Playing football in the back yard after watching the first ever episode of
Dr Who with my friend Brian when my dad came out and told us Kennedy had
been shot. It was extremely cold, slightly foggy and there was an acrid
smell of smoke in the air. That was because many homes in England were still
heated by coal fires in those days and the railway engines were still
powered by steam. I was nine years old at the time.
And there was a odd rythmic grinding sound and this police call box
appeared out of nowhere.
Meanwhile, in the Dallas book depository, the Dalek lowered the Carcano
rifle from its manipulator arm. :-)
Too young for that one. But I was in music class in 5th grade when
Reagan got shot. Our teacher did a class prayer for the Gipper.
I always seem to miss the big events live. I was walking back from
gym class to my biology class back in 1986 when the shuttle challenger
blew up at launch. Of course they were playing the launch live over
in the library on t.v. but I missed it. ( really didn't matter
because the showed the replay on t.v. about a billion times later that
When Janet Jackson showed her nipple at the Super-bowl a few years
back I was right in front of a huge big screen t.v. I was reaching
for some chips and dip and missed it. Everyone else was like "
eeeewwwww did you see that ? "
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: Too young for that one. But I was in music class in 5th grade when
: Reagan got shot. Our teacher did a class prayer for the Gipper.
I was either in class or playing hookie. The best part to that
one was ol Casper proclaiming "I'm in charge!". Ummm, no. You are
Elvis choose to kick off while I was at a summer football camp.
Not being a fan of "the king", I was unimpressed. Others at the
camp thought it was the end of the world.
Lennon was killed while I was preparing for some sort of finals,
I am sure. Did not kike him, either. Nor, generally, for the Beatles.
: I always seem to miss the big events live. I was walking back from
: gym class to my biology class back in 1986 when the shuttle challenger
: blew up at launch.
I walked out of the engineering building, looked north and
said "oh, shit". A co-worker had a tiny "portable" TV, which was
my first tip off.
Colombia was in the process of breaking up overhead - a friend
was shooting it as it went over.
And, I might as well confess to being in the Atlanta area when
the bomb was found during the olympics. Officially, I was on my
way to Va. Beach for the IMPS/US Nationals...
As for Kennedy, I was probably looking for dinner...
"I like bad!" Bruce Burden Austin, TX.
That wasn't Caspar Weinberger - that was Al Haig "in charge here at the
White House" right after Reagan was shot.
I was in 7th grade in class when Kennedy was shot. I'll never forget the
announcement coming over the loudspeaker that he had been shot, and not
long after that the news that he was dead.
The following days were somber indeed. It was the first time I remember
being riveted to the TV watching major news unfold - including the
shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald as it happened live on camera.
The funeral procession and the burial at Arlington along with the
pucture of Johnson taking the oath of office with a blood stained Jackie
looking on are etched in memory.
Strange the things I remember from when I was a kid. I was in the
back seat of my friends Ford El Torino, driving past country farms on
the way back to Vance AFB in Enid, Oklahoma. My friends mom who was
driving had the radio news on and they annonced that Elvis had kicked
the bucket and she sighed .... ahhhhh.
I was snoozing away at a truck stop in the pan-handle of Texas while
all that went on. Once again missing the whole thing.
Kennedy - Was in class when announcement came over the intercom.
Neil Armstrong Moonwalk - Was at the NCO Club at Ft. McClellan in a raging
thunderstorm. Just as he stepped from the ladder, lightning struck the
antenna and the TV blew. We couldn't believe our bad luck.
Desert One Fiasco - Was driving to my office when it was announced.
9/11 - Was pulling out of my garage when the first "Lear jet" hit. Decided
to go back into the house to see what was going on. Saw the second "Lear
jet" hit and realized the CNN announcer didn't know the difference between
Norman Lear and a Lear jet. The same guy later breathlessly described US
soldiers "armed with AK-47's" running around the Pentagon.
: 9/11 - Was pulling out of my garage when the first "Lear jet" hit. Decided
: to go back into the house to see what was going on. Saw the second "Lear
: jet" hit and realized the CNN announcer didn't know the difference between
: Norman Lear and a Lear jet. The same guy later breathlessly described US
: soldiers "armed with AK-47's" running around the Pentagon.
It is sobering to realize how clueless the newsies are. I
was very impressed when one (barely) managed to name the F-16
leading up to ODS.
However, my fav from ODS was some idiot at the main US base
in the kingdom on Saud, yapping on about "boosters or heaters or
something like that - they make the plane go really fast!"
Meanwhile, over his shoulder there was a plane "landing".
Dude, landing? Really? With dual shock cones, and all that noise,
are you sure the plane is "landing"?
As for 9/11, I was moving. I walked into work in time to hear
that "the tower collapsed!". My immediate response was "bullshit",
but after seeing the replay, again - "oh shit".
"I like bad!" Bruce Burden Austin, TX.
