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Writer's Block: News development

What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?

The assassination of John F. Kennedy. I was on my way home from boarding school in Connecticut on the NYNH&H railroad when the shooting took place. The cab driver who drove me home from Grand Central turned around and asked me how it felt to be without a president. When I arrived home, my mother was in tears. For various and sundry reasons, I was so emotionally dead at that age that it didn't really affect me at the time. The overall effect on my world view would have been the same if you had told me that the Brooklyn Dodgers won the World Series.

It took me decades to break that wall of stone around my heart...


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secoh
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
I think it was the space shuttle blowing up... possibly the Hilton Bombing by ASIO in the 70's but I can't be sure if it as a learned memory.
deckardcanine
Mar. 22nd, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Does the death of Dr. Seuss count? If not, I'll say the election of George H.W. Bush.
r_caton
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Can't recall... I do recall, however washing my van in the road we lived in and hearing the bang of the Bishopsgate IRA bomb... 3, 4 miles away but no mistaking that sound.
tarinfirepelt
Mar. 22nd, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
The Iran Hostage crisis. Day after day in the news will get through even an 8 year olds mind.

I also remember what I consider my first political discussion stemmed from this event when I asked my dad "Why do they hate us? Dont they know we just want them to be free like we are?" I was sat down and told by my father that not all people in the world value freedom the ways we do, and that many fear freedom because it would take power from them. One of those graduating thoughts that is one of the first fledgeling steps from naive child to an adult.

I remember watching and discussing the news over dinner with my folks from there on.

ccdesan
Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Excellent seminal moment. I wish I had had parents that had gotten me interested in the realities of life as a child.

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