17 January 2008

Where What When

  1. Living in New Haven, not yet 3 years old, when Kennedy was assassinated (1963).
  2. On a family vacation in Montauk, when Richard Nixon resigned (1974).
  3. Away at Exeter for summer school, when the infamous NYC blackout occurred (1977).
  4. In a college dorm, visiting my boyfriend, when the US hockey team improbably beat the USSR in the Olympics (1980).
  5. Just beginning graduate school, when flight KAL007 was shot down (1983).
  6. In my mother’s kitchen, when I learned that my grandfather (her father) had died (1984).
  7. At work, at a downtown white shoe law firm, when the Challenger exploded (1986).
  8. Working at my first non-profit job, when the stock market crashed (1987).
  9. In the stadium, when the Mets last won the World Series (1986).
  10. In San Francisco at the tail end of a California/Oregon driving trip, when Princess Diana died (1997).
  11. At home, getting ready for work, when the planes hit the World Trade Center (2001).
  12. On the crosstown bus, when I got the call that IVF#2 had failed (2002).
  13. Walking up Broadway, when I found out that my CVS was normal and my baby was fine (2003).

I don't really remember #1. But I'm the only one that remembers #12 & #13 - that is, the moment of transmission, not the news in and of itself.

26 comments:

Don Mills Diva said...

I can't tell you how interesting I found that - I must do something similar...really really cool.

Mayberry said...

What a fascinating idea for a list. I still remember what I was wearing on a few of those occasions (the Challenger and 9/11).

Nancy J. Bond said...

It's amazing how such life-changing moments settle in your memory forever. I remember where I was when JFK was killed, and certainly, exactly what I was doing on 9/11. Great list.

Journeywoman said...

Intensly flipping envious about#9. Good list.

fullbodytransplant said...

OMG, that's a great idea!!!

Also jealous of the Mets. Lucky you.

Her Grace said...

Very, very cool post!

{Karla} said...

What a great idea for a post. Will have to swipe this format for a T13 one day!

Enjoyed looking around your blog. Esp. love the photo of your superhero daughter!

Blessings,
Karla

niobe said...

Brilliant idea.

melissa said...

Cool list!

I was at the marathon game in 86 that allowed the Mets to continue. sigh....Yes, I love the Astros, the only team in the world that can say they lost two WS games in one day...

Julia said...

What a fascinating list. And giant backdated yay for #13.

Julie Pippert said...

Wow, how interesting.

#2 I recall and I recall my parents being so upset about it all, and almost bickering. #5. #7. That one gets to my husband and his family, hard. His dad was there, and Jon was with several of the astronaut's kids. They knew these people. And watched it happen (his dad did). #8 was the first time I really, really worried about my future and had (well-placed) misgivings that turned out true since it tanked the job market for me. #10 a friend was visiting me in Boston and he banged on my bedroom door to call me to come see. I recalled getting up early to watch her wedding and couldn't believe it. #11 I have blogged about but don't like to discuss any more. Similar...too many to list...stories of 12.

nonlineargirl said...

So interesting to think about where you were or what you remember of key moments (personally and historically). Thinking about my own it is odd that some I remember as an outsider, as if I am watching a movie of myself, while others narrow into only what I was looking at or hearing at a moment.

flutter said...

Ok, this post was totally fascinating to me!

Melanie said...

A simple, elegant personal timeline that says so much in just thirteen little lines.

Well done.

Jan said...

I remember where I was, too. And since I'm older, when Kennedy was shot.

Victoria said...

I'm with the others - this was very interesting! Must. Copy. =)

slouching mom said...

i love this idea!

the attempted Reagan assassination, in 1981, is one that would be on my list, because i was home from school, sick, and all of thirteen, so i watched the footage OVER and OVER and OVER (it preempted my soaps!). at the end of the day, i think i had some PTSD going.

MadMad said...

That was very cool. You really do have the best ideas!

nutmeg said...

I'd steal this idea but I can only really remember one. I was at the Hard Rock Cafe in London when the Challenger crashed. Awesome post!

Suz said...

I love this. I really enjoy remembering where I was ...when.

the mama bird diaries said...

That was beautiful.

Especially #12 and 13. It gave me goosebumps.

BOSSY said...

Bossy can see she's going to need to start taking more notes in her life.

Sandy Feet said...

This is a great idea, and I really enjoyed reading it.

Mad Hatter said...

For most of these I also know exactly where I was. BTW, it seems that whenever I travel to the States something major happens: Magic Johnson announces he has AIDS, Kurt Cobain kills himself, Ella Fitzgerald dies.

I was recovering from abdominal surgery when the Oklahoma bombings happened and was on bed rest when the Tsunami hit.

Weird that I am not thinking of a single Canadian news item--except the Montreal massacre. At a poetry reading and then in bed listening to CBC in the morning when I heard about it.

Janet said...

I loved this post! You triggered a lot of memories, for me.

Nicholas said...

Great list. I can remember where I was for some of those, though not the sports ones of course.