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    Mar 14, 2008 7:29 PM GMT
    In a recent conversation with a friend we were discussing if we remembered where we were or what we were doing when we found out about some of history’s most recent memorable events. I thought this would make a good post considering the diversity of this group. Here are some of the events we came up with and where I was at the time. Please comment on as many or as few as you like and feel free to add some to the list.

    Challenger Accident - Elementary School: We did not watch it on TV.
    Tiananmen Square Massacre – Watching TV (Falcon Crest series finally) with my mother: Dan
    Rather kept interrupting the show with breaking news.
    Berlin Wall – Elementary School: I was watching TV after school
    Rodney King Verdict – Middle School: We watched it on TV.
    Princess Diana’s Death – Visiting my parents: I had come back from being out with friends and turned on the news
    Sep 11th – College: I happened to turn on the news before going to class that day.
    Columbia Accident – Home: I was cleaning my room, my roommate came in and turned my TV on to the news.

    One final thing: What music (if any) were you listing to when you read this. I was listing to Rachmaninov Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor when I wrote this. I play the cello and a couple of other instruments.
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    Mar 14, 2008 8:02 PM GMT
    Challenger Accident - January 28th, 1986 (my sister's birthday), I was in final year of MBA.

    Tiananmen Square Massacre – working.

    Berlin Wall – working.

    Rodney King Verdict – I don't know when this happened. Probably working.

    Princess Diana’s Death – At my family cottage in New Brunswick.

    Sep 11th – was in a meeting at work.

    Columbia Accident – working.

    One final thing: What music (if any) were you listing to when you read this - none but I like you taste in music.

    Here are some events that are before your time that I remember:

    Martin Luther King's assassination - I was in grade 2;

    Robert F. Kennedy's assassination - I was home after school (grade 2);

    Man's first landing on the moon - July 20th, 1969, I watched Walter Cronkite's live coverage on CBS;

    Woodstock - I was at our summer cottage in New Brunswick;

    Richard Nixon resigns - I was at our family cottage in New Brunswick, I believe it was also my brother's 19th birthday.
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    Mar 14, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    Challenger Accident - January 28th, 1986 - I was 5; don't remember

    Tiananmen Square Massacre – I was 8; don't remember

    Berlin Wall – ditto

    Rodney King Verdict – I remember being at my childhood home in LA, watching local news about riots getting closer and closer.

    Princess Diana’s Death – Also remember watching this on TV.

    Sep 11th – Sophomore year college, lived in a big 126 member house. A person's single room was crowded when I woke and this one girl who I remember explained what happened and said "This is the biggest attack to the US since Pearl Harbor" and I just thought "Wow, what a way to start the day."

    Columbia Accident – Don't remember.

    One final thing: None but I like you taste in music ALSO! icon_smile.gif

    Yup, the rest down here all before my time
    Martin Luther King's assassination
    Robert F. Kennedy's assassination
    Man's first landing on the moon
    Richard Nixon resigns

    Ummm, I remember being shocked when Chris Benoit was the WWE wrestler that killed himself and his family. I was so infatuated with him at one point. icon_redface.gif
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    Mar 14, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    * Challenger Accident - Not born yet
    * Tiananmen Square Massacre – 2 years old, do not remember
    * Berlin Wall – 3 years old, do not remember
    * Rodney King Verdict – 8 years old, do not remember
    * Princess Diana’s Death – I was in 4th grade, do not remember exactly what I was doing but I do remember listening to elton john's diana version of candle in the wind a lot
    * Sep 11th – I was in my sophomore year of high school and I was in my gifted class when the first tower got struck. I thought the building would stay up. Then 10 minutes later I went to an elective class and watched on TV as the other building got hit, then as one tower fell, then the other fell
    * Columbia Accident – I remember it as a saturday morning, I just woke up and turned on the TV and it happened to be on NBC and they were showing it.
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    Mar 15, 2008 12:46 PM GMT
    Tiananmen Square, Space Shuttle Accidents (Columbia/Challenger) - I wasn't even a sperm cell yet...

    Berlin Wall - probably taking a poo poo in me diapers.

    Rodney King Verdict - probably eating a cookie in Preschool

    Princess Diana - saw it on the news at home. My sisters weren't Diana fans though, so there wasn't any hysterics.

    September 11 - I remember waking up and it was on the news. It was so surreal. I kept thinking it doesn't look real on TV. I skipped morning classes in high school that day to watch for developments. Pretty much everyone else was watching anyway. When they started showing footages of people jumping, I couldn't stand it and I got to school instead. Turns out classes were suspended.

