Thursday, September 11, 2008

Question of the Day

As we will no doubt be reminded all day, today’s date is a date that is fixed in a lot of people’s memories and many can recall where they were and what they were doing when they heard about what had happened in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. But there are other days, too, depending on your age and generation: Pearl Harbor, the news bulletin from Warm Springs, Dealy Plaze, the Ambassador Hotel, Challenger…. For me it was Friday, November 22, 1963. I was in Grade Six (my first go-round with it) when Scott Bigelow came out of the boys’ locker room in my elementary school and told me, “Kennedy’s dead.” I thought he meant a kid in our class who was named Matt Kennedy, but in an instant we all heard the real news. School was dismissed early, and I still remember the girls in the front of the bus sobbing as we drove home on that grey and windy afternoon.

What event most stands out in your mind as the one where you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news?