Daisy Duke, WatchDog recall New Year's Eve 1980
Evidently, Catherine (Daisy Duke) Bach was in Times Square with me in 1980. I do not recall seeing her there.
There was a huge difference in the experience between attending in 1978 and '80. In '78, the mob gathered in one huge mass, making it easier for celebrants to rob and stab one another.
By '80, the police had set up an elaborate series of barricades to isolate people in relatively small groups, making it easier for them to maintain order.
Not sure whether that change came in time for '79 or whether it was new in '80, but it was a humongous improvement. I assume it is still done that way.