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Old 04-19-2003, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where were you when you Heard...

something memorable?

-Columbia blowing up- I was home, and read it online. I thought, "Oh no, not again"

-Columbine massacre- I was at work and this Jerk (who was also my boss) asked me if I knew where this "Columbine High School" was.

-Challenger- I was visiting some former work mates at the USGS where I had summer interned when someone told us.

-Man lands on the Moon - Mom came and got me to watch this guy on television. I remember thinking, "Gee, that picture sucks". (Stupid kid)

Those are the big ones I can remember.
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Old 04-19-2003, 01:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I remember being in elementary school when the Challenger exploded.

All the classes were tuned in to watch the shuttle take off and then it just blew up. I remember seeing my teacher run out of the room to see what was happening.

It was a terrible tragedy to witness, especially when as a kid you are expecting something great to happen.
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Old 04-19-2003, 01:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
Columbia- Went home for the weekend, as I got up my mom told me about it.

Columbine- Was at work when I heard a couple of people talking about a shooting at Columbine.

Challenger- I was in first grade when the teacher told us what happened after lunch. I didn't understand until I got home and saw the video on the news.

OKC bombing- 10th grade, went to my class right before lunch and they had the tv on showing the blown out front of the building. At first I thought it was a pic of an earthquake hitting California.

9-11 Woke up, turned on the tv while making breakfast about two hours after the planes hit the WTC and just as they were getting preliminary reports of the plane going down in Pennsylvania.

Those all all of my big ones
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Old 04-19-2003, 01:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
Columbine - I was at home watching it on TV.

September 11th - I was getting ready for classes when I got a call from a family member about it. I spent most of the day at class staring out the window at the Sears Tower, because my mother works on one of the upper floors there.
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Old 04-19-2003, 01:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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TFP Downage - I was browsing the TFP when suddenly I got a Page Not Found. Me: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
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Old 04-19-2003, 01:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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9/11 - I was in the parking lot of the apartment I was living in at the time, and some guy comes out yelling to me that "they blew up the whitehouse" so then I went and checked CNN.com, which was crashed, so I went to Fark...
Columbia - Trying to watch a UK game that got taken off the air for Columbia coverage.
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Old 04-19-2003, 02:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
OKC Bombing - I felt the rumble from the explosion from my apartment in Norman, about 25 miles from the blast center.

On April 18th in the afternoon, I had been at the ATF office in the Murrah building as part of a gang-violence prevention class, an elective of my Education degree. We were shown several things confiscated from various raids (guns, knives, photos, etc), and the agent running the demonstration, Don Leonard, mentioned about the next day being the two-year anniversary of Waco. "Maybe I should just stay home tomorrow," he said half-jokingly as we left.

Don Leonard should have stayed home that morning. He and six others with the Secret Service died in the explosion, along with 156 others in the Murrah building, four in neighboring buildings, and one rescuer.

All the other "big events" pale in comparison for me. I never met any of the people who died in them. I never was at the location where it happened. I never forget Don Leonard.
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Old 04-19-2003, 02:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The moment I heard about Columbine I hopped in my car and headed sraight there. I think I was home.

The rest of 'em I don't remember... I tend to not pay attention to big things like that.
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Old 04-19-2003, 03:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Princess Diana - Woke up and put the TV on exactly 30 seconds before the newsflash. Bizarre!

9/11 - In Detroit, thinking how bad this was while all the Americans carried on working. Wasn't till later that it hit home for everyone.

Moon landing - Not even a twinkle in my Dad's eye
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Old 04-19-2003, 03:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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9/11 - i was watching late night tv, saw the whole thing, live, in Sydney.

Diana - watching early morning tv.

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Old 04-19-2003, 03:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Columbine: I had just gotten back from my afternoon classes. I turned on the TV and had no idea what was going on, then I found out.

9/11 - I had just gotten back from my morning class. My brother called to tell me that a "small commuter jet" hit the WTC. I tried to go online but all the news sites were loaded with traffic. Then I turned on CNN. At that moment the second plane hit the WTC, and my jaw just dropped. I had no idea what had just happened.

