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"Where were you when..."meme

Posted on 2004.30.03 at 14:10
How I feel about it all: lazylazy
Soundtrack: Dave Matthews Band - Big-Eyed Fish

1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (22/11/1963)
I have no idea. I was two years old. I was in the hospital a lot early on, so I could have been there.

2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (18/5/1980)
At home, on Block Island. I remember feeling really bad about the poor man with the famous name (I forget it, someone remind me?) who wouldn't leave his home. [eta: His name was Harry Truman!]

3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (28/1/1986)
I was bringing my (then) husband home from the hospital. I don't remember exactly where I was, but most likely somewhere between Providence and Westerly, Rhode Island.

4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (7/10/1989)
I was home. I remember standing in the kitchen listening to the news..

5. When the Berlin Wall fell (7/11/1989)
Also home. I remember the footage on TV and the pictures in the paper. I don't think I really registered the historical import of this until later, although I have no idea why not.

6. When the Gulf War began (16/1/1991)
I remember this well/ I was home. We all very nervous and worried about retaliatory strikes, nuclear war, yadda. I remember watching the news at my next door neighbour's house and making fun of the newscasters. Yeah, good times. :P

7. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (17/6/1994)
I was home, watching on TV. I was actually not very interested in the whole thing, never became interested, and still am NOT interested. My thoughts were/are, how about the other millions of women who are killed and their stories are never told because their killers aren't famous?

8. When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed (19/4/1995)
I was at the house I had just bought, knocking down walls to make two small rooms into a big one. I had the radio on (I get most of my news from the radio). I remember being so, so sad, and waffling between railing at the bombers, and, like patchfire, throwing up my hands at the knee-jerk reaction of the people on AM talk radio who were out for blood.

9. When Princess Di was killed (31/8/1997)
I was at my house, at my computer (my old Mac!). I didn't find out until the next day that she'd died, just that she was injured and not expected to live. Her funeral was the only televised funeral I ever watched, and I do admit to turning it off not too long after Sir Elton performed "Goodbye England's Rose". It was v. sad, but I'm not a funeral fan, televised or otherwise. I like to think I didn't turn it on just to watch Sir Elton, but, eh. I probably did.

10. When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire on their classmates at Columbine High School (20/4/1999)
I didn't find out about it until that evening when I went to work (I was working at a restaurant at the time) and someone told me about it. Then it was everywhere, and kids were afraid to go to school, and all the bomb threats and bleh. Take away the guns.

11. When Bush was first announced President (7/11/2000)
Probably in my car. I kept hoping against hope that it wasn't true, but *sigh* It was. Needless to say I was a bit upset.

12. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (28/2/2001)
I don't remember this. *wracks brain*

13. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center (11/9/2001)
I was working in the Medical Records department of Newport Hospital. We didn't have a TV, so we listened to the radio feed of Peter Jennings (y'know that place at the low-frequency end of the radio that picks up TV?). I remember filing ER reports and listening as it all unfolded. I was concerned at how close we were to the Navy Base. A co-worker's wife worked at the base, and they wouldn't let her leave. I was very worried about my friend's two kids who were both in the Army. I figured we'd be at war and they'd be sent somewhere. They were, eventually sent overseas when the US invaded Iraq.

14. When Columbia disintegrated during re-entry over Texas. (1/2/2003)
I was home, in this very apartment. I didn't realise it happened until I saw it on Yahoo!News or something like that. It may have been patchfire who told me. I immediately turned on the TV. I remember thinking how sad that the astronaut from Israel had been so excited about the trip, and also thought it sort of eerie that there had been someone on Challenger who was a "guest" as well, not a member of the US space team.

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peacey at 2004-03-30 18:36 (UTC) ()
1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (22/11/1963)
Not even a glimmer in 'me parent's eye yet. My folks didn't marry until '63 and had me three years later.

2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (18/5/1980)
Hmm, don't recall for the life of me.

3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (28/1/1986)
Oh God, this I remember. I have followed the exploits of NASA and the astronauts since I was a youngster and have always lived vicariously through them, so this hit me VERY hard. I was at at home from school, sick. My mom called from work to check on me and said, "Did you hear about the shuttle? It blew up." I thought she was kidding and told her I didn't think that was very funny. She said, no, it was true and I think I hung up on her as I slammed the phone down and ran to the TV. I cried on and off for days afterwards.

4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (7/10/1989)
Was this the one that they continually showed the footage that was taken during the live baseball broadcast? I *definitely* remember watching that and about the collapsed freeway, but I can't recall where I was when it actually happened.

