Where you were when…

Late last Sunday evening I was busy NOT watching Celebrity Apprentice when news began to break that President Obama was going to address the nation around 9:45 PM CDT.

“That’s odd”, I thought to myself.

What has happened or is about to happen that the President of The United States would take to the airwaves so late on a Sunday night?

Was a giant meteor heading for Earth and we only had eight hours left?

Probably not.

My next thought was Gaddafi. Did he finally step down or was he taken down? Not likely according to the news channels.

We were told it had to do with National Security and it was something BIG!

So big that Wolf Blitzer was called into action (maybe there is some truth to the rumor he sleeps on the set).

And Wolf knew something! He knew what the secret was and he DYING to tell! He kept repeating that he had his suspicions but due to CNN’s “journalistic integrity”, he couldn’t divulge what he knew.

But he wanted to make sure that WE knew that HE knew!

Then the big news started to spread on other networks and CNN decided so much for morals!

Except it wasn’t Wolf that broke the news about Osama Bin Laden’s death, it was John King! Yup, good ‘ol John King jumped at the chance during one of those split screens and stole Wolf’s big moment!

You could almost see the disappointment on the Wolfman’s face as King blurtled out the news!

And it had to be especially hard on Blitzer that he wasn’t the one to tell the audience the news because it was one of THOSE moments!

One of those moments…

The kind they tell us that we’ll always remember where we were when it happened!


Will I always remember that I was in bed, ready to fall asleep on a Sunday night when I heard the news that a mass murder of the worst kind was finally tracked down after ten years and killed in his suburban home?

Yeah, I will!

And it got me thinking.

I started to think back about other “big” moments in my lifetime to see if I remembered “where I was”.

12:30 PM CDT, November 22, 1963…The JFK assassination. I was a little over one year old so I don’t actually have a memory of this one, but my mother was watching me while watching the soap opera, “As The World Turns”.

3:17 PM CDT, July 20, 1969…Apollo 11 successfully lands on the moon. I was laying on my parent’s living room floor watching it on a TV that my kids wouldn’t believe was actually a television set. Later that evening at 9:56 PM, I was still in front of that same TV when Astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon!

April 8, 1974…my dad and I watched on COLOR TV as Hank Aaron hit homerun number 715 to break Babe Ruth’s record. Legendary announcer, Curt Gowdy called the game. It is a record that in my mind still stands today.

August 8, 1974…Once again in my parent’s living room I watched, as did the world as President Richard Nixon announced he would resign the Presidency the following day. (Where would Chevy Chase be without that one?)

March 30, 1981…I had just finished a practice round of golf with my high school team when I heard the news that President Reagan had been shot.

January 28, 1986…The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff. There was no live television coverage of the launch, but over my lunch hour, while at a friend’s apartment, we heard the news of the tragic accident.

January 17, 1991…While walking through a local shopping mall, my wife and I hear the news that The Gulf War aka, “Operation Desert Storm” had begun. We hurried home and watched as CNN anchor, Bernard Shaw gave first hand accounts from under a table in his Baghdad hotel room.

September 11, 2001…It was a beautiful late summer morning and I had just returned from taking my son to his bus stop when I heard the news on the “Today Show” that one of the World Trade Center Towers had been hit. Shortly after that, the second tower was hit and I didn’t leave my television for the rest of the day.

May 1, 2011…Following a great day, one in which my son’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held, I laid in bed and waited for President Obama to tell the world that an evil man had received justice.