    One of my classmates was clueless about it though. having left their house without turning on the TV. At first, he thought we were joking. icon_confused.gif

    Hm... music - The 88's - Nobody Cares (and no that isn't some snide comment at the thread. LOL. It's really what's on my playlist)
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    Mar 15, 2008 1:50 PM GMT
    Sorry to break the news Sedative14, you were very much alive when Tiananmen square happened (1989)! You were not very old though (3 perhaps).
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    Mar 15, 2008 1:52 PM GMT
    Och. and here I was thinking Tiananmen was 1970's or something. icon_wink.gif

    Ok then, I was probably wrestling with my younger bro in the playpen (though he'd be like 2 icon_eek.gif )
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    Mar 15, 2008 2:01 PM GMT
    President Lincoln's assassination: Um well...

    President Kennedy's assassination: Not born yet


    Landing on Moon: I'm not sure if I remember it or just think I remember it.

    Nixon's resignation: I do remember it. He's the first President I remember, especially since my Dad referred to him as "Tricky Dick" or "That Bastard".
    I remember Dad saying, "that crook is really gone"

    Challenger: Was off from school that day and was working at a part time job. It was shocking.

    Halleys comet in 1986: A dud.. and this was to be a "lifetime event". I hear it was great in 1910.

    Fall of Berlin Wall: Studying to take some post graduate exams. I remember it was really exciting.

    September 11th: I was in Toronto seeing friends...and there was no return for a week. I was locked out.

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    Mar 15, 2008 2:19 PM GMT

    JFK Assassination: in 7th grade, English or Science class (had the same room and teacher). I was sitting in the far corner from the door. A girl came in and said the president had been shot. The teacher told her to sit down, we dont talk about such things.

    RFK...dont remember, saw it on tv

    MLK...dont remember, saw it on tv

    Challenger Accident - at work, watched it on tv in a small room...this is the one with the O rings, right?

    Tiananmen Square Massacre – dont remember, .

    Berlin Wall – in Berlin as it came down...I got pieces...stand at the Brandenburg Gate, look east, there used to be a guard tower on the right in the East German's wall (there were actually two walls), my pieces came from that guard tower.

    Rodney King Verdict – dont remember

    Princess Diana’s Death – at home...picked up the newspaper on the driveway, saw the big black headline, my neighbor was watering her plants, I said OMG Princess Di is dead...the neighbor was gone hahahaha

    Sep 11th – working at home...saw it in my LR.

    Columbia Accident – there was another accident????
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    Mar 15, 2008 2:27 PM GMT
    Challenger Accident - We all saw it on TV in my office.

    Tiananmen Square Massacre – I watched this on the trading floor on the stock exchange.

    Berlin Wall – ditto

    Rodney King Verdict – ditto

    Princess Diana’s Death – I was in a gay bar in Washington D.C. with 300 weeping queens.

    Sep 11th – between jobs; I had just moved to Florida and saw it all on TV.

    Columbia Accident – working.

    Martin Luther King's assassination - I was 11

    Robert F. Kennedy's assassination - I was 11

    Man's first landing on the moon - July 20th, 1969, I watched Walter Cronkite's live coverage on CBS. I was 12.

    Woodstock - I was 12, too young to go, sigh.

    Richard Nixon resigns - I was home after my first year of college; my friends and I watched him resign and then we all went out and partied all night.
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    Mar 15, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    President Kennedy's assassination: I was 4 years old - I remember reading the huge headlines and numerous pages of copy and pictures in the San Francisco Chronicle. We all watched television for three or four days - nonstop - even seeing Lee Harvey Oswald shot (live) right before our eyes.

    Challenger: I remember too well - my dad was a Lockheed officer - and had to shoulder some blame for Challenger - it was January 1986 - I was working that day at Syntex (pharmaceutical company) as a manager of international marketing. My dad was on television having to try to explain and answer questions. He had a heart attack the day he got home - and survived, thankfully.

    Moon landings: My parents were more interested in these (see above) than I was - and I never cared to meet the astronauts or their wives - it was my parents' thing - not mine. I got to see some moon rocks - only mildly interested.

    Nixon's resignation: 1974 - I was in high school. Sad event for my grandparents - they thought he was framed and they felt sorry for him. I later saw the new president Ford at the St. Francis Hotel the day someone (a crazy woman) took a shot at him in front of the hotel - which did not hit him.

    Robert Kennedy's assination: I was nine - we all watched the coverage on television. Same with Martin Luther King - which I think was a few months earlier.

    The day Reagan was shot: March 30, 1981 - Sad day for my family - my grandparents were friends of Ron & Nancy and helped to get him elected - first to the governorship, then the presidency. I was a fresh Stanford graduate working at my first marketing job at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, California. This was huge news in my family......grandparents very upset. I had seen Reagan a number of times - he gave fundraising speeches on our patio for lots of guests starting when he was running for governor in 1966.