Columbia - I woke up and my dad told me about it. Didn't care too much and went back to bed.
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Old 04-19-2003, 03:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Oddly enugh, I don't seem to remember where I was when these major things happened.

I do know that on the morning of the Sept. 11 attacks I found out via TV, and then IM'd friends and such telling them briefly what happened and to turn on the news..

Other than that, I remember my feelings and places AFTER hearing of the events (later that day), but I don't really remember exactly where I was when it happened.

Not sure why, really.
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Old 04-19-2003, 06:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I was visiting my sister on 9/11 and I was just about to hop in the shower before going to the airport to fly home when the second plane hit. I immediately turned to her and said, "The world just changed." The next few hours were spent trying to reserve a rental car and I finally succeeded in getting one reserved for the next day.

I remember hearing about the Challenger in the financial aid office at college. I guess that does a pretty good job of aging me.
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Old 04-19-2003, 07:03 PM   #14 (permalink)
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In thinking about my reply here, I realized how much time I spend at work. Most all of the "biggies" I heard while working.
9/11: At my desk when it broke on the radio.
Federal building: Standing in the hall by Human Resources.
You get the picture.

The one I remember when I wasn't at work was pulling up in my driveway from a camping trip and our neighbor coming over to tell us about Princess Diana.

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Old 04-19-2003, 07:03 PM   #15 (permalink)
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9/11 at home getting ready for work, checking the weather channal and OMG!
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Old 04-20-2003, 01:16 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Boy do I feel old.... I was in my 8th grade classroom when President Kennedy was assassinated
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Old 04-20-2003, 01:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
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OK City bombing - I found out the weekend after the fact. I was in a nature camp that week, completely oblivious to the outside world.

9/11 - Walking out of my 8:30 class. Someone told me a plane crashed into the Pentagon and I seriously thought they were joking because it was the most ludicrous thing I'd ever heard. Got the the cafeteria only to find out it was true, and two more planes had crashed into the WTC.

Columbia - woke up after the fact only to have it be the first thing I read when I woke up.
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Old 04-20-2003, 01:40 AM   #18 (permalink)
Having a keg party during the last ridiculous presidential election (we got it a day early---the keg that is)

911--- Its weird I got up 2 hours early that day and saw the news flash after the first jet hit.

During the highway chase of OJs-- at work streching a female gymnast (I was working as a physical therapy asst at a sports medicine clinic)
Old 04-20-2003, 01:41 AM   #19 (permalink)
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challenger...i was very young when it happened, but i remember watching it on tv and pointing out the "bunny ears" to my mother.

columbine...i was in a hotel room in AZ...happened the day I went to the Grand Canyon. Had no idea till we got to the hotel.

9-11...I was actually awake (very strange for me) because I'd cut my finger at work the night before and my mom wanted me to show my dad before he left for work himself. So there I am, unable to get back to sleep at five-something in the morning, and I went and laid on the couch downstairs. We're in the middle of watching the local news when they break in saying something had hit the WTC..."a small plane." I saw the second one hit on live television...it is an image I will never erase from my memory.

As for Columbia...my mother called me and told me that it had happened twice in my lifetime--that another space shuttle had come down.

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Old 04-20-2003, 01:45 AM   #20 (permalink)
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heh, the OJ chase. I was playing a video game with a gradeschool friend of mine in my room, and then we heard my parents watching it on the news in the living room so we turned it on too.
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Old 04-20-2003, 02:21 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Columbia - I was watching <i>Donnie Darko</i> on HBO for about the 20th time, when I just suddenly realized I couldn't devote another 90 minutes of my life to watching it, and switched to CNN (right when the engine was falling on the house - spooky).

O.J. - vacationing in Hawaii - didn't let it become a big deal for the first week or so.

Challenger - was sleeping in; had my alarm set to music, so I kind of heard the news semi-awake, then bolted up in bed.

