Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Alternate 10 Things

Unfortunately I don't think it's going to be that hard to get to 10 on this one.

10 Man Made Disasters I remember

10. VA Tech. So much to say about this so I'll go with the trivial. It is the school shooting incident with the most fatalities to date. Do you know when the previous record holding incident occurred? 1966 in Texas.

9. The Pan Am flight that crashed over Locherbie, Scotland.

8. The Challenger Space Shuttle explosion. I was in school in NH at the time and I remember seeing it on a TV set up in the classroom so we could all see the launch live and not understanding what we were seeing. The "civilian" astronaut was from NH.

7. The Oklahoma City bombing.

6. The Estonia sinking. I had only recently gotten to London to live for a year and a ferry carrying, among others, a large group of senior citizens who became trapped below decks sank in Estonia.

5. Columbine.

4. The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, my first New York City disaster.

3. The Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta.

2. The TWA flight that crashed 11/11/2001.

1. 9/11, natch.

Not hard to come up with 10. Hard to choose 10 to make the list.


  1. I remember all but #6. I remember Mrs. Tech coming into 9th grade Hall and telling us about the space shuttle. The Crista McAullif was from NY and was also a teacher, as was my mom. OKC is forever. Forever. Forever. My fiance woke me up in the dorms, it was finals,I got married less than 4 weeks afterwards. We lost a family friend in that one.
    9/11. I'll be in NYC this year. I feel I owe it to my friends to be there. Not for any big bruhaha. Just to be there.
    All too many. All too many.

  2. i mean she was from NH. and I think I spelled her name wrong.

  3. Anonymous9:45 AM

    I remember the Challenger. I wrote a short story about it for the young writers program in elementary school. i didn't win because the whole thing was rigged to have the same person win year after year regardless because she was the "writer" in my 12 student small NH school. But at the ceremony in front of school I did get to read my story because it deserved a special mention. Years later, some parents told me I should have won. I think it's one of my shining examples of why I was sick of going to a small school and wanted to get out and live in NYC. I was 9 years old. My mom and I used to joke about this all the time. Also the science teacher at my school got pretty far in the teacher search so it hit harder home.
    That Lockerbie plane crash was also a young vivid memory as the pilot lived down the street on Drinkwater Rd. in Kensington also. The town blocked off the street to keep news away from the family.
    Those were some of my first wow the outside world is scary memories from childhood. Thought I would share with you too. Good morning!

  4. Heck of a list. Reading through it made the images of each one pop into my head.

    I, too, was sitting in a classroom when the Challenger expoloded. My teacher (in OH) was a finalist in the "Teacher in Space" thing.

  5. Anonymous9:47 PM

    And with every new act of inhumanity, we come together for fifteen minutes and SWEAR it will never happen again. And we mourn the lost, we grieve with the ones that remain to carry the scars, and we look up to the sky and wonder....where will the next one come from?

    I send out a general appeal; for every horrifying story, I want a story of positive human endeavor. And I DON'T think it's too much to ask.