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Where were you when Elvis Presley died? I know you remember.

I was living in upstate NY, it was 1977, I was 12. It was August and I was walking back home from a friend’s house. I remember hearing people inside their homes, crying, while the TV was on – from house to house (no one had AC back then so the windows were open).

I learned about Princess Diana’s death while I was at the grocery store one morning, late August 1997. I glanced over at the newspaper rack and I saw a photo of the Princess and the caption above the photo was “Di Dead.” I didn’t believe it.

When the World Trade Centers were being attacked I was in my car, stopped waiting for the light to turn green. Turned on the radio. I was in shock. I thought for certain it was either a joke, or maybe something was wrong with the plane and they were trying to make an emergency landing. The next day we were supposed to go to Italy for 10 days.

September 11, 2001

The world had changed forever.

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