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Where were you... [Mar. 28th, 2004|07:11 pm]
Zoethe
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Stolen from dreagoddess who stole it from someone else

Where were you...
1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (22/11/1963)
I was five years old, and can remember my mother sobbing that the President had been shot. We watched the funeral on TV and I felt very sorry for John John.

2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (18/5/1980)
Actually had a front-row seat! I was home from my college and staying at my mother's in Portland, Oregon. The explosion woke me up, but it was too distant and I didn't realize what it was. Got up, turned on the news, and charged outdoors to view the roiling clouds of ash, visible from the front yard, blowing east.

3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (28/1/1986)
I was pregnant with my first child, at home, and the phone rang. My then-husband, John, said, "You'd better turn on the TV; the Challenger shuttle exploded." I thought I was going to go into labor from the shock. I spent the entire day watching it over and over again.

4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (7/10/1989)
Watching the baseball game when the announcer said that the only way the Giants were gonna stay in the series would be if there was an earthquake - and moments later, there was.

5. When the Berlin Wall fell (7/11/1989)
Living in Alaska, but I can't remember exactly the events surrounding it.

6. When the Gulf War began (16/1/1991)
On a ski vacation in Michigan with John's family. We had all come in from lunch and were sitting down when his brother Andrew came in and told us that the U.S. had launched missiles against Iraq. We just sat there in damp ski clothes and wondered if it would lead to escalation.

7. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (17/6/1994)
Saw it on the news. I don't consider this a world-shattering event.

8. When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed(19/4/1995)
Heard about it in the car, listening to NPR.

9. When Princess Di was killed (31/8/1997)
Got up in the morning and opened the newspaper. Just sort of stared at the headline, uncomprehending. Turned on the TV in an attempt to confirm that it was an error. It wasn't.

10. When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire on their classmates at Columbine High School (20/4/1999)
Another one I heard first on NPR while running errands, getting ready to move into my new house.

11. When Bush was first announced President (7/11/2000)
Can't remember the exact circumstances, only the horror. And it got worse.

12. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (28/2/2001)
No clue

13. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center.
At work. Someone said, "Hey, a plane hit the World Trade Center" and I thought "poor bastards," assuming it was a small plane. Then someone said two planes had hit it. Then someone said it was a jet. I rolled my eyes, thinking that the urban legend machine was going full tilt, and clicked on Yahoo!

You couldn't read the news stories, because so many people were trying to access them. The boss had forbidden television or radios, so we had no source of news. Ferrett and I only had dialup then, so I couldn't get through to him because he was online, working. I sent him a frantic email: TURN ON THE TV!!! And that's how we got most of our news that day, from Ferrett's emails. I flew through the office, updating people on each incomprehensible detail. The towers are blazing. The Pentagon has been hit as well. People are jumping. Another plane went down in Pennsylvania. Tower Two has fallen.

The World Trade Center is gone.

In between I sat at my desk, still working, tears streaming down my face. People wanted to leave, but the boss was having none of that, and I can't say I disagreed with her. It was clear that this attack was over, the element of surprise capitalized upon. But at 11 the building manager announced that they were evacuating by noon, so we left. All of downtown cleveland was streaming out of town. I had ridden with my friend Jeff on the Rapid, so we headed for the station, only to find out that the train service had been stopped for fear of an attack on Tower Center. The traffic was so slow, though, that we were able to walk back to the parking lot and accept the ride a co-worker had offered after all - hers was among the hundreds of cars crowding the streets. We eventually got out of town and came here and watched with the rest of America, and I realized that the evacuation had been lest about impending danger and more about grieving. People needed the time.
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2004-03-29 01:05 am (UTC)
I remember some of those things rather dimly, as they didn't make much of an impact on me. Others, especially the explosion of the Challenger, the slaughter at Columbine and the World Trade Center, are the kinds of things that I don't think I'll be able to forget entirely until I die.

