A couple days ago, Lester Holt on NBC began a story saying that everyone remembers where they were when they heard the verdict in the OJ Simpson murder trial. Okay, I didn’t know we were supposed to remember that one, too. A couple weeks ago, we were talking about how everyone remembers what they were doing when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Sorry, but I don’t remember in either case. We’ve got far too many of these “remember where you were” events. What else are we supposed to remember? John Lennon’s assassination? The Reagan shooting? Nixon’s resignation? Geraldo opening Al Capone’s vault? Steve Jobs returns to Apple?
For me, there are only three such events: the Kennedy assassination, the Challenger explosion, and 9/11. That’s enough. Don’t trivialize them by putting the OJ verdict in the same category.