    Patty Hearst's kidnapping: February 4, 1974 - a horrible event that affected us personally - we were neighbors and the families were close. I was in high school. Cops everywhere - you couldn't go for a bike ride or move around freely in our little town of Hillsborough- streets blocked. I counted 44 cars/trucks/satellite vehicles in the street in front of the Hearst house - reporters writing and doing live interviews - waiting for news communiques from the kidnappers - they had batteries of mikes set up representing news agencies from all over the world - in the Hearst driveway - waiting for some news - the parents would come out from time to time and answer questions and send messages to Patty by speaking to news media. We were so afraid we'd never see her again. These reporters stayed on for weeks......Patty wasn't rescued for over a year.

    September 11: I was just getting up - the morning news was on the television. I remember thinking the second plane hitting the towers was just a re-showing of the first plane - I couldn't believe two planes. Our family was freaked out since two United planes were involved - our grandfather co-founded UAL - many family members worked there.

    Loma Prieta earthquake: 1989 - San Francisco - Major event for those of us living here - a section of the Bay Bridge collapsed - people died - fires and destruction in the City, especially the Marina district. I was home in a top floor penthouse condo - knocked to the floor - couldn't get up and go stand in a doorway as we had always been told to do - just hanging on to the floor - book cases falling - cupboards opening - dishes and glassware falling out, crashing to the floor. It seemed like it went on for a long time - very scary! Luckily my building did not collapse. Unforgettable.

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    Mar 15, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    Shooting pool when Elvis was annouced dead.

    At work when OJ got his verdict and I was pissed off.

    At work when the Space shuttle blew up.

    At work the morning of 9-11.

    In college dorm when John Lennon got shot.

    On vacation during the Oklahoma bombing.

    Driving down the 87 south when I heard on the Radio that Sonnie Bono died.

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    Mar 15, 2008 3:50 PM GMT
    Your grandfather co-founded UAL? I am a big aviation fan, now I am going to have to get out my "Airlines of th United States Since 1914" by R.E.G. Davies and starting read up about United Air Lines.

    BTW Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated April 4th, 1968 I believe, two months before RFK. I watched the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite evering night with my parents, what a year that was!
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    Mar 15, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    Challenger Accident - Elementary school, and we did see it on TV... live. Very upsetting.

    Tiananmen Square Massacre – I was in high school.... freshman year, I think. I don't remember it very well, but I do remember seeing the tanks roll in, and I remember hearing it on the news as a TV reported was taken down by some people.

    Berlin Wall – 8th or 9th grade, I think. I remember watching it on TV while my family and I were eating dinner. My father said, "I can't believe it's actually happening."

    Rodney King Verdict – Again, high school.

    Princess Diana’s Death – Visiting my parents too. Summer before my senior year of college. I remember Mother Theresa of Calcutta dying at that time too. Very sad.

    Sep 11th – In Nagano, Japan, 12 'o clock midnight. Utterly shocking.... thought I was watching a TV movie. It was so bizarre to be in a foreign country when something like this happens. The fallout was also terrible... several scared people. My boss, the idiot, let the newspapers call me at home to get my reaction! I kicked his ass for that... literally.

    Columbia Accident – Chicago... just got off of work.

    And here are some more from my "era":

    The attempt to impeach Bill Clinton - In grad school. I had come home for my grandfather's funeral. I remember thinking this was the stupidest thing to impeach a President over.

    Oklahoma City bombing - Sophomore year in college. This one actually hit really close to home, because I had (and still have) family in Oklahoma City... some of whom frequented that building.

    Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas: Just before my 16th birthday. I was so pissed because it was my birthday and everyone was glued to the fucking TV set.

    Execution of Saddam Huessein: On a business trip in Japan. Again, always weird to see news like this in another country. At the same time the Senate elections were goig on in the States.... both of those were big pieces of news in Japan.

    Murder of John Lennon: I was 5, but I remember it being on the news.

    Tsunami in SE Asia: At my mother's house over Christmas. I was very worried, because some of the people I worked with in Japan liked to go to Phuket for vacation, and I was hoping that none of them were there.

    The day Reagan was shot: Vague memories of this, but I remember seeing it on TV.

    The day JFK Jr. died: Very sad... staying at my best friend's house in Chicago.

    The rescue of "Baby Jessica" McClure: Remember her? The little girl they had to dig out of the well? I remember this like it happened yesterday, and I think I was only 12 when it happened. Maybe not a 'historical event' from a world perspective, but I am sure many people in the U.S. remember to some degree.

