Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez crash. What was your 1st major news memory?

21 comments:

erin said...

The Challenger explosion. And that girl stuck in the well.

Rob said...

rob judd, future president, born today

erin said...

Rob, it's your bday today too??

Rob said...

nope, that's just the first first headline that i remember (Oct. 6, 1982)

tamika said...

Happy Birthday, Erin and Rob! It's another friend's birthday today as well. Very popular birthday.

My first memory is the girl in the well, too. Her name was Baby Jessica.

tamika said...

Scratch the happy birthday to Rob. Or can I get credit for being 6 months early?

bethr. said...

Tiananmen Square. We were on vacation at the time and I remember being annoyed because we were sitting around inside watching TV and not outside at the beach.

Wow, this is a depressing way to start my day.

Martin Andres Austermuhle said...

Second on the Challenger explosion. I was watching it in my living room while living with the family in Mexico.

Beth D said...

I don't remember it (I was three) but apparently I was very upset at the challenger news breaking in to the Price is Right (which I was watching with my grandma).

I'm not sure what my first actual news memory is. Maybe the first Iraq war...

Dan said...

The Redskins victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

John said...

The Dukakis/Bush election. I remember a neighbor boy asking me "Why do your parents support Dukakis, he's for abortion. That when they kill babies." Giving that in the 1st grade I didn't understand the particulars of the choice debate, for the couple of hours until my parents set me straight I thought they liked murdering babies.

It should also be noted this family had a statue of Mary in their front yard that was anchored so well when a new family moved in they had to call a company to dig it out and remove it.

beenu said...

def was challenger followed by the puri family gets cable.

Mike said...

Thought I was going to be the first on the baby in the well.

pinchie said...

The Challenger, definitely. Our teacher sat us in a circle in the library to tell us what happened.

Also, Super Bowl '86 and the Superbowl Shuffle

Kelly said...

Clearly a different generation answer here, but first news memory is MLK funeral (age 5, don't remember news of the assassination, however, just seeing the funeral); next is first moon landing

SngngMSW said...

oooo i remember the superbowl shuffle - good call lauren!

mine was definitely the challenger. i was sitting on the floor watching it on one of those roll-away TV carts with the entire first grade...christa mcauliffe was from my state so everyone was super excited. all of a sudden there was a trail of smoke coming out of the shuttle and my teacher turned it off and started crying and then we all went back to our classrooms and talked about death. good times.

Ryan said...

Probably the challenger or Redskins winning the superbowl. What I find interesting were the events that happened in my lifetime that I have no recollection of: Reagan getting shot, Tiananmen Square (even though it happened after the challenger disaster. Guess world events were that important to me in elementary school).

Scottie said...

I'm old. I remember the US beating the Soviets in 1980...but then, I pretty much go blank until the Challenger.

Martin, why do you hate astronauts?

andrew said...

Hurricane Gloria. I was only 4 when the Challenger exploded.

Janice D., Modeling Agent said...

The invention of the telepho---I mean cell phone. Yeah, I am that young, b*tches

Leslie said...

You can pretty much copy SngngMSW's post and paste it in as mine. Because Christa Mcauliffe was a teacher from NH it was a pretty big deal. All of the 1st grade classes gathered in one classroom to watch the take-off. Then I remember seeing the smoke and Mrs Croteau turning it off and escorting us back to our class. I don't remember a talk about death though...

I remember thinking Mrs Croteau was wicked old, but I talked to my mom about her over Christmas this past year and I think she was more like Ashley and Meg's age.

Why does Martin hate teachers?