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Old 06-10-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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The first historical event that left a big impression on me was when Ronald Reagan was shot. I was in junior high at the time and they sent us home early that day. I was stunned beyond words that the President had been shot and it was real scary because it was a while before we knew whether he had been killed or not and the news reports were sketchy at best.
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Sputnik, I was 3 or 4 and my uncle took me out to see it late one night because it was supposed to be visible. Saw something going across he night sky. A few years later the Cuban Missile Crisis when we did the duck and cover in the school's basement.
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Winter Springs, FL
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I mentioned this in another post. I was in middle school and my dad was a big history buff. We went to Gettysburg one summer and as commercial as the area has become, there are many areas that are still just as they were. We were on the edge of a big field with a pickett fence in front of an old farmhouse. The fence had mini shot holes all throughout the fence. I pictured in my 10 year old mind, a group of soldiers kneeling behind the fence with confederate soldiers firing at them.
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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I have vague memories of John Lennon being shot, but I vividly remember Reagan being shot because it happened on my older brothers' birthday. Kind of sad, he was turning 9
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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When I was six, I was so oblivious that I didn't even know that JFK had been assassinated. However, the day of the funeral, I came home either from playing outside or from school, I can't remember which, and saw my mom crying while she watched it on television. I can still see the images from it in my mind (in black and white, of course). My mom explained to me what had happened, but I think I was more nonplussed than anything else. But it definitely left an impression of, "this is huge."

After that, it would be the various Gemini launches. I became pretty obsessed by what was going on with the space program during my elementary school years. Bobby Kennedy's assassination pretty much killed the buzz from that, though. This country seemed to be making so much great progress and then that happened.

So how about you?
The first one that I really remember was the Jonestown Massacre. I frightened me terribly.
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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I always remember my parents talking about the Patty Hearst kidnapping and robberies in the early 70's. That's the earliest i remember hearing the term ''brainwashed'' . As for sports i remember the 1972 Miami Dolphins going 17-0 being the only team ever to go undefeated as that really influenced me to follow and play football through out my school years.
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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I always remember my parents talking about the Patty Hearst kidnapping and robberies in the early 70's. That's the earliest i remember hearing the term ''brainwashed'' . As for sports i remember the 1972 Miami Dolphins going 17-0 being the only team ever to go undefeated as that really influenced me to follow and play football through out my school years.
You've hot on a couple of things which were a big part of my life at a slightly older age. I grew up in Miami and attended all the Dolphin home games during their first four years when they stunk up the Orange Bowl. It was really exciting when they hired Shula, traded for Warfield, and turned things around in 1970, and then two years later pulled off the perfect season. This was my team, these were my boys etc.

Toward the end of the following year I moved to San Francisco and arrived not too long before the Patti Hearst snatching took place, so it was all local news for me. I never knew that they were there, but one of the hideouts that the SLA used for a time was on Turk street , just two blocks from where I was living at the time.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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The Fall of South Vietnam in April 1975. I would watch as the national news would show a map of South Vietnam and every night when I came home from school they would show, in red, another province that had fallen to the communists. Very depressing event to watch for a 12 year old kid brought up to believe America didn't lose wars.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:50 PM
 
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You've hot on a couple of things which were a big part of my life at a slightly older age. I grew up in Miami and attended all the Dolphin home games during their first four years when they stunk up the Orange Bowl. It was really exciting when they hired Shula, traded for Warfield, and turned things around in 1970, and then two years later pulled off the perfect season. This was my team, these were my boys etc.

Toward the end of the following year I moved to San Francisco and arrived not too long before the Patti Hearst snatching took place, so it was all local news for me. I never knew that they were there, but one of the hideouts that the SLA used for a time was on Turk street , just two blocks from where I was living at the time.
Funny you mentioned that you wound up living in San Francisco as that was my favorite team (49ers) of alltime as i rooted for them before Joe Montana in the 70's as i still remember Jim Plunkett as our QB in the mid to late 70's.

I should have also mention the early 70's Heavyweight Title Fights between Ali vs Frazier and i can still remember reading Sports Illlustrated in the 3rd grade in 1973 with George Forman on the cover when he destroyed Joe Frazier by knocking him down six times in just two rounds .

Now i can't stand pro sports but i sure loved them back in the 70's when i was a kid.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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I should have also mention the early 70's Heavyweight Title Fights between Ali vs Frazier and i can still remember reading Sports Illlustrated in the 3rd grade in 1973 with George Forman on the cover when he destroyed Joe Frazier by knocking him down six times in just two rounds .

Now i can't stand pro sports but i sure loved them back in the 70's when i was a kid.
I used to be a big boxing fan, went to the cards at Miami Beach Auditorium every week. You could also go down to the 5th Street Gym where Ali trained and for 50 cents, you got to go inside and watch.

The first Ali-Frazier fight was probably the most excited I ever got over any sporting event. It broke my heart when Ali lost.
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