cynth (cynthtastic) wrote,

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A quasi-depressing meme

1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (22/11/1963)
I don't know that my parents had even met, but I'm sure I was -18.

2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (18/5/1980)
Still not alive.

3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (28/1/1986)
I have a vague recollection of watching this on TV. This was the same day my cousin was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (7/10/1989)
Not sure. I was in third grade.

5. When the Berlin Wall fell (7/11/1989)
I think I saw this on TV, too, but not live.

6. When the Gulf War began (16/1/1991)
This one I definitely saw on TV. I was inspired to write a poem about it ... a very, very bad poem. I was 9.

7. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (17/6/1994)
Ugh! Who cares? People are murdered every day. Murderers flee every day. No one interrupts Animaniacs to tell me about it. Just because OJ played football and acted (badly) in a few films doesn't make him important or special or different. Also, grrr!

8. When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed (19/4/1995)
I don't remember exactly, but I saw it on TV later that night. I spend a lot of time in front of the television.

9. When Princess Di was killed (31/8/1997)
I was barely 16. When I went to bed, she was still alive. My mother told me in the morning that she had died, and it was surreal.

10. When Bush was first announced President (7/11/2000)
Meh. I don't know. Pittsburgh. I'm not political. With apologies to my very liberal friends, this does not seem as catastrophic/momentous as the other events.

11. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (28/2/2001)
No idea. Pittsburgh. I didn't even know this happened...

12. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center (11/9/2001)
I was asleep. In fact, I slept in a bit that day and didn't have time to turn the TV on before running off to class. I noticed a lot of buildings had vague signs up to say they were closed. Class was canceled, and I was happy. I thought there must've been a bomb scare at the Cathedral or something. I ran into a girl who lived on the same floor as I did in the dorms freshmen year. I asked her why classes were canceled, and she told me a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I thought she must've misunderstood something, and even if she were right, hadn't a plane hit the Empire State Building once? Why cancel classes hundreds of miles away? I went back to my apartment, turned on the television, and cried for three days. I also tried for hours to call home and make sure everyone was OK. They were trying to call me, too, because the news originally said the plane that went down in Somerset went down in Pittsburgh. 1_dumb_mick called me that night. He and some other firemen had gone into Manhattan with supplies, and he told me how awful it was. That there was ash and debris everywhere. That trucks were driving over bodies in the rubble. For the first time in my life, I felt my freedoms threatened and my patriotism swell. I felt deeply sad then deeply scared then deeply angry. I wanted everyone responsible for this strung up by his testicles and beaten to death by the victims' families.

13. When Columbia disintegrated during re-entry over Texas. (1/2/2003)
Home. Watching TV. I cried some more. I remember not understanding for a long time that disappearing from the radar or losing contact with ground control meant the same thing as dying or disintegrating upon reentry. Maybe I'm just slow, but I think Pittsburgh news was unclear about this.

This meme has been brought to you by the letter Y, the number 7, and kittengirly.
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