Dressed in a dark blazer and a polka-dot tie, ABC News’ Frank Reynolds anchored the network’s live coverage of a total solar eclipse 38 years ago.

Although the celestial phenomenon on Feb. 26, 1979 was only visible from the Pacific Northwest, it was the last total solar eclipse over the contiguous United States to take place that century — and just like this year, the rare event captured the imagination of the nation.

“Good morning. This is indeed a special events broadcast of a genuine special event,” Reynolds said from ABC News’ studio in New York City. “The last total eclipse of the sun over the continent this century. The moon is moving between the sun and the earth and across a relatively narrow strip of the

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