Where were you when:
1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (11/22/1963)
Sitting in Sister Madeline's sixth grade classroom. Sister Virginia, the school principal made the announcement over the intercom, and asked us to pray for him. Theresa B. cried out, "Oh no!" When I got home, my mom was watching the TV, crying. It was a surreal weekend. I also remember being very pissy because they pre-empted the Saturday morning cartoons to cover the event.
2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (5/18/1980)
Beats me. Not so much of a flashbulb for me, because they'd been predicting for days (weeks?) that it could go any minute.
3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (1/28/1986)
Working in the lab at the old building. It was unusual, because our external sales guy was in town for training on some equipment we'd just got, and everyone who worked for the company (there were maybe seven of us at the time) happened to be in the lab when the news came over the radio (WBRU). At first we thought they were joking.
4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (10/7/1989)
Watching the World Series with Mike up on the third floor of the old house while he was painting the walls up there. Al Michaels said something like "Whoa, we're having an earthquake," and then the picture went out. A little later the networks started showing pictures. I remember seeing the collapsed highway, knowing it was going to be bad.
5. When the Berlin Wall fell (11/7/1989)
Watching it in Mike and Donna's living room, thinking that I never, ever, expected to see it come down in my lifetime
6. When the Gulf War began (1/16/1991)
Again, when the reports started coming in, I went upstairs and watched with Mike and Donna.
7. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (6/17/1994)
Sitting a bar with the Blues, having dinner and drinks after a softball game. It was a weird night, because we weren't in one of our usual haunts, and the place we were in was pretty much empty except for the team. Very strange night.
8. When Oklahoma City was bombed (4/19/1995)
I don't remember that one much. I was at work, but I don't think I realized the magnitude of what happened until much later.
9. When Princess Di was killed (8/31/1997)
At home, watching TV after a day spent at Fenway Park with Tom and his daughter watching the Red Sox play the Braves in old timey uniforms. Fred McGriff hit three home runs, and the Braves won big.
10. When Bush was first announced President (11/7/2000)
Election night? I remember watching on TV, and getting confused when NBC first called Gore in Florida, then took it back. I was probably sleeping when they finally called it. Not a flashbulb moment at all.
11. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (2/28/2001)
Don't remember this at all.
12. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center (9/11/2001)
Changing tapes on the backup system on our server. JR was listening to Stern in the next office, and he told me to come listen. I immediately tried to find out more on the news sites, but they were swamped, so I went to b.org, and spent the day there. Talking to people I'd never met at that point.
13. When Columbia disintegrated during re-entry over Texas. (2/1/2003)
Sitting in front of the computer screen, reading Live Journal. Here's my reaction.
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!
If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!
How grammatically sound are you?