History is much more than just old headlines.
History is much more than just old headlines.

Amazing moments are few and rare

WHERE were you when? There are just a few moments in our life when we can clearly recall just where we were when a major event happened.

I was reflecting on this during the week after speaking of the significance of the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Only a few weeks ago, I had stumbled on an original copy of the Courier Mail that featured his amazing walk on the moon.

The young reporters in the newsroom couldn't quite grasp why I was so caught up in Armstrong's death and I pulled out the paper to make my point.

APN sports journalist, Richard Harvey's two young boys called in to see their dad and I showed them the paper which also didn't really register with them. I even got them to hold onto the paper, while I took a picture.

An estimated 600 million people around the world saw the most amazing television broadcast of their life in July, 1969. I was one of them and I remember sitting in our crowded lounge room watching the replays time and again in total silence.

If you asked me where I was on Christmas Day, 1974, when Cyclone Tracy wiped out Darwin I can tell you in detail. If you asked me where I was in 1977 when more than 80 people lost their lives in the Granville train disaster, I can also close my eyes and picture the scene.

But ask me where I was on this day last year and I would stare at you blankly. Life has but few of those sometimes frightening and sometimes amazing freeze frames.

peter.chapman@frasercoastchronicle.com.au



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