New York City Clock Master Turns Back Time At City Hall


IT’S A PROFESSION AS OLD AS TIME BUT AN IMPORTANT ONE. IT’S CLOCK MASTER. AND THE CITY ACTUALLY HAS ONE. HE KEEPS CITY CLOCKS TICKING, AND TODAY IS ONE OF HIS BIGGEST DAYS OF THE YEAR. CBS2’S AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS SHOWS YOU WHY IN THIS STORY YOU WILL SEE ONLY ON 2. Reporter: MOMENT BY MOMENT, NEW YORK CITY’S CLOCK MASTER IS TURNING BACK TIME. JUST A DAY AHEAD OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME, 79-YEAR-OLD MARVIN SNYDER ADJUSTED THE TIME ON ABOUT HALF A DOZEN MECHANICAL CLOCKS THROUGHOUT CITY HALL. WHEN YOU CHANGE THE TIME, YOU ONLY GO AHEAD. THERE IS MACHINERY IN HERE AND IF WE GO BACKWARDS, WE CAUSE DAMAGE. Reporter: SNYDER FINISHED WITH A MOST IMPORTANT ONE. CITY HALL’S ICONIC CLOCK TOWER. PEOPLE LOOK TO THIS CLOCK AS SOMETHING THAT REPRESENTS THE CITY. Reporter: THIS ONE IS CONTROLLED FROM UNDERNEATH AND REQUIRED A FEW MORE STEPS THAN THE OTHERS, BUT TO SNYDER IT ALL COMES NATURALLY. HE SAYS IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE WORK. A BABY, IT’S ABOUT 160 YEARS OLD. Reporter: HIS CURIOSITY AND PASSION FOR CLOCKS STARTED AT A YOUNG AGE AND ULTIMATELY LANDED HIM A PART-TIME JOB AS THE CITY’S CLOCK MASTER. PROMINENT PRESERVATION IS — CAME UP WITH THE IDEA THAT IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR NEW YORK CITY TO HAVE AN OFFICIAL CLOCK MASTER LIKE EUROPEAN CITIES DO. Reporter: UP UNTIL THAT POINT, HE WAS HELPING TO REPAIR CITY CLOCKS FOR FREE. NOW SCHNEIDER DOESN’T OPERATE ALONE. HIS VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT FOREST MARKOWITZ SEE THE IMPORTANCE IN MAKING SURE THESE PIECES OF HISTORY TICK ON. VERY EASY TO SAY THROW IT OUT BUT YOU’RE LOSING THAT LINK WITH THE PAST. Reporter: HOW LONG WILL SCHNEIDER DO IT? I CAN’T SAY. SUFFICE IT TO SAY THAT I’M SURPRISED THAT I’M STILL DOING IT NOW. Reporter: JUST LIKE HE HAS FOR THE PAST 27 YEARS, SCHNEIDER RESUMES HIS WEEKLY MAINTENANCE LIKE CLOCK WORK. AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS, CBS2 NEWS. WE ASKED SCHNEIDER WHY HE TURNS THE CLOCKS BACK A DAY AHEAD OF TIME. HE SAID SIMPLY BECAUSE HE WON’T BE OUT SUNDAY AT 2:00 A.M. TO DO IT. A CRAFTSMAN TOO. HE SAYS IT’S A GOOD REMINDER FOR EVERYONE THAT DAYLIGHT

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