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November 22, 2002

Where Were You? For a

Where Were You?

For a previous generation, the question of, “Where were you?” can be easily answered when referring to today’s date. For millions, November 22, 1963 will always be remembered as the day that President Kennedy was killed in Dallas. People remember exactly where they were and who gave them the message.

There are so few days in our lives that we can remember so clearly, that we know for the rest of our lives that date will always recognize something. Perhaps for this generation it will be September 11, 2001 (let’s hope there isn’t another similar day). Few things have such an impact as to be immediately etched into our permanent memory banks, but there are some.

For some it is the birth of children or the loss of an important relative. I remember exactly where I was in 1986 when the Challenger exploded. At that time the shuttle was still new enough that the liftoffs were carried live on television and I watched the liftoff and explosion as it occurred while skipping class in my college dorm room. As each year passes perhaps the memories fade a little bit and while we get the major events straight, our recollections of the details become fuzzy and eventually lost. Perhaps that is our way of protecting ourselves. Either way, here is a brief list of events that occurred that may cause people to remember where they were and what they were doing, not for all, but some (and not all for this generation. In random order:

1. O.J. “fleeing” at 20 mph in the white bronco.
2. The Berlin wall being torn down
3. Magic Johnson announcing he had HIV
4. The O.J. verdict
5. When Princess Diana died
6. December 7, 1941
7. Man walking on moon
8. Cuban missile crisis
9. Olympic killings

Obviously some are not of such great historical significance, but weaved with pop culture enough that people paid attention. Please add to my list. I am heading somewhere and didn’t give this list the time I would have liked.

Posted by Woundwort at November 22, 2002 02:40 PM | TrackBack
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