Columbine - was web-surfing CNN at work when the news came in.

9/11 - was standing in the bedroom getting dressed for work when they broke the news on <i>The Today Show</i>.

Moon Landing - the whole family was crowded around the TV in anticipation.

JFK assasination - all the teachers were called to the office, and 5 minutes later ours came back and explained it all to us - I remember she was crying. Then, as soon as the buses could get there, we were all sent home. It was the only thing on TV all weekend.
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Old 04-20-2003, 02:26 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Challenger: Sitting and watching it in class. 4th grade. Pretty freaky.

9/11: Working around DC and hearing about it as it happend, and sitting in the parking lot listening to my car radio and then cringing when NPR said something about the possibility of chem/bio on the planes-
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Old 04-20-2003, 02:30 PM   #23 (permalink)
okc bombing

was in the school libary and watch the coverge on cnn

9/11 my school has a subway station and i ordered brekfast and went to watch the news and like ten minitues later it came on the tv
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Old 04-20-2003, 02:39 PM   #24 (permalink)
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at the moment i can only think of 9/11.. I was brushing my teeth as i was about to head to math class. When i do, i usually wander thruout the house, so i caught it all and then had to get to class.
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Old 04-20-2003, 02:41 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I block out alot of things that happened when I grew up. The one event that does strike me is 9/11.
I was bartending at TGI Friday's... all I could do was sit and glare at the TV's even though I had customers... they were doing the same thing.
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Old 04-20-2003, 03:43 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I was at home watching it all unfold on TV for almost all of those...
The Challenger, I was in 6th grade in Math Class, when my School plugged it into all the TV monitors.
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Old 04-20-2003, 05:47 PM   #27 (permalink)
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OJ - sitting at home watching the chase with my older brother

OJ trial- the final day of trial i was in 8th grade and the school turned on all the tvs so we could watch the verdict during lunch

Columbine- I was babysitting and watching it....

9/11- My sister came over and woke me and alpha phi up...(i was on vacation from work) i was in complete shock....i remember just sitting there with my hand over my mouth dumbfounded

Columbia- I didn't know till i got home from work....it was weird at first i thought it was coverage of a plane crash or something

first official day of war on Iraq- on the computer on a Harry Potter website
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Old 04-20-2003, 05:59 PM   #28 (permalink)
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i just remember columbia.

i was about to go to school that saturday for a UIL academic meet (and i live in east texas!)
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Old 04-20-2003, 06:01 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Columbine-sitting in my HS chemistry class, someone tore into the room and turned on the TV and was like, "LOOK AT THAT!" I lived in Colorado at the time, although I didn't live very close to Columbine, but it his pretty close to home.

9/11-I was coming back from a PoliSci lecture and ran into someone on the stairs and I said, "Hey! how are you doing?" They mumbled something and dismissed me and I was just confused. I walk back up to my hall and everyone's crowded around the TV. I remember us all just staring at each other and thinking it was a bad joke or something.
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Old 04-20-2003, 06:12 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Challenger, I was at a freind's house (both 2 years old) and we heard commotion on the TV in the other room. We had been playing with toys, ironically enough, a toy space shuttle, and I remember not knowing exactly what was going on, but the image is still burned into my memory.

Columbia, I was in history class, and my mom called me on my cell phone. The only other time she ever called my phone was when my dad died, so I knew it wasn't something good. I checked my voicemail half an hour later during the 15 minute break in the middle of class, and just kind of stood there in shock.

Columbine, I didn't really watch the news much back then, and it was spring vacation from high school, so I saw something briefly about a shooting in Littleton, and didn't really know much until that afternoon when my mom started asking about it. That was the event that got me watching the news in the first place.