After living through a couple of them, I understood what older folks had meant about being able to remember where they were and what they were doing when Kennedy was shot. Some things make an impression so strong that there is little aside from brain-damage or death that will ever make it go away.
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From: appleblossomtru
2004-03-29 01:36 am (UTC)
Where were you...
1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (22/11/1963)
I was just over a year old, so I don't remember it. Although I *do* remember the infamous Goldwater daisy commercial. Go figure.

2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (18/5/1980)
That was toward the end of my senior year of high school. The footage on the news was incredible, and I felt bad for those who lost their property and lives.

3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (28/1/1986)
I was at work. My supervisor told us, and we thought he was joking. Got home to find out he wasn't. Very sad day. I was amazed to see the tributes to the astronauts from other nations.

4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (7/10/1989)
I watched some of it on the news. What really stuck out in my mind was the car that fell when the bridge collapsed, and this pickup truck behind him slamming on his brakes.

5. When the Berlin Wall fell (7/11/1989)
My ex made a comment that maybe the SF earthquake started it. ::eyeroll::

6. When the Gulf War began (16/1/1991)
I was working as a pharmacy tech. Some guy came in and told us that the "crap in the middle east just got worse."

7. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (17/6/1994)
I was probably breast feeding my last kid, who was a month old then. What an oinker he was.


8. When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed(19/4/1995)
That was the day after my friend and two of her young children were killed in a car accident. All I could think about was the kids in that daycare.

9. When Princess Di was killed (31/8/1997)
I had insomnia that night, and was watching tv when they interrupted with the news story. I was surprised, and ended up staying up til 5am. Later that week, after everyone was pissing and moaning about what a "horrible tragedy" it was, I thought, "Why shouldn't bad, shitty things happen to the royals? They're no better than the rest of us, sheesh..."

10. When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire on their classmates at Columbine High School (20/4/1999)
That was my ex's birthday, so I was probably at his dad's house, or out shopping for the party.

11. When Bush was first announced President (7/11/2000)
Umm...most likely I was beating my head on the nearest wall, wherever I was. Probably at home.

12. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (28/2/2001)
I have no recollection of that event whatsoever. Does that make me a bad person?

13. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center.
I was at home, and had logged on to check my email. A friend IMd me and said to hurry up and turn on the news. We watched the second plane hit. I didn't cry...I was too shocked to, I suppose. Later that evening, my son, who was 7, was watching the footage of it. He stared at the tv, then turned to me and said, "Is that real?" I said yes, and he watched it again. Then he asked, "Was that an accident?" I said no. I could see the little gears, pulleys and chains fly into overdrive as his little mind boggled, then he said, "Why? Who would do that, Mom?" That's when I cried.



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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2004-03-29 04:01 am (UTC)
Where were you...
1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (22/11/1963)
I wasn't born until 1968.

2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (18/5/1980)
I was actually in Portland visiting my great aunt but I was so young that I don't remember much.

3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (28/1/1986)
I was in school.

4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (7/10/1989)
I was finishing up at work (Travis AFB, 50 minutes away)and felt it. My fiance's had family in the Bay area a we had a hard time getting through. The Bay Bridge was closed for several months so when you went in the city you had to take a large detour. Actually traffic was light for some reason that day and there were a lot fewer casualties than there could have been.
5. When the Berlin Wall fell (7/11/1989)
I was a newlywed in California and caught up in other stuff so I don't remember much.

6. When the Gulf War began (16/1/1991)
I was in the Air Force stationed in California. Lucky for me I worked in a hospital and we were sent to a turnkey hospital in England. We set up quickly and then waited around for casualties that fortunately never came.

7. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (17/6/1994)
Saw it on the news. I don't consider this a world-shattering event. Ditto.

8. When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed(19/4/1995)
I was a housewife at the time and watched things unfold on the news. I cried for weeks afterword whenever I saw the piture of the firefighter with the little girl.

9. When Princess Di was killed (31/8/1997)
I was going through my stay up late period and saw the news on tv.

10. When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire on their classmates at Columbine High School (20/4/1999)
Still a housewife, I also watched this unfold on tv. Horrified for the kids.

11. When Bush was first announced President (7/11/2000)
I don't remember exactly but I was too naive to understand how bad it was going to get.

12. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (28/2/2001)
No clue

13. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center.
My husband called from work at about 6 pacific time and told me to turn on the tv. I pretty much watched in horror the rest of the day. We were living on Travis AFB again at the time and things were very intense. Security got seriously amped up and things have never been the same since. The base was in lock down the day of, no one could leave or come on. I was relieved that they let my husband back on. He was in uniform.
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[User Picture]From: still_just_me
2004-03-29 06:28 am (UTC)

well, half of it

I'm just gonna start this from the time when my memories weren't mostly cartoons...
  1. I was eleven, and all I can really remember thinking was, "Well, at least there isn't a jury in the world that wouldn't convict him now."

  2. I was twelve at this time...I think I started answering too early... My clearest recollection here is asking someone if that was in the United States and getting the response, "Oklahoma City."

  3. I remember being puzzled at why all the people could be so sad on television. I think this was my first encounter with the fact that people could mourn for someone they'd only known from afar as if they were family.

  4. Sixteen, and it was something I heard first about secondhand. The biggest coverage I had on that came 1) from videogame magazines, where one side of one heck of a debate started picking up, and 2) in my school, the same time as when they put wire grills in all the door-windows. (Small square windows in the doors themselves and windows between the metal door frame and the wall in most classrooms.) One of my friends in school back then got kicked out of school on suspicion of having a map of the school with circles drawn on it. Never found one, he never had one, but apparently some kid overheard him talking in the hall about how easy it'd be to blow up the school.

    Understand, he was my friend, but if he could've made a bomb that could blow up a high school, I could've made a space shuttle out of paperclips. But some kids in a different state had gone on a massacre, and my friend was trounced out of school. It was like nothing could have been more impossible, nothing could have been more unfair.

  5. Oh.

  6. I can remember a disaster befalling Washington, but you're talking about a different part of the country all together.

  7. We'd had these TVs in all the classrooms for about a year. They turned on automatically every morning to 'ChannelOne News' for fifteen minutes. Some kids would come on and report on the latest hotbutton issue. That day started like that...maybe it was Napster or rBGH. I think it was the second or third class that the teacher came back in from the hall and just turned the TV on. Those little bitty flames were licking out in the middle of all that smoke. Pretty soon there was a big jet of fire that looked like it was spewing out of the building, lasted for a second. I thought the tank had exploded on the plane in the tower, but some kids were claiming they'd seen another plane hit. Even when they played the frame by frame, I didn't see it at first. I thought a jet like they were talking about would fill the screen. It looked like a model airplane hitting the side of that building.
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[User Picture]From: naath
2004-03-29 01:01 pm (UTC)
9. When Princess Di was killed (31/8/1997)
Got up in the morning and opened the newspaper. Just sort of stared at the headline, uncomprehending. Turned on the TV in an attempt to confirm that it was an error. It wasn't.


this reminds me of something I was wondering back them... why do you care? why did so many people who had never met the woman, never met her familly care? why did so many non-brits care (well, she was part of the royal familly)?

How come everyone made such a fuss? when for most of her married life most of the press were saying nasty things about how much people hated her because she was x/y/z that they thought they could make money out of...

She was just a person, she died. We all will eventually. And whilst I'd be shocked and upset if my best friend died tomorow I probably wouldn't care less if the entire royal familly was wiped out.

So, um, not trying to be mean about you careing about her, but *why* did you care?
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[User Picture]From: donkey_hokey
2004-03-29 01:44 pm (UTC)

comments

I find it interesting that the WTC destruction has no date listed, of all of them. (I was at work, too, btw. I found out when my husband called and said the towers had been hit.)

It's also been really disturbing that Princess Diane and Mother Teresa both died about the same time, yet Diana's death has been the one that's always gotten the attention.

Of that list, I can see only 6 that I would consider historically pivotal (JFK, Challenger, Berlin Wall, OK bombing, Columbine, and 9/11).

The rest are business as usual, in one way or another.

Eh, all this is, of course, my opinion and should be taken as such.
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