I remember where I was when Elvis Presley died. I was at home, and I can still hear my mother's screams. He really had a broken heart.
I also remember where I was when I heard that John Lennon had been shot and killed. For that, my brother and I were at the mall – and I will never forget that my brother was more emotional about this than anyone else.
President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas before I was born, but I remember when President Ronald Reagan was shot.
Remembering the milestones of life, society and history makes me think of two things: conspiracies and people who don't remember things.
With the fiftieth anniversary of the man walking on the moon coming in less than two weeks, we begin to hear the nay-sayers and conspiracies.
Has it really happened? People question the fluttering flag in astronaut photos, the lack of dust, even the photos taken by "who took the picture?" Which have been explained.
Some people are still not satisfied.
I don't remember why I was 2 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. I met him once and I have no doubt he walked on that disc of cheese in the night sky.
It seems that he can be a skeptic through my work, and I still believe that some things are absolutely true. Maybe it's when I meet people. However, I think there are some things in life for which the government knows much more than us, but not everything.
Regardless, I think we who remember things are a dying race. Forget the conspiracy theorists; technology is changing society and generations too.
My most recent significant memories of "where I was" are Prescott & # 39; s Fallen 19 (June 30, 2013) and the terrorist attacks of September 11 (September 11, 2001). For Hotshots I was at work and I was driving on Williamson Valley Road when news broke on the September 11th attack.
But many of today's children do not remember.
I was appalled when someone recently asked me about the meaning of June 30th. Why was the newspaper preparing so much for something that was only in a movie ("Only the Brave")?
He thought it was "just a movie" – or that they were somewhere, but it couldn't be "here," he said looking briefly at his iPhone.
This man was young, but he would have been in college when the Hotshots died. So many people – not necessarily young people – spend so much time looking at their phones, it gives a new meaning to "smart phone". This is probably because the devices suck the intelligence from you while they disengage you from life.
Maybe it's because I want to believe in some things I work to remember. I look at the stars and the full moon, wondering what the primitive man thought.
Also, I think it's about focusing on life and what we can learn from it – giving us direction, meaning and then inventing our minds.
"Look at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and ask yourself what makes the universe exist. Be curious." – Stephen Hawking
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