    What am I listening to? My cat purring.

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    Mar 15, 2008 4:24 PM GMT
    Challenger Accident - I was 5 yrs old, at home with my grandparents, watching the live feed on the news. It must have been one of the first times I actually began to wonder about what death really meant?

    Tiananmen Square Massacre – Was with my family in their "summer home" in Mexico fishing and swimming in the rivers and lakes; and horseback riding on a distant relative's ranch.

    Berlin Wall – I was hearing about the news from my teachers who were very interested in it while the story developed, but didn't get what was really going on until I saw it on the news that night with my family.

    Rodney King Verdict – I must have been at home watching Married With Children or The Simpsons when I was rudely interupted by the news for the next few months...

    Princess Diana’s Death – I was really into celebrity news at the time, and was saddened by her death, since she was more than just a celebrity, royal or princess in the British Royal Family; she was and still is one of my heroes. I've never been able to watch any real celebrity news on t.v. and never purchase anything that I know to be sourced by the stupid paparazzi.

    Sep 11th – I was on my way to my college classes, driving on the highway. I've always listened to the latin/pop, oldie and country stations everyday on my way to class. But randomly without any real reason I got the urge to listen to my grandpa's favorite station in the morning, "IMUS". The minute I did, I heard him reading the then hour late news. Then, I got to school, but everyone was in disarray. They told me classes were cancelled, but they didn't know for how long. I sat watched, my jaw on the ground, hours began to pass watching the loop of news play over and over again. People weren't really there, and neither was I... it was like having a family member dying in the family - for everybody. I even called my grandmother, who couldn't believe me...

    Columbia Accident – I was taking the Greyhound from Arizona to Colorado to live with my family there. It must have been playing on the news, over and over again, but I've tuned out the noise, both because I was tired from 3 days of no sleep for fear of someone taking my things, and two cause the news is only 'NEW' about once a day, if at all. I didn't realize what had happened until moving in with sister's house a week or later when I caught an update/loop on an updated news forecast. I think Anderson Cooper was the reporter at the time?
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    Mar 15, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    John Glenn's first Mercury launch: trying to get born. All of the doctors and nurses left the room to go watch TV, so Mom and I had to get by on our own. (Glenn's launch was scrubbed, but mine was successful.)

    JFK Assasination: With Mom, shopping in the Super-On-Sixth. (Now the liquor store.)

    Apollo 1 pad fire: During my birthday party. Fortunately, they didn't tell the kids what was happening.

    Apollo 11 Lunar landing: In the living room, watching the the brand new color zenith cabinet-TV. Dad was p/o'ed when he found out the NASA cameras were only black and white! (Star Trek and Lost in Space, however, were in color!)

    Apollo 13 re-entry: In school. The whole school sat on the floor in the gym, watching one little TV up on the stage. During the radio blackout it was very, very, very, very quiet.

    Overthrow of Anastasio Somoza by the Sandanistas: In the air somewhere over El Salvador. The US Marines went in to rescue him and threatened to shoot down any aircraft in their path. Our flight made an emergency landing in San Salvador.

    Eruption of Mt. Saint Helens: Camping near Mt. Adams (due east.) We thought there was a really big thunder storm rolling in, so we broke camp early - drove out just before ash started raining down.

    Murder of John Lennon: At college - the news came out at breakfast the next morning. Nobody went to class that day. People sat around in the quad and played guitar.

    Challenger explosion: In grad school. Came back to the lab from class and everyone was just sitting around staring at the walls and quietly eating my birthday cake.

    September 11 Attacks: Working. Scanned Yahoo News on a coffee break. The first few reports made it sound like another small plane had bounced off a skyscraper. Didn't pay much attention at the time.

    Breakup of the Columbia: Working. Scanned Yahoo News on a coffee break. Had to read it three times before I understood what it was saying.

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    Mar 15, 2008 5:59 PM GMT
    Caslonin Berlin as it came down...I got pieces...

    Same here! I remember riding a train and listening to a nearby group of East Germans who were crying they were so happy. I wanted to know the details... Were they visiting some relatives on the west side of the city after a long separation? Who knows? You could definitely feel the energy in the streets.


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    Mar 15, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    I was there for a meeting a few weeks later - you still had to go through check-points. Funny - most of the people on the streets seemed to be American frat boys on vacation. I wasn't going to take a piece of the wall, but I ended up buying one from two very small boys with very large hammers who were breaking off pieces and selling them to tourists. Gotta encourage budding capitalist entrepreneurs!
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    Mar 15, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
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    Murder of John Lennon: I was 5, but I remember it being on the news.

