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Where were you

Sorta nabbed from warren_s's journal.

On the Anniversayr of the Columbia explosion -

Where were you when...

The Shuttle Columbia Exploded?

At the farm for the weekend working on my car.

The WTC Collapsed?

Well right after the first plane hit, I had just crossed over War Memorial Drive on Prospect Avenue headed into Peoria Heights. I heard it on Rock 106. I called Deb on the cell and told her to turn on CNN and see what was up. I got to work and watched the whole thing as it took place on our little TV in the office. Then I kept checking circlek's LJ all day for updates.

The Shuttle Challenger Exploded?

In the bar of Texas Red's Steakhouse in Red River, NM trying to convince the bartender to let me drink because my 21st birthday was just over a month away.

John Lennon was shot?

I was at swimming practice. My friend Eric Franklin and I heard the news over the radio in the locker room. We both started to cry being huge Beatles fans and left practice to go home and listen to The White Album over and over again. I was 15 at the time.

John Belushi died?

Hey, it was a biggie for me. He died the night before my 17th birthday. I was home with a few friends watching MTV when the report came on. I've never really enjoyed Saturday Night Live since then.

Neil Armstrong walked on the moon?

I was 4. My little brotehr had been born not too long ago and I was with my dad at a track meet in Memphis.

The Soviet Union disolved?

I was living in NC and I heard it on the radio as I drove through rural Davie County setting up Boy Scout Troops.

Dessert Storm began?

I was due to attend a Boy Scout Commissioners meeting in Lexingon, NC but stayed home a little longer to watch the cool night vision fireworks on TV.

Nixon resigned?

I was in my classroom, "The BeeHive" in a public school in Santa Anna, California. I was 9 and all the teachers were very excited because it was something that had never happened before. I just wanted to play with some clay.

Martin Luther King was assassinated?

We were actually living in Memphis at the time. Living on a military base. I can remember all the adults standing outside crying. I was 3 but I remember that well.

Berlin Wall fell?

We were still cleaning up fom the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo in the Piedmont of NC. I heard about the wall coming down on my way into a staff meeting in High Point, NC. I walked in and said, "Hey, the Berlin Wall just fell!" To which the other Mark replied, "I didn't know it was even leaning."

I'm sure there are lots more but I'm not thinking of them at the moment.



Feb. 2nd, 2004 11:49 am (UTC)
Well, here we go.

Columbia: I was spending the night at my boss's place since we were up very late the next before working on completing some things. He'd turned on the television while making some breakfast and we both stopped and went "whoooaaahhhh"... I came down to where my computer was set up and poked around a few web-sites, and posted this journal entry.

WTC: I was at work, as per normal, when someone came around to our section and said "hey, I just heard a plane hit the WTC", and we all thought, must be some small plane or something... but one of the guys decided to tune in BBC Radio (over the net) and that's when we all started discovering how much more serious this was. One of the girls in our office was a New Yorker, too, and she had a nervous breakdown. I don't think my going around saying "well shit, if you bomb Arabs long enough, they're going to bomb you back, why can't America with all its intelligence figure this out?" made things any better for her.

Challenger: I was in the school library... can't remember why. But the announcement came over the P.A. and there was a sense that everything just... stopped...

Desert Storm: (You wrote Dessert Storm, hehe) I was delivering newspapers -- normally I took a Sony Walkman with me and listened to the radio while I did my route, and broadcasting was interrupted to bring the news. I remember stopping entirely and looking at the ground thinking, "somewhere way under my feet, people are dying"..

Berlin Wall: Saw this one on television after coming home from school. I don't really think I understood the significance of this at the time.

The other ones, I wasn't alive for, or I wasn't old enough to remember.
Feb. 2nd, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC)
I think the Challenger thing was annouced in schools because of the whole "Teacher in Space" thing associated with that and lots of schools had tuned in to watch the launch and there were supposed to be televised reports of the differnt tests and things people sent up with the teacher and all.


Feb. 2nd, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah... that makes a lot of sense; I'd never really thought of it that way. I remember one of my favourite teachers from that school from the look on her face from that day. I don't think I considered teachers to be real, fallible humans until then.


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