9/11, I was in school walking to homeroom, and I suddenly felt sick to my stomach, and felt like something really bad had happened, call it a gut feeling if you want, but no Obi-Wan Kenobi jokes. I got to homeroom, the intercom came on, and the Headmaster of our school spoke, in the same monotone he always did (same tone of voice to announce winning Athletic State Champiponships as he used when a student died) and said, "I never thought I would have had to announce something like this, (at this point we all assumed he was pissed because someone had trashed his car or something)" and continued ot announce that two jets were hijacked and intentionally flown into the WTC. Still gives me chills to think about that.

OKC, I don't remember.

Kennedy shot, not around back then

Gulf War 1, I was playing Nintendo, and someone called, my mom picked up the phone, and I was too young to understand why she wouldn't let me play Nintendo.

Moon Landings, not around, but we all know those were fake
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Old 04-20-2003, 06:13 PM   #31 (permalink)
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9/11-I was at school, and there were all sorts of rumors going around about what had happened, because nobody really knew what was going on. I skipped my next class and went to the library to watch the news, and saw the second plane fly into the second tower, then watched them collapse. It took a while for it to actually sink in.

Columbia-I had had a really wierd night with lots of odd dreams, then I woke up cause my phone was ringing. My friend called, told me that a space shuttle had gone down. I hung up, fell back asleep, had some more wierd dreams. When I finally got up, I couldn't remember if the phone conversation had really happened or not. Unfortunately, it had really occurred.
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:04 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Challeger - In my third grade class, not knowing what a space shuttle looked like

Sept 11 - Sitting on my fat, unemployed ass, after waking up at noon, and loading Yahoo! Quickly turned on the news shortly after that.
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:18 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I only remember two. 9/11 and OKC.

9/11 - I was driving to school and listening to the radio. I had not turned on tv that morning nor been listening all that long when one of the DJs came on and said that a second plane had hit the towers. I had not heard about the first but I found that odd but was not super alarmed just yet. I didn't know what the hell was going on though. I went to my Senior comp class which was my first class of the day. My teacher was just talking about whatever. I liked her and all but I didn't really learn anything. After awhile one of the girls in the class asked to go to the bathroom. When she came back she told us about the pentagon and about the two towers falling.

OKC - I was in like 5th grade. I was being home schooled at the time. Thats all we did that day was watch the tv. Intresting side note to that is my grandfather actully had an apointment at some whatever office just right next to the Murrah building. But he ended up canceling it the day of because he felt ill.
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:25 PM   #34 (permalink)
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9-11 Passed out on my couch from drinking the previous night, friend of mine comes running into my room (living in a fraternity house at that time) and says "Dave wake up! WW3 Just started, turn on the news."
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:30 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Of course, 9/11.

I was picking up a guy and we were driving out to a meat plant in Arkansas City, Kansas. We had the news on all day long and I was calling my wife as more and more terrible things kept happening.

The first plane had hit, but I heard about the second, and then the towers collapsing. There were reports that a plane had hit congress, but it turns out that was the pentagon. I also saw a dirty bastard gas station owner boost his prices 30 cents in one shot.

It was a good thing we drove.
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:36 PM   #36 (permalink)
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How many people here remember Kennedy's assassination? That seems to me to be the first moment of "We were all somewhere when we heard."
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:38 PM   #37 (permalink)
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the main thing that sticks out in my mind is in late 1990. I was 5 years old and my dad was a Capt. in the US Army. It was early in the morning when my dad came into my room in full uniform with my mom on his arm crying. He came over and told me he had to go away for a while and that he would see me soon. Then he left. 9 months later me and my mom met him at Ft. Stewart, GA when his company's plane landed.
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:40 PM   #38 (permalink)
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September 11th 2001 - My roommate came in and turned on CNN, I woke up and he was like "The WTC was destroyed". Glued to the TV for the rest of the day.

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Old 04-20-2003, 08:46 PM   #39 (permalink)
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9/11- I was in net admin class when someone came in and said we were being attacked.

Columbia- Was just waking up to a newscast showing the trail of smoke fly through the sky.

Columbine- I was at work.
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Old 04-20-2003, 08:55 PM   #40 (permalink)
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And juanvaldes I think you mean september
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