Tuesday, January 20, 2009

All Eyes on Washington

Just over a year ago, we were in D.C. for some blustery sightseeing, and this photo is one of the results.

Today, many more people were freezing on the National Mall to be witness to a historic event, and many more were watching from their homes or offices. It seems like this will be one of those moments when, years from now, people will ask, "Where were you when ... ?"

Looking back, the first national news item that really left an impression on me was the explosion of the Challenger in 1986. There were plenty of other important news headlines from that era, but as a six year old, I couldn't really grasp politics. But I did understand what happened to that space shuttle and how sad it was. Of course many other headlines have affected our lives since then, good ones and bad. Which ones really stick with you?


Salty said...

Nice creative shot Ash!

The first major event etched into my memory was the assassination of JFK. I was just a kid in the Needmore Elementary School when we were all sent to the auditorium where the announcement was made. They had set up the B&W TV, the only one in the school, for all of us to watch the breaking news.

Willard said...

Hi Amy,
The two things I remember were the first space launches were when we were in elementary school at Needmore and they took us into the auditorium to watch them on a black and white television.

The second of course was the Kennedy Assassination. I was in health class when they started playing radio coverage of the event over the PA system.

Sand said...

I have to agree with you, Challenger was one of the first big news event that I remember. We were watching it live in school.

Mrs. Salty said...

The memory of my first major event was the assassination of John F. Kennedy. My mother had the TV on while peeling potatoes for supper. I walked in and heard her say “the President has been shot”. I was 5 years old.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Love this image, Amy!

I think the Challenger was my first too! I was sitting in Kindergarten ;)