightly news
Like an expert angler, The National was attempting to hook viewers on a story with the help of some worms.
"In Toronto, it seems, people will steal almost anything — including worms," anchor Knowlton Nash told viewers on August 14, 1979.
The brief report told viewers about the theft of some 1,800 boxes of worms from a Toronto bait shop.
"That's 1 million nightcrawlers," Nash said, adding a helpful conversion for the viewers at home.
The value of the stolen worms was a reported $40,000, according to The National.
It was at least the second time in two months that the news program had run a story on worm-related crime.
The prior story had focused on a police investigation into for-profit worm growing.
To loyal viewers at home who weren't that into worms, it may have seemed the newsgatherers at The National were having to do a lot of digging for stories that year.