Friday, August 29, 2008

Top 6 Where Were You Moments

Every generation has that event, that moment that, as the commercials say, "defined a generation". Man landing on the moon, JFK assassination, Titanic sinking, Woodstock ~ anyone who was alive at the time can probably clearly recall where they were & what they were doing when this happened.

Every person has a different defining moment. Some are extremely personal while others are shared with the world. Realizing there is a higher power. Planes crashing into the World Trade Centre.

It's hard to believe that a single event, a single moment in time, can be remembered by millions of people so vividly, so distinctly, that they will all talk about it with others for years & years to come.

Just think of it. All those brains working to preserve the memory, the same memory but slightly different, taken from a slightly different perspective. It's mind boggling!

I have my own list, of course I do! cuz I lurve lists. I've thought a lot about this & here's what I've come up with. My list of things that I will never, evah forget happening {unless, of course, the Alzheimer's completely takes over} in no particular order:

6. Elvis dying in 1977.

5. Robo Kicker scoring winning field goal in 1989 CFL Grey Cup.

4. Riders winning 2007 CFL Grey Cup.

3. Diana, the People's Princess {such rot! who thought that up, anyway?} dying in car crash, 1997.

2. Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004

1. Twin towers being destroyed, 2001

Honourable mentions:

  • Qu├ębec Sovereignty Referendum votes "No", 1995
  • Hurricane Katrina, 2005

There are many, many more historic moments out there, but these are the biggies for me, the ones that I have sharp recollections of where I was & what I was doing when I heard the news.

What are some of yours?


Roan said...

I don't know the CFL cup, but I vividly remember when Elvis died. My daughter and I were on our way from the Mall in Nashville, TN when we heard it on the radio.

I heard about Princess Diana in the middle of the night when I lived in my condo in Dallas. I often watch CNN due to my recurring insomnia.

Twin towers. I watched the second live on TV. I was in my office working when my son-in-law called to tell me to turn on the TV. I freaked out because I had a friend who worked there. Fortunately, their office relocated across the river less than 30 days before.

The day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, I was in 7th grade home room right after lunch. The principal came in and called the teacher out of the room. He came back in and told us.

I would also add the day John Kennedy Jr died in a plane crash. I decided to turn on the TV while cleaning up after breakfast.

Then there is Hurricane Katrina. I was counting my blessings after recently retiring from the Insurance business...otherwise I may have been spending a lot of days away from home!

Those are my major memories. Guess I should have played along!

Wilma said...

Isn't it amazing how these things just stick with us?
Thanx for your memories