I was at work when my sister called to say she had heard something on the
car radio about a plane accidentally crashing into the WTC. One of the
offices had a small TV in it. We clicked it on and they replayed the
footage. A few minutes later we saw the second plane hit. The anchor was
confused and initially believed his producer had rolled tape of the first
impact. A couple of us muttered that's another plane, you could see the
first tower burning in the background. He caught his mistake fairly quickly
and that was about the exact moment that the entire viewing world came to
realize in one deep breath that this was a whole different thing than an
I regret that most people have let 9/11 slip from their conscience and seem
to feel our job against those that executed the murders, is done. But
honestly, I myself cannot bear to watch 9/11 footage again. I've tried and I
always wind up with a burning angry desire to see the US go nuclear Rambo on
some people. And that ain't healthy - for anyone.
What really torqued me off was watching all the Palestinians jumping
up-and-down in Gaza City and cheering after they heard about
it....meanwhile, Yasser Arafat was walking around in something like a
horrified catatonic trance among the cheering people, realizing what
this meant in regards to American-Arab relations.
Best to steer as far clear of that part of the world as possible, lest
you get sucked into the hate vortex of it that's been spinning around
inside of it like a razor-bladed meat grinder for several thousand years.
"This is Hell; nor have you stopped being politically involved in it."
At least I do give myself credit for coming up with a outside-the-box
solution to the perpetual Israeli/Palestinian problem:
"The Iranian President further suggested that if such a Jewish nation
was to be established in the world in the aftermath of the Holocaust, it
should have been established in either the United States or Europe- not
Okay, let's run with that idea.
The total population of Israel is around 6,352,117 according to the CIA
Fact book on nations:
In comparison to that figure, the total population of the United States
is around 298,444,215 according to the same source.
In other words, the total population of Israel is only around 4.6% of
the entire United States population.
I'm pretty sure we could absorb a 4.6% increase in our total population
without major threat, particularly if that 4.6% of total population gain
consisted of some of the most literate and well-educated people on the
face of the planet.
So here's my Grand Schemata: the entire population of the nation of
Israel must be encouraged to emigrate to the United States at the
This shall accomplish many things in one fell swoop:
1.) The United States shall no longer serve as a lightning rod in
regards to any problems between the Israelis and their Arab neighbors,
with resulting terrorism on United States soil.
2.) Further economic aid to Israel can be eliminated from the federal
budget, thereby saving us between two and four billion dollars a year.
3.) Palestinians can now have their land back, and figure out what
exactly _they_ can do with that much desert wasteland given a chance.
4.) The Arabs could now get back to their great historical and
theological business - debating who should have truly taken up the
mantle of Mohammad as the sole leader of Islam, and killing each other
over anyone who doesn't see it that way.
5.) The west could get back _our_ historical and theological business -
debating how best to screw with the Islamic brain in an attempt to get
oil at the lowest prices, and turn the above two groups of Islam against
each other to our benefit.
6.) Israel shall now have its true historical capital back, and rebuilt
in the Promised Land Of Milk And Honey; i.e. Beverly Hills...or possibly
Las Vegas or Miami...God shall certainly send the sure sign as to where
it is supposed to be, possibly in the form of a burning palm tree that
doesn't involve fireworks or clever fountains and spotlights, the best
Kosher deli you ever saw in your life..."and what great prices!", or a
tailor that can make clothes that fit you perfectly without even using a
tape measure...from the first time you try them on..."without even
needing to be taken in!"...something miraculous like that.
7.) Being that the Israelis were the first people who came up with the
brilliant concept of tossing their God into a gold-covered suitcase with
two Cherubim on top, and getting the hell out of town when the going got
bad, a new venue for the continuing history of Judaism should be a great
inspiration to new stories for the Midrash. See them now, parting the
East River, and fleeing from the hard bondage of Manhattan's Fifth
Avenue with the chariots of the ad executives in hot pursuit, to their
time of wandering around in Queens till they can hail a cab....which
might take up to forty years. :-)
A key to it is convincing the Israelis that the United States is their
actual homeland, and Moses took a wrong turn while out in the desert
(since he took forty years to march them a few hundred miles, I assume
he took a _lot_ of wrong turns; either that, or he started following the
wrong cloud with disastrous results).
In this regard, the Mormon belief that Native Americans are the Ten Lost
Tribes of Israel may prove most useful; whereas I don't really expect
the Israelis to buy this whole concept, it will give them a reasonable
excuse to high-tail it out of the Mideast to greener pastures on this
side of the Atlantic without loss of pride, and I see the Native
American casinos being put on far firmer and well regulated financial
ground as a result.
I am also fairly sure that bison chew their cud, and Kosher Bison On Rye
could become a new taste sensation that would rapidly gain favor at
delis near these casinos.
Any doubt about the kosher aspect of bison can be quickly eliminated by
merely looking at one's face:
You will note that this creature is bearded, and does not cut the hair
at the corners of its head. It might as well be wearing a Yamaka. If
Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses is to be believed, the horns may also
be highly significant:
I hadn't thought of that little problem. :-)
There's a standard Israeli joke that goes:
"Moses wanders around in the desert for forty years and manages to
settle in the one place in the Mideast that doesn't have oil."
I can't watch the Flight 93 movie, the good theatrical one that came out, nor
any of the History channel recreations. I think about being in the plane or
having a loved one on board...
I lnow just how you feel.
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