5. When the Berlin Wall fell (7/11/1989)
At home, watching the news with bated breath. I definitely did have a sense of history watching it and feeling so positive about the future, thinking that the world had a wonderful opportunity to turn a corner and create an existence wherein we all get along and live peacefully. I hadn't experienced that sense of worldwide positivity before...or since, unfortunately.

6. When the Gulf War began (16/1/1991)
Remember this well, and it was almost a polar opposite to how I was feeling in item 5. I remember the previous day was the deadline day for Sadam to withdraw from Kuwait before we would force him out and it was a weird day. Just feeling like everything was in a holding pattern and everyone was afraid to breathe. The adrenaline was on overdrive as the day dragged on and all we could do was wait for the inevitable. I knew a guy in the Army who was over there who drove a tank and I couldn't stop thinking about him, praying for him and all our brave soldiers. I was watching CNN late that night when the bombs started falling. I will never forget it. Listening to John Holiman, Bernard Shaw, & Peter Arnett broadcasting live from that hotel room in Baghdad as bombs were falling outside their window. It was riveting. I was up all night.

7. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (17/6/1994)
I was at my Mom's house. We watched it on TV. I thought it was pretty pathetic, actually.

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peacey at 2004-03-30 18:37 (UTC) ()
8. When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed (19/4/1995)
My husband and I were on vacation in Toronto. We had just walked into our hotel room after arriving and the maid was still making up the bed. She had a news channel on and they were talking about it. It was awful. As the days wore on and they came up with the sketches of the suspects, the second one (not McVeigh, but if you recall, there was one of a beefier looking guy with thick dark, slicked back hair)looked VERY similar to my husband. When we got back home and hubby went back to work, some of his fellow employees jumped him and railed on him that he was "Suspect #2". Actually, weirder still is that both McVeigh and Terry Nichols were from around my neck of the woods and driving home, we took the back way and drove right thru Dexter, MI where Nichols' brother lives & where he spent time. I remember seeing tons and tons of camera trucks in that teeny tiny burg. Probably more trucks than houses.

9. When Princess Di was killed (31/8/1997)
On vacation again, this time in California. Hubby and I were driving north up the Pacific Coast Highway around Monterey when we heard a raido report that she'd been in a serious car accident in Paris & her boyfriend had been killed & she'd been seriously injured but was expected to pull thru. It was shocking but we were glad to hear the positive outlook for her. We got to our hotel in Gilroy, CA, went out for what turned out to be the best meal of the trip, came back, turned on the telly & it was all over the channels how she had died. I remember Tom Brokaw had been crying and I just fell onto the bed in complete shock. Hubby, too. Such a vital being gone in a whiff of a moment like that, seemingly for no reason. It had a real sobering effect. We were in San Francisco the next day and we lined up to sign a condolence book at the British Embassy (I think it was the Embassy - it was definitely an official British establishment). We watched bits and pieces of the funeral at the SF airport.

10. When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire on their classmates at Columbine High School (20/4/1999)
I don't remember. As horrifying as this was, there had been so many other school shootings that I was starting to get numb to them. Terrifying.


11. When Bush was first announced President (7/11/2000)
Don't remember.

12. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (28/2/2001)
Don't remember.

13. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center (11/9/2001)
Working. I work at a call center for a phone company and all of a sudden the calls just *stopped*. No one was calling us. Then I got an email from my Mom that a plane had hit the WTC. Then I got another about plane #2. We were all horrified and I was thinking, what's getting hit next??? Then email 3 about the Pentagon & she was saying that a bomb exploded in front of the State Dept & the WHite House was being evacuated. It was chaos and I don't think I've ever been so terrified in my life. You just didn't know what was going to happen, who was going to be dead by sundown, how the govt was going to function. So many rumors! And eventually I realized that Jim and I had a good friend from his Air Force days that works in the Pentagon & I became frantic. On my break, I hauled ass to the breakroom to see half our center staring *dead silent* at the TV there, watching the replays of the planes hitting & the buildings collapsing & everyone was crying. I called John's wife and found out he was okay, thank God. Then when I heard that every single plane had been ordered down, I started to calm down a bit, thinking this would end, this would be okay, this country would go on. But the people, My God, all the innocent lives lost so horribly. I cried at my desk on and off all day and took only about 3 calls in six hours.


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peacey at 2004-03-30 18:38 (UTC) ()
14. When Columbia disintegrated during re-entry over Texas. (1/2/2003)
Home, watching Fox News for what was supposed to be the landing. When it was announced that the Columbia was late and that they'd lost track of her, I remember rocking in place on the sofa and saying over and over, "No no no, not again, not again...." As before, with Challenger, I grappled hard with this for days after. Kel, I think I was talking to you about it that weekend, trying to get a grip on things.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2004-03-31 05:01 (UTC) ()
Yep, I remember that. Scary stuff. *hugs*
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