Briandong79 wrote: the cheese wrote: JichaelDick wrote: Colonel Angus wrote:
Briandong79 wrote:One of my favorite Simmons columns ever.
It's a good column.
This part raised my eyebrow a bit:
This was Generation X’s defining “I remember exactly where I was when it happened” moment, our version of JFK’s assassination. You couldn’t think of something to say that could match the moment, so you didn’t even try. There were no words.
He's referring there to the reading of the verdict, which happened in October of 1995. Less than six years away from 9/11.
I'll grant I was 9, but the OKC bombing (which took place about 6 months before the OJ verdict) stuck with me more.
Obviously it was a bigger deal in OKC, and maybe the South as a whole, but I don't remember where I was when I first heard about the OKC bombing. I do distinctly remember Magic's announcement, Columbine, OJ's verdict, and 9/11 though (Middle school basketball game, just got home from school, Geometry, trying to celebrate before class in law school, respectively).
I don't remember where I was for Columbine, but I remember the others:
Magic's announcement: using a friend's computer to type a law school assignment
OJ's verdict: watching a crappy tv at work
OKC bombing: on the radio driving back from Zanesville, O following a court hearing
9/11: my then girlfriend, future wife, calling me from the hospital where she was very sick and taking all kind of drugs calling me at work and saying, "I think something is up with the FAA. A plane hit the world trade center. Another one just did too."