    The night John Lennon was shot, I was sharing a cab home from my job around midnight with my co-worker Patti. We saw a huge crowd in front of the Dakota and thought maybe there was something cool going on (like maybe John and Yoko were signing autographs? Or a Lauren Bacall sighting?), so we jumped out of the cab and started milling around in the crowd.

    It took only seconds to hear that Lennon had been shot. The people were standing around in shocked disbelief. What a weird night.
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    Mar 15, 2008 10:00 PM GMT
    Challenger Accident: i dont even know if i was born.

    Tiananmen Square Massacre:^^^^^^^^^

    Berlin Wall:i wasnt even a spermy yet.my rents my married tho

    Rodney King Verdict:i cant rember so i take it wasnt born

    Princess Diana’s Death:in bed asleep.

    Sep 11th:i woke up walked out mum and my sister were watchin it on tv,i thort i was a new movie.

    Columbia Accident:it was like 86 rite?

    um my sister was born lol
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    Mar 15, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    I barely remember the Columbia, but it was 2003. I looked it up online, it's easy, though, I do understand it might be wrong. Who gives a crap anyway? I don't have to take any more tests if I don't want to. You're not the boss of me and I don't have to answer your qvestions!

    Don't mind me, I'm just practicing for that day when I or somebody near me realizes that I have slipped into the clutches of alzheimers.
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    Mar 16, 2008 4:33 AM GMT
    in jail......

    haha, j/k

    working (9/11) and as for the others i was stillin school.
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    Mar 16, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    that's weird I can't remember anything but 9/11...I was at the airport, working, with 300 Americans and Canadians desperate to get home (i was in France back then)...
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    Mar 17, 2008 7:09 PM GMT
    Challenger Accident - I was in the Army, it was on the TV in the Barracks day room and a lot of us were watching it.

    Tiananmen Square Massacre – In the Barracks on the day room TV

    Berlin Wall – In the day room of the barracks, I was so used to it being up I couldn't believe it was happening. I had been to Berlin when the wall was up when I was stationed in Germany.

    Rodney King Verdict – I don't remember the moment, I think we were in the field, but we learned about it and the riots that followed when we came in. There was some racial tension in the barracks.

    Princess Diana’s Death – I don't remember.

    Sep 11th – I was driving to shool in Bowling Green Ohio, I heard about it on the radio and thought to myself that some Air traffic Controller is in big trouble. I was listening to Bob and Tom on the radio at the time, and just turning off of route 6 on to Bowling Green road.

    Columbia Accident – I was home watching TV and it came on the TV as breaking news. I was devastated because a book I had just read predicted it would happen, it's called "The Bible Code 2".

    I'm not listening to music right now.

    Kennedy's assasination, I was pissed that the cartoons were cancelled so we could watch the events of the assasination and the aftermath over and over again. Meanwhile, I was missing Bugs Bunny.

    I remember the grown ups were watching the news closely when MLK and RFK were assasinated, I wasn't paying much attention.

    The moon landing, I was helping my dad with some yard work and mom called us into the house to watch it. We had just got our new color TV, our first one, and the moon landing was in black and white.

    The resignation of Richard Nixon, I'm not sure exactly, I remembered him from Rowan and Martin Laugh-in but didn't pay much attention to that sort of thing, then.

    Halleys Comet, in my backyard with the telescope I had just bought, what a waste.

    I didn't even know about Woodstock until it was over.

    My first impression of the Vietnam war on TV was funny.
    An American (Obviously an advisor) was on a mission with some South Vietnamese soldiers, whom I mistook for Japanese soldiers hunting Godzilla, they hid in some bushes and then 2 japanese cowboys in short pants and really big rifles came into view and the Japanese soldiers shot them. Then it was over, they didn't say a thing about the status of Godzilla.

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    Mar 17, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    Challenger: Heard it on radio (I was 15 at the time)
    September 11: Since I live on the West Coast, I was driving to work listening to Howard Stern on tape delay. By the time I got into the office at 7:30, both towers had collapsed, Flight 93 had crashed...I couldn't get any news from CNN.com so I was relying on the local news radio station.
    OJ Simpson verdict: I was in a job interview. Halfway through, the interviewee asked if we could go to the break room and watch the verdict. (I didn't get the job.)
    1989 Loma Prieta earthquake: Studying at West Point
    1994 Northridge quake: Living in Denver, didn't know anything happened until morning news.
    Columbia: We had just gotten off an Atlantis cruise when we heard about it.
    Princess Diana's Death: Driving on the San Diego Freeway with my boyfriend.
    LA Riots: Applying for graduate school in Boston (and glad I was living 3,000 miles away at the time).