Monday, June 27, 2005

where were you?

  1. Alan Shepard became the first American in space? I remember vaugely seeing the black & white tv pictures.I was little.
  2. John Kennedy was killed? I was in second grade. We had gone out for recess & the teacher called us in. We all sat in a circle on the floor around her & she said they werent going to tell the first graders because they might cry ,but we had to be brave.She told us the news & I was so upset , not because he was the President , but because someone had killed Caroline's daddy. She is the same age as me & I have always been interested in her life. Somehow I think as a little girl, I had the best take on it. I felt it on a personal level.He was a little girl's daddy.
  3. Robert Kennedy was killed? I was 14. my mom woke me up & said, "they've shot Bobby"
  4. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed? The "Special Report" sign came up on tv & I remember thinking, "who is dead now?"
  5. Neil Armstrong took that first step on the moon? This was the night before my 13th birthday. We sat up all night watching it. Back then , tv usually went off at midnight so this was a big deal. I had a space ship on my cake that year.
  6. Ronald Reagan was shot? My neighbor ran over & said "come look" I was pregnant with Mariah at the time.
  7. John Lennon was killed? Oh, my god. My husband , my roommate & I all stayed home from work, we were so upset.It poured down rain & we lay on the floor & listened to his music all day. I flet like the sun would never shine again.
  8. The Berlin Wall came down? I was watchng it with a friend & we thought , "wow,the best party ever!"We were deep,right?
  9. The US invaded Iraq the first time? I was nursing Caitlin, she was 3 months old. REM came on the radio singing"It's the end of the World as We Know It" The next day we went to a protest & I held her in my arms & thought, "what kind of world have I brought this babe into?"
  10. The US was attacked on 9/11/01? Caitlin was home sick with Mariah. Mariah called me on my cell phone (a big no-no in my school) I was afraid Caitlin was worse & Mariah said we had been attacked by Paris. Apparantly she misheard the work terrorist. Later a teacher came by and said that terrorists were attacking cities all over the US. We didnt' see any news till the end of the work day & rumors were flying.That night we all sat on the couch & held each other & cried.

I got this from Olddog.Let's all play!

I want to add one...Where were you when the Beatles played on Ed Sullivan? I was 7 and in the bathtub. My mom ran in  with a robe & said , "Hurry, the Beatles are on tv!" I would carry around a transistor radio & pretend to faint when their songs came on. 


courtenaymphelan said...

amazing entry...i just ran the gambit of emotions in 10 brief minutes ...for every line mine whirled to another place in time...Thank you...lest we forget ...what happened to them...and how it affected each of us tremendously..

jmorancoyle said...

    This one I really like. I think it's funny now. When I was young I was always so sorry that I never got to live the history my parents had. I think I had it backwards. Looking at this list, I should have been happy I didn't know what this kind of sorrow really is.

galadriel92000 said...

Well I will cut and paste this to my journal.....should be interesting to see what a dinosaur I really am!
 MArie inTN

ladyish28 said...

I was born in 1980- so I missed a lot of these historic inportances- but my parents tell me the stories all the time, especially when Kennedy was assasinated. It's amazing that it's the sad moments everyone remembers....~Kori

vaultofsecrets said...

I still have the original LIFE magazine that had the articles about President Kenedy's assasination.
The Beatles....She loves you yah yah yah!
Hey I can keep hoping jpournals and listing different Beatles song.
Fun Times....

Wishing you health, happiness and laughter.

shellys555 said...

As the originator of this meme, I wanted to thank you for playing and to tell you I was moved by your answers, especially to #2. I really was moved by how you personalized things, showed how they affected you. Nice entry. My answers are at :)

bosoxblue6993w said...

hey, i remember Eisenhower replacing Truman.    

debbted said...

When the Beatles played on Ed Sullivan I was right there listening to the racey lyrics of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"...LOL

debbted said...

I put it on this many jornals so little time ;-) Sassy

b4i8clover said...

This is my first visit to your journal; I have seen your sn previosly in my travels, but what caused me to visit was a comment you left in sistercdr's blog. I am intrigued and will be returning.
I am answering most of the questions in my own blog, but I'll answer your addendum here. I was 15 and firmly planted in front of the TV that night of Feb.9, 1964. All I could think was "I have GOT to get a guitar." And I did.
Later, Malcolm

galadriel92000 said...

"I wanna hold your hand" is forever linked to Kennedy asassination in my mind..I finally answered the questions...LOL
Marie inTN

b4i8clover said...

Sorry. I figured if you were interested, you'd just do a search of my sn. Here's the link -    - Malcolm

alphawoman1 said...

I remember where I was at each one!

cyndygee said...

I don't remember exactly where I WAS physically, but I recall how I FELT so clearly.  The one that holds the strongest memory for me was when Pres. Kennedy was assassinated.  I remember going in the girls' restroom and it was packed with girls bawling their eyes out.  Some were wailing!  It is the only experience I've ever had when I was in a huge group and EVERYONE was crying, horribly upset.  What an awful experience.

Very interesting entry, Marti.  You're making us think.  That's a GOOD thing!  LOL

edandmariann said...

I was too young on most of them and have no clue.  You forgot the one about the explosion of the Shuttle Challenger.   I cried on that and on 9-11.   On 9-11 I also hurried to the grocery store just in case we was at war and got bottle water and canned food before any rush was prediced.   Noone really knew what was going on so why not?  I wanted to be prepared for losing power.  The Old Army brat in me I guess!  Maybe I thought it was a hurricane.  